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P4860 Sigma

Protease from Bacillus licheniformis

≥2.4 U/g

Synonym: Alcalase® 2.4L, Proteinase from Bacillus licheniformis, Subtilisin A



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Analysis Note

Activity expressed in Anson Units

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A product of Novozyme Corp.

Alcalase is a registered trademark of Novozymes Corp.


Protease is an enzyme used to break down proteins by hydrolyzing peptide bonds. Protease is used to degrade proteins, to study protease inhibitors and to study thermal inactivation kinetics. Protease is used in nucleic acid isolation procedures in incubations.

The enzyme from Sigma has been used to prepare chicken (leg) bone protein hydrolysates while evaluating ACE inhibitory peptides. It has also been used for the hydrolysis of Chlorella pyrenoidosa protein extracts during a study of their antitumor activities.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Alcalase is an endo-protease of the serine type. It has a broad substrate specificity and can hydrolyze most peptide bonds within a protein molecule. It is active between pH 6.5 and 8.5 and has an optimum temperature of 60 °C. The enzyme is is used in detergent formulations to remove protein-based stains.

Protease catabolizes proteins by hydrolysis of peptide bonds. Proteases are inactivated by serine active-site inhibitors, such as phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride (PMSF) and diisopropylfluorophosphate .

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What is the composition of the solution in which P4860 Protease from Bacillus licheniformis is prepared?
The composition of P4860 is 50% (w/w) glycerol, 41% (w/w) water, and 9% (w/w) enzyme.
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