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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2000 Jan 3;1483(1):132-40.

An active-site titration method for lipases.

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Department of Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44, Stockholm, Sweden.


A method for active-site titration of lipases has been developed based on irreversible inhibition by methyl p-nitrophenyl n-hexylphosphonate. This method was applied to five lipases displaying from minor to pronounced interfacial activation. Soluble and immobilized lipases were successfully titrated in aqueous media. A low concentration of sodium dodecyl sulfate was needed for lipases displaying pronounced interfacial activation. The carrier of some of the immobilized preparations adsorbed part of the produced p-nitrophenolate. This problem could be solved by extracting the p-nitrophenolate after inhibition. The method was extended to apolar organic solvents in the case of immobilized lipase preparations.

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