Myo-inositol monophosphatase, an enzyme purified from brain tissues, catalyses the dephosphorylation of myo-inositol 1-phosphate. This enzyme has become the subject of intense research interest since myo-inositol is needed for the resynthesis of phosphatidylinositol in cell membranes. Since phosphate contamination has always been a problem for the assay of this enzyme activity, we have developed a coupled enzymatic assay for detecting the activity of the phosphatase with no interference by the presence of phosphate. The assay is based on the measurement of inositol release after dephosphorylation and subsequent conversion of inositol into scyllo-inosose by a second enzyme, inositol dehydrogenase from Enterobacter aerogenes. Since the second reaction requires the presence of β-NAD+, the activity of the dephosphorylation reaction can be monitored continuously by the increase of absorbance at 340 nm spectrophotometrically.
- Continuous coupled enzymatic assay
- Myo-inositol monophosphatase
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