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(§-D-Glucoside glucohydrolase; EC
ß-Glucosidase catalyzes the following reaction:
b-D-Glucoside + H2O ----------> D-Glucose + Alcohol 
The enzyme is found in many seeds. It also occurs in yeasts, molds and bacteria. It was first extracted from sweet almonds and was formerly known as Emulsin. The purified §-glucosidase also exhibits considerable D-galactosidase activity. It is a relatively stable enzyme retaining its catalytic activity over the pH range of 2.0-9.5. Purified §-glucosidase from sweet almonds has 2 active subunits with molecular weights of 117,000 and 66,500.

1.Source: Sweet Almonds
   Form: Freeze-dried powder 
   Solubility: Distilled water or dilute buffer 
   Stability: Store at -20 C (-4 F) 
   Activity (approx.): 10-60 U/mg protein 
   Protein (approx.): 90% (biuret) 
   Contaminants (approx.): May contain slight amounts of a- and -galactosidases as impurities; Amylase <0.0001% 
   Catalog No.: 079A0060 

The amount of enzyme which catalyzes the formation of one micromole of p-Nitrophenol per minute at 37°C.

The method of assay is based on the reaction of p-Nitrophenol, which is formed during the reaction, is determined spectrophotometrically at 400nm.

  1. 0.1 M Acetate buffer, pH 5.0.
  2. 0.02 M p-Nitrophenyl-§-D-glucopyranoside (PNPG) solution. Dissolve 603 mg PNPG/100 ml H2O (stable for two weeks if stored at -5°C).
  3. 0.2 M Na2CO3 solution. Dissolve 21.2 gm Na2CO3/1000 ml H2O.
  4. 0.2% Bovine serum albumin (BSA) solution. Dissolve 0.2 gm of BSA in 100 ml of 0.01 M phosphate buffer, pH 7.0.
  5. §-Glucosidase (enzyme) solution (0.006-0.022 U/ml). Dissolve the enzyme preparation in ice-cold 0.05 M Tris-HCl buffer, pH 7.8 (about 1 mg/ml) and dilute to 0.006-0.022 U/ml with 0.2% BSA, immediately before assay.

  1. Set up a water bath at 37°C and a spectrophotometer at 400nm.
  2. Place the following reagents in a test tube and equilibrate in the water bath at 37°C for about 15 minutes:
    Acetate buffer, pH 5.0    1.0 ml
    PNPG solution             0.5 ml
  3. Add 0.5 ml of the enzyme solution and mix.
  4. After the test tubes have incubated for exactly 15 minutes at 37°C, add 2.0 ml of Na2CO3 solution to stop the reaction (ODtest). At the same time, prepare the blank by first mixing the reagent mixture with 2.0 ml of Na2CO3 solution after the 15 minute incubation period at 37°C, and then adding the enzyme solution (ODblank).
  5. Measure the absorbance of the test (ODtest) and blank (ODblank) at 400nm against H2O.

Activity (U/mg) = ΔOD(ODtest - ODblank)(Total Vol.)(Enz. Diln.)
(18.1)(Reaction Time)(Enz. Vol.)(mg Enz./ml)

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