The Spectroscopy of Enzymes: Introductory Remarks

  • J. L. Houben
Part of the Progress in Mathematics book series (NSSA)


The problems of the determination by molecular spectroscopies of the enzyme structure and dynamics as related to their catalytic activity appear, at least at first sight, to be fairly trivial and easy to resolve; a close collaboration between enzymologists and spectroscopists and an awareness that one must begin by posing the problem in functional terms, seem to be all that are needed. The appropriate questions may well be formulated in the following terms: “How does an enzyme actually work? How is it structured? What are the internal dynamic components relevant to the catalytic event? How can the relevant structural and dynamic parameters be measured?”


Fluorescence Lifetime Polarization Tensor Vibrational Spectroscopy Molecular Spectroscopy Functional Term 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. L. Houben
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  1. 1.Istituto di Chimica Quantistica ed Energetica MolecolareConsiglio Nazionale delle RicerchePisaItaly

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