Why would inhibitors be beneficial?

The question I’m trying to answer says “why would inhibitors be beneficial for an organism?” Im not sure how to answer it could I please get an explanation

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Enzyme inhibitors are molecules that interact with enzymes (either temporarily or permanently) – and reduce the rate of enzyme-catalysed reactions or prevent enzymes working in their usual manner.

Beneficial inhibitors

• May regulate a process – product of the catalysed reaction may inhibit enzyme function so stopping production of molecules no longer needed. Negative feedback, as in homeostasis.
• Might be as potential drug mechanisms for stopping the progression of a disease.

• Generally, we just look at harmful effect – poisons stopping key enzymes functioning. But this can be beneficial if the inhibitor is a drug preventing a pathogen’s metabolic pathway

Good luck!

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