The detection of enzyme activity following sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis

Anal Biochem. 1998 Jun 15;260(1):1-17. doi: 10.1006/abio.1998.2680.


More than a hundred different enzymes impinging on aspects of cell function ranging from carbohydrate and lipid metabolism to signal transduction and gene expression to biomolecule degradation have been detected by the assay of their enzymatic activities following SDS-PAGE. The strategies by which this has been accomplished are as varied as the enzymes themselves and offer testimony to the creativeness and ingenuity of life scientists. Assay of enzyme activity following SDS-PAGE is well adapted to identifying the source of catalytic activity in a heterogeneous protein mixture or a heterooligomeric protein (20), or determining if multiple catalytic activities reside in a single polypeptide (60). The alliance of versatile enzyme assay techniques with the molecular resolution of SDS-PAGE offers a powerful means for meeting the increasing demand for the high-throughput screening arising from protein engineering, combinatorial chemistry, and functional genomics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel / methods
  • Enzymes / analysis*
  • Enzymes / chemistry
  • Enzymes / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Protein Denaturation
  • Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate


  • Enzymes
  • Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate