Further characterization of intestinal lactase/phlorizin hydrolase

Biochim Biophys Acta. 1982 Sep 22;707(1):89-97. doi: 10.1016/0167-4838(82)90400-9.


Pig intestinal lactase/phlorizin hydrolase (EC was purified in its amphiphilic form by immunoadsorbent chromatography. The purified enzyme was free of other known brush border enzymes and appeared homogeneous in immunoelectrophoresis and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis in the presence of SDS. Pig lactase/phlorizin hydrolase was shown to have the same quaternary structure as the human enzyme, i.e., built up of two polypeptides of the same molecular weight (160000). In addition to hydrolyzing lactose, phlorizin and a number of synthetic substrates, both the human and the pig enzyme were shown to have a considerable activity against cellotriose and cellotetraose, and a low but significant activity against cellulose. The lactase/phlorizin hydrolase isolated from pigs in which the pancreatic ducts had been disconnected 3 days before death and from Ca2+-precipitated enterocyte membranes (basolateral and intracellular membranes) exhibited in SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis the same size of constituent polypeptides and the same catalytic and immunological properties as a normal brush border lactase/phlorizin hydrolase.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Galactosidases / isolation & purification*
  • Glucosidases / isolation & purification*
  • Humans
  • Immunoelectrophoresis, Two-Dimensional
  • Intestine, Small / enzymology*
  • Kinetics
  • Lactase-Phlorizin Hydrolase / isolation & purification*
  • Lactase-Phlorizin Hydrolase / metabolism
  • Microvilli / enzymology
  • Molecular Weight
  • Species Specificity
  • Substrate Specificity
  • Swine
  • beta-Galactosidase / isolation & purification*
  • beta-Galactosidase / metabolism


  • Galactosidases
  • Glucosidases
  • beta-Galactosidase
  • Lactase-Phlorizin Hydrolase