Protein of The Month

 

September: Xanthine Oxidase
Origin: The gene for Xanthine Oxidase is primarily expressed in the liver and in the gastrointestinal tract; where it is involved in uric acid metabolism.
Application: This enzyme is useful for enzymatic determination of many different chemical compounds, including determination of inorganic phosphorus, 5′-nucleotidase and adenosine deaminase when coupled with purine-nucleoside phosphorylase and uricase.
How: Xanthine Oxidase generates a superoxide radical while catalyzing the oxidation of xanthine to uric acid.
Did you know: Xanthine Oxidase is a precursor for many biochemical substances and pharmaceutical products, including caffeine.
 

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