Azocasein Assay for Alkaline Protease in Complex Fermentation Broth
- ISSN: 0951208X
- DOI: 10.1007/BF00152446
An azocasein assay has been developed for determination of alkaline protease in fermentation broth from a complex substrate containing ca. 50 g/l protein which to a high degree interferes with azocasein. Methods described in the literature have been found inaccurate as results deviate ca. 50% from true activity, so one of the methods is modified in order to eliminate interference. Proportionality between the relative azocasein concentration and the deviation from true activity is found. An azocasein concentration of 350 mg azocasein per mi sample gives satisfactory results with an accuracy of +/-5%. Application of a standard addition method also improves the accuracy, but is laborious and less precise.