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A sensitive new method for measurement of guanase with 8-azaguanine in bicine bis-hydroxy ethyl glycine buffer as substrate

, : A sensitive new method for measurement of guanase with 8-azaguanine in bicine bis-hydroxy ethyl glycine buffer as substrate. Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry 115(2): 135-144

Serum guanase activity has been considered as a possible specific indicator of hepatocellular diseases. However, no suitable method is available for routine clinical determination of serum guanase activity. Conventional assay methods are troublesome and inaccurate, since guanine and 8-azaguanine, the substrates of the enzyme, are scarcely soluble in water so that it is not possible to prepare a stable substrate solution of sufficient concentration for use in assays. A new method was developed for assay of guanase activity by direct colorimetric determination of ammonia. In this method, bicine bis-hydroxy ethyl glycine (dotite bicine) buffer is used for preparation of a stable substrate solution and with a fixed concentration of substrate of sufficient strength serum guanase can be measured sensitively and reproducibly. This assay system could be used as a routine clinical laboratory test in the diagnosis of liver damage.


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