Lab-scale preparation and QC of phytase assay substrate from rice bran

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  • Claus Krogh Madsen
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  • Charles Alistair Brearley, School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia
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  • Henrik Brinch-Pedersen

Phytases are involved in the phosphate acquisition and remobilization in plants, microbes and animals. They have become important technical enzymes in the feed industry and are used to make phosphate, present in animal feed as phytate, available for monogastric animal nutrition. Phytases may also be beneficial to human nutrition because phytate is known to interfere with the uptake of important micronutrients. Accordingly, phytases attract considerable research attention and phytate substrate lacking contaminants that interfere with commonly used phosphate-release assays is essential for this field of science. A procedure to prepare suitable sodium phytate from rice bran is presented. Extracted phytate is precipitated with barium hydroxide and re-dissolved in methanol after washing steps and sulphuric acid treatment. Remaining impurities are precipitated before the dissolved phytate is recovered as the sodium salt by addition of sodium hydroxide. In order to make the substrate widely available for research communities, the procedure relies solely on basic laboratory equipment and materials. Methods for quality control and monitoring of the purified sodium phytate or commercial alternatives are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAnalytical Biochemistry
Pages (from-to)7-12
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

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