Enzymes surf the explosion wave

Tsekouras 2015 image
Image: ISO-FORM

Enzymes are biological catalysts: chemical match makers who make reactions happen. Some of these reactions are so explosive that the enzyme ought to be torn apart, like a man stepping on a land mine; and yet the enzyme seems immune. We have found out why: enzymes first get rid of the explosion energy by pouring it out as a sound wave, then they surf on that wave to move around.

Related Abstract

Gray arrow  http://meeting.aps.org/Meeting/MAR15/Session/L47.7