Materials and Methods

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4.1.2 Materials and Methods Materials

L-Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) (type XI: from rabbit muscle, EC, α- chymotrypsin (type II: from bovine pancreas, EC, pyruvate, n-benzoyl-l- tyrosine-p-nitroanilide, 1,4 – dioxane, NADH, trehalose, sorbitol and glycine betaine were purchased from Sigma Chemical Co. (St. Louis, MO, USA). Lipase (type VII: from Candida rugosa, EC was purchased from Sigma, Japan. KH2PO4, K2HPO4, Na2HPO4 and phosphate buffer tablets (pH 7.2) were obtained from BDH (Poole, England). Tributyrin (98%) was purchased from Aldrich Chemical Co., USA. Equipment

LDH activity and chymotrypsin activity was measured on a UV spectrophotometer (Cary 4000, Varian, Melbourne, Australia) equipped with a temperature controlled cuvette holder. Lipase activity was measured using an autotitrator (DL50, Mettler Toledo) with a sensor (DG113, Mettler Toledo). Freeze drying was carried out in a general purpose freeze dryer (Model 24DX24, Virtis). LDH activity assay

LDH activity was measured at 32oC. All solutions were made in 50 mM potassium phosphate buffer, pH 7.5. The 2.0 ml reaction mixture contained 2.3 mM pyruvate and 0.26 mM NADH. The spectrophotometer was blanked with the reaction mixture and the reaction was initiated by the addition of 50 µL of LDH solution (10 µg/mL) and was followed by measuring the decrease in absorbance at 340 nm. The reaction mixture was held in a temperature controlled cuvette holder for five minutes prior to the addition of enzyme. Chymotrypsin activity assay

Chymotrypsin activity was measured at room temperature (22oC). The substrate, n- benzoyl-l-tyrosine-p-nitroanilide, was prepared in 1,4-dioxane solution. The 1 ml reaction mixture contained 50 mM sodium phosphate buffer, pH 8.0, 0.4 mg/mL of enzyme and 0.15 mM substrate. The spectrophotometer was blanked before the addition of substrate. The reaction was initiated by the addition of substrate and was monitored by observing the increase in absorbance at 405 nm. Lipase activity assay

Lipase activity was measured at room temperature (22oC). The reaction mixture contained 1 mL tributyrin in 25 mL phosphate buffer (5 mM, pH 7.2, prepared from buffer tablets, BDH, Poole, England). A pretitration run was done to attain the set pH before the final titration. The titrant used was 0.05 N NaOH. The reaction was initiated by adding 100 µL of lipase solution (0.3% w/v) and the reaction was run for 10 min. The lipase activity was calculated from the amount of NaOH consumed (ie the fatty acids produced).

Stress experiments

After determining the catalytic activity of the enzyme, aliquots of the enzyme solution were transferred to microcentrifuge tubes, supplemented with compensatory solutes (final concentration: 1M) and then subjected to heat denaturation or freeze drying. The total volume of enzyme/stabilizer solution was 250 µL for LDH and chymotrypsin assay, and 1000 µL for lipase assay.

In controls, the enzymes were incubated with compensatory solutions (final concentration: 1M) for 10 min at room temperature (22oC). The activities of the enzymes were then determined as described above. The relative activity of the enzymes was expressed as a percentage of the activity prior to the stress experiments. Heat denaturation

For heat denaturation, the enzyme/stabilizer solutions in microcentrifuge tubes were incubated in a temperature block for 10 min at the specified temperature. The holes of the temperature block were partially filled with water to ensure good conductivity of temperature to the tubes. Freeze-drying

For freeze drying, the enzyme/stabilizer solutions were frozen at approximately -50°C for two minutes using dry-ice in acetone followed by lyophilization for 24 hours at a temperature of -20oC using the freeze dryer. The enzymes were rehydrated using the same volume of distilled water as the mixture was before freeze-drying. Freeze-thawing

For freeze-thawing, the enzyme/stabilizer solutions were frozen at approximately -50°C for two minutes using dry-ice in acetone and then thawed in a water bath at a constant temperature of 32°C. The same procedure was repeated for each freeze-thaw cycle. Data analysis

The non-linear regression function of SigmaStat for Windows (v3, SPSS) was used to fit the relationship between the enzyme activity (% initial) and temperature to several empirical equations, using the Marquart-Levenberg algorithm. These equations were mainly used for interpolation to get TD-50 values, the temperature at which the enzyme loses 50% of its activity.

Empirical equations that gave excellent fits were a double exponential equation:

) ( 2 * 100 m x t e y = − − (4.1)

a logistic equation: ) ) ( 1 ( 100 m t x y + = (4.2)

and a sigmoid equation: ) 1 ( 100 ) (x t m e y + = (4.3)

where ‘y’ is the relative activity of the enzyme (% initial),‘t’ is the temperature (°C) at which the enzyme lost 50% activity and ‘x’ is the temperature. The parameter ‘m’ is a measure of the steepness of the curve. All data were fitted to all three equations. Equation 4.1 gave the best fit for heat denaturation of LDH and chymotrypsin, and equation 4.2 for heat denaturation of lipase.

Replicate trials (three) were conducted to observe the decrease in the activity of the enzymes with the increase in temperature and in the presence of different compensatory solutes. Parameters for each set of data were estimated by curve fitting, carried out with weights 1/(1+s2) where s is the standard error of the mean of the activities at each temperature.

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