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Biotechnol Appl Biochem. 1991 Dec;14(3):306-16.

Investigation of the UDP-glucose dehydrogenase reaction for a coupled assay of UDP-glucose pyrophosphorylase activities.

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Institut für Enzymtechnologie, Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf im Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany.


An optimized coupled enzyme assay for UDP-glucose pyrophosphorylase (EC using UDP-glucose dehydrogenase (EC is presented. This optimized assay was developed by a detailed investigation of the kinetics of the UDP-glucose dehydrogenase reaction. In addition the data provide a basis for the enzymatic synthesis of UDP-glucuronic acid. The results demonstrate that the two binding sites of the dehydrogenase differ since a different modulation of the enzyme activity and stability is observed after preincubation with UDP-glucose or NAD+ at various pH values. This is of general interest for the preparation of assay mixtures where UDP-glucose dehydrogenase is used as an auxiliary enzyme.

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