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Mar15-11, 12:43 PM
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Quote Quote by 1MileCrash View Post
As I progress in this biology lab I'm currently taking, I'm starting to notice that most toxic substances (non-organic) seem to be enzyme inhibitors. This isn't really mentioned in lab but I look the substances up out of interest.

Do these just so happen to be the toxic substances I'm learning about or is there a reason for this?

A question out of pure curiosity.
It's more a matter of what our weaknesses are; you stop our ability to saaaay, break down acetylcholine, and we're in deep DEEEEP trouble.

Then again, a lot of the toxins you'd be looking at are also carcinogenic

Anyway, inorganic usually means that it's interfering with enzyme pathways one way or another, either through inhibition (usually more toxic) or excitation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aflatoxin is a good example of something a little different and organic.

There are relatively limited ways that inorganic substances hurt us; they need to somehow accumulate and damage us that way, or they do their damage during an attempt at metabolism... so.. enzymes.