Immobilise enzymes

HideShow resource information

Immobilised enzymes

  • These are enzymes that are fixed, bound or trapped in an inert matrix e.g alginate beadss.
  • They can be packed into glass columns
  • Substrate can be added to the top of the column and reacts with the enzyme as it slowly flows down.
  • Once set up the column can be used again and again
  • As the enzyme is fixed it doesn't mix up with the products therefore cheaper to seperate
  • Immobilising enzymes creates micro environments allowing reactions to occur at higher temperatures than normal.

Other advantages

    • Enzymes can tolerate wider range of conditions
    • Enzymes are easily recovered, reducing overall cost
    • Several enzymes with different optimal conditions can be used
    • Enzymes can easily be added or removed giving greater control of the reaction
1 of 2


  • Biosensors work on principle that enzymes are specific and are able to select one type of molecule from a mixture.
  • Can be used in the accurate detection of minute traces.
  • Detection of blood sugar in diabetics
  • The electrode probe has specific immobilised enzyme in a membrane and is placed in the blood sample.
  • If glucose is present, it diffuse through the membrane and forms enzyme-substrate complex.
  • This produces a small electric current which is picked up by the elecctrode which is read by the meter.
  • Normal blood glucose levels are 3.89-5.83 mmol dm-3

Steps of using a biosensor:

    • Blood contains a mixture of different molecules
    • Enzyme electrode is placed in a blood sample
    • Glucose diffuse through membrane enzyme layer
    • Oxygen is taken up
    • Rate of oxygen uptake is proportional to glucose concentration
    • Digital shows accurate concentration of glucose.
2 of 2


No comments have yet been made

Similar Biology resources:

See all Biology resources »See all Biological molecules, organic chemistry and biochemistry resources »