Malt β-Glucanase/Lichenase Assay Kit (MBG4 Method)
100 assays (manual format) / 400 assays (auto-analyser format)
100 / 200 assays (manual format) / 330 assays (auto-analyser format)
The MBG4 reagent contains a single substrate, namely 4,6-O-benzylidene-2-chloro-4-nitrophenyl-β-(31-β-D-cellotriosyl-glucoside) (BCNPBG4). The benzylidene acetal group prevents any hydrolytic action by exo-acting hydrolytic enzymes such as β-glucosidase or cellobiohydrolase. Mixed linkage
β-glucanase (endo-1,3:1,4-β-glucanase) / lichenase (EC 220.127.116.11) acts specifically to release 2-chloro-4-nitrophenol (CNP) from this substrate. The rate of release of CNP is directly related to the β-glucanase/lichenase activity in a sample. The reaction is terminated and the phenolate colour is developed on addition of Tris buffer solution (pH = 10.0).
Note that the substrate is not hydrolysed by β-glucosidase or cellobiohydrolase. The substrate can be hydrolysed by certain endo-cellulases (e.g. Trichoderma sp.) but this does not result in an increase in absorbance.
Data calculators are located in the Documentation tab.
Colourimetric method for the determination of endo-1,3:1.4-β-glucanase/lichenase in crude malt extracts and enzyme preparations
(1) Benzylidene-BGTETB-β-CNP + H2O → Benzymidene-BGTETB + CNP
(2) CNP → phenolate ion (yellow colour)
Note: CNP = 2-Chloro-4-nitrophenol
Malt β-glucanase 100 assays (manual) / 400 (auto-analyser)
Lichenase 100 / 200 assays (manual) / 330 (auto-analyser)
Method: Spectrophotometric at 400 nm
Total assay time:
Malt β-glucanase 20 min (manual) / 10 min (auto-analyser)
Lichenase 10 min (manual) / 10 min (auto-analyser)
Malt β-glucanase 4.3 x 10-4 U/mL
Lichenase 9.1 x 10-5 U/mL
Crude malt extracts, industrial enzyme preparations
Method recognition: Novel method
- Very cost effective
- All reagents stable for > 2 years
- Specific for endo-1,3:1,4-β-glucanase/lichenase
- Simple, convenient, rapid assay
- Well suited to automation
- Malt flour standard and lichenase standard included
Novel approaches to the automated assay of β-glucanase and lichenase activity.
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