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Not all enzymes are proteins!

Axonly
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6/12/2016 3:13:05 AM
Posted: 6 months ago
Turns out RNA molecules called "Ribozymes" (Not ribosomes!) can act as enzymes, which is unusual considering virtually all enzymes are proteins. They are generally used in the RNA processing stage of protein synthesis, so are quite vital to this process (And therefore to bodily function as a whole).
Meh!
Mhykiel
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6/12/2016 1:09:16 PM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 6/12/2016 3:13:05 AM, Axonly wrote:
Turns out RNA molecules called "Ribozymes" (Not ribosomes!) can act as enzymes, which is unusual considering virtually all enzymes are proteins. They are generally used in the RNA processing stage of protein synthesis, so are quite vital to this process (And therefore to bodily function as a whole).

In other news not all belts hold pants up
Axonly
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6/12/2016 4:12:00 PM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 6/12/2016 1:09:16 PM, Mhykiel wrote:
At 6/12/2016 3:13:05 AM, Axonly wrote:
Turns out RNA molecules called "Ribozymes" (Not ribosomes!) can act as enzymes, which is unusual considering virtually all enzymes are proteins. They are generally used in the RNA processing stage of protein synthesis, so are quite vital to this process (And therefore to bodily function as a whole).

In other news not all belts hold pants up

Why are you even here.
Meh!
Axonly
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6/14/2016 12:44:39 PM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 6/12/2016 3:13:05 AM, Axonly wrote:
Turns out RNA molecules called "Ribozymes" (Not ribosomes!) can act as enzymes, which is unusual considering virtually all enzymes are proteins. They are generally used in the RNA processing stage of protein synthesis, so are quite vital to this process (And therefore to bodily function as a whole).

Oh, I forgot to add, there are no other (Known) enzymes that aren't proteins.

Also, ribozymes are apparently quite rare in the body, despite how essential they are.
Meh!
RuvDraba
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6/14/2016 1:48:04 PM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 6/12/2016 3:13:05 AM, Axonly wrote:
Turns out RNA molecules called "Ribozymes" (Not ribosomes!) can act as enzymes, which is unusual considering virtually all enzymes are proteins.
They have some nifty therapeutic uses too, Ax. [http://www.news-medical.net...]

But what has you excited? Is it that it may offer another path to the abiogenetic construction of self-replication? [http://www.nature.com...]
Axonly
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6/14/2016 2:04:34 PM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 6/14/2016 1:48:04 PM, RuvDraba wrote:
At 6/12/2016 3:13:05 AM, Axonly wrote:
Turns out RNA molecules called "Ribozymes" (Not ribosomes!) can act as enzymes, which is unusual considering virtually all enzymes are proteins.
They have some nifty therapeutic uses too, Ax. [http://www.news-medical.net...]

But what has you excited? Is it that it may offer another path to the abiogenetic construction of self-replication? [http://www.nature.com...]

I wasn't really thinking of their uses, but more of their existence.
Meh!