Amylase--Michealis-Menten kinetics?

K N and P J Harris ecoli at cix.compulink.co.uk
Sat Nov 4 05:14:54 EST 1995


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> Using a simple photometer to detect digestion of iodine-stained 
arrowroot
> starch by salivary amylase, I have gotten a graph that is FAIRLY 
closely
> modeled by the  Michaelis-Menten equation.  But it deviates 
significantly.
>  Do you have any suggestions as to why?  
> Bruce Ratcliffe, AP Bio teacher, Edison High School Fresno, CA  
> BruceRat at AOL.COM
If the iodine is added too early or too strongly it will interfere with 
the enzymic activity. The same mess-up happens with most iodometric 
titrations if the iodine is added too soon.
Peter Harris,
Univerisity of Reading, UK.




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