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Why are concentrated enzymes more stable?

Dima Klenchin klenchin at facstaff.wisc.edu
Wed Oct 9 20:35:27 EST 1996

In article <newitt-0910961330520001 at>,
   newitt at nih.gov (John A. Newitt) wrote:
->In article <mac446-0410961737230001 at hastingsq610.harvard.edu>,
->mac446 at hastingslab.harvard.edu (Thomas F. Fagan) wrote:
->> Isn't it a matter of unfolding? The more concentrated the enzyme is 
->> more likely it is to be bound to other enzyme molecules by hydrogen
->> bonding or other interactions and the less likely it is to 
->> unfold.  This is why you can substitute "enzyme" with BSA or some 
->> stabilizing protein.
->I think sticking to surfaces has a lot to do with it. A large percentage
->of your protein will be lost due to nonspecific sticking to the tube, 
->when it is too dilute.

I don't think so. Long time ago I compared stability of very dilute
IgG-peroxidase conjugates incubated in either control tubes and in
tubes extensively preblocked (and washed) with BSA. A loss of 
activity due to sticking contributed minor portion of the overall loss. 

- Dima

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