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ERIC Number: EJ825810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Kinetic Analysis of Amylase Using Quantitative Benedict's and Iodine Starch Reagents
Cochran, Beverly; Lunday, Deborah; Miskevich, Frank
Journal of Chemical Education, v85 n3 p401-403 Mar 2008
Quantitative analysis of carbohydrates is a fundamental analytical tool used in many aspects of biology and chemistry. We have adapted a technique developed by Mathews et al. using an inexpensive scanner and open-source image analysis software to quantify amylase activity using both the breakdown of starch and the appearance of glucose. Breakdown of starch is analyzed using the iodide/iodine reagent, while the appearance of glucose is followed using Benedict's reagent. The progress of Benedict's reagent is quantified using the inherent color change of a blue solution into a red precipitate. The reaction velocity at different time points is then plotted and graphed using an Excel spreadsheet. This laboratory emphasizes that enzymes mediate the conversion of a substrate into a product and that either the concentration of product or reactant may be used to follow the course of a reaction. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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