A0512 Sigma

Amylose from potato

used as amylase substrate



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Quality Level   PREMIUM
impurities   amylopectin, essentially free
  ≤10% ethanol
  ≤2% butanol
storage temp.   room temp


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1, 5, 25 g in poly bottle

250 mg in poly bottle


A substrate for serum amylase.


Amylose is a polyglucose polysaccharide which together with amylopectin makes starch(s). The glucosidic bonds of amylopectin are α-1,4 linkages. Amylose is used to identify, differentiate and characterize amylase(s). Amylose is used as a thickening agent, a gelling agent and emulsion stabilizer. Amylose is used in the preparation of films and membranes with potential use in drug delivery.

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GHS07  GHS07
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If available for a given product, the recommended re-test date or the expiration date can be found on the Certificate of Analysis. These documents are located on the product detail page under Useful Links & Tools. Click on the following link to search for a Certificate of Analysis. Please click the following link to see the details on our Product Dating Information.
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What can I use to solubilize Amylose from Potato, Product A0512?
This product is soluble in 50 mM NaOH at a concentration of 1 mg/mL. The product can also be dissolved as follows (final concentration = 1 mg/ml): Dissolve 100 mg in 1 mL ethanol. Add 10 mL water and 2 mL of 10% NaOH. Heat in boiling water bath until sample dissolves, cool to ambient temperature, then dilute to 100 mL with water.
What is the blue value of Amylose from Potato, Product A0512? How is it determined?
Prepare iodine solution and Solution A:   1. Iodine solution: 0.2% iodine in 2% potassium iodide. 2. Solution A: To 100 mg of sample in 100 mL flask, add 1 mL ethanol. Add 10 mL water and 2 mL of 10% NaOH. Warm in boiling water bath until sample dissolves. After cooling, dilute to 100 mL with water. Transfer 2.5 mL of solution A to 250 mL flask. To this flask, add 50 mL water, then 2 drops of 6 N hydrochloric acid, followed by 2.5 mL of Iodine solution. Dilute to 250 mL with water. Read absorbance at 680 nm against a blank. The final solution to be read will be at a sample concentration of 10 μg per mL, and 1% of the iodine solution. This procedure is based on McCready, R. M., and Hassid, W. Z., The Separation and Quantitative Estimation of Amylose and Amyolpectin in Potato Starch. J. Am. Chem. Soc., Vol. 65, pp. 1154-1157 (1943).
What is the molecular weight of Amylose from Potato, Product A0512?
Sigma-Aldrich has not determined the molecular weight of the product. One reported range is from 40,000 to 340,000 Daltons, with chains containing 250 to 2000 anhydroglucose units. Source: WHO Food Additives Series No. 5, online here:
What is the method of preparation of Amylose from Potato, Product A0512?
The method of preparation is given in Street and Close, Clin. Chim. Acta, 1, 256-268 (1956). Potato starch is dissolved in boiling 2% (w/v) NaCl solution, filtered while hot, then cooled. Thymol is added, and the mixture is stirred for 48 hr. Amylopectin is decanted away in the supernatant. The precipitate is washed six times with concentrated thymol solution, four times with absolute ethanol, and dried.
What do the "Types" of Amylose from Potato, Product A0512, mean?
The "Type" of the product has no significant meaning outside Sigma-Aldrich. The differences between products were designated by types before Sigma had established product numbers for specific products. The types were differentiated on several bases, including manufacturing method, source, and purity.
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