Enzyme Lab Report
Title: Determining the Enzyme Activity of PPO Using Dihydroxyphenylalanine and
Dopachrome Concentration
Prepared by: Sang Yoon Lee
Lab partner: Seung Yun Lee
Date: 11/07/13
Enzymes are proteins that act as catalysts to speed up chemical reactions. Often
times without enzymes living form cannot sustain life because the biochemical reactions
react too slowly to keep up with the metabolism that take place within the body. In this
lab, enzyme polyphenol oxidase (PPO) was used to produce dopaquinone as product
material, which were then turned to dopachrome. Potato polyphenol oxidase (PPO) is an
enzyme that is activated upon exposure of the potato to the outside environment. PPO
causes the potato to turn brown upon the oxidation reaction with oxygen. To study the
relationship between enzyme reactivity and product concentration, qualitative and
quantitative assays were used. Qualitative assay examined serial dilution of enzyme, that
is, to validate the existence of PPO activity in the potato extract. During the quantitative
assays were examined, different ratio of PPO dilution and various volumes of the buffer,
citrate-phosphate, were measured. The assay also studied how the concentration of
dopachrome varies depending on the amount of buffer put to the solutions. Velocity of
enzyme reaction and activity of the enzyme were also examined.
Results and Discussion
Qualitative PPO activity assay:
The qualitative PPO activity assay had been produced to ensure that there
is clear evidence that PPO is active to convert dopa to orange colored dopachrome. The
result had shown that 40 mM of dopa and PPO extract must be present in the same
solution in order for enzymic reaction to occur. Although citrate-phosphate buffer helps
enzymes to contain the active form, it did not take a crucial role on the actual reaction.
Tube #2 with 0.5 ml of dopa and PPO extract present showed the positive reaction: color
of the solution changed to orange due to enzyme catalysis. The other test tubes either
lacked dopa or PPO extract and showed negative reaction: the color of the solution did
not change.
Table. Qualitative polyphenol oxidase test
40 mM dopa
5.0 mL
5.0 mL
5.0 mL
0.5 mL
0.5 mL
0.0 mL
0.5 mL
0.0 mL
0.5 mL
0.0 mL
0.5 mL
0.5 mL
Color (+/-)
Quantitative PPO activity assay:
Different dilution ratio showed different rate of reaction. It was clearly
shown that amount of dopachrome produced and absorbance rate at 475nm were linearly
proportional to time and dopachrom concentration, respectively. The concentration of
dopagchome and absorbance had an equation of y = 0.2147x + 0.0349, where R² =
0.99991. Also the lab had found that higher the dilution, the rate of enzymic reaction
increase in linear proportion. The related graph contained the equation of y = 0.024x 0.0004, R² = 0.97671.
According to the results found higher concentration of enzyme PPO yielded
higher concentration of corresponding product, dopachrome. It was phenotypically
presented that test tubes with higher concentration of PPO created darker solution,
evidence of higher concentration of dopachrome, after they were put into a
spectrophotometer for four minutes. It should be noted that higher presence of PPO
increased the rate of reaction, possibly due to a reason that more enzymes are available
for substrate to bind at a given time. Unless enzymes are fully occupied with substrates
and no longer can accept other substrates until the current ones are processed, the rate of
dopachrome production increased linearly. It could be concluded that enzymes play the
key role in expediting chemical reactions, which is critical for any organisms that require
efficient metabolism.