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Trypsin inhibitor from Phaseolus limensis (lima bean)

Type II-L, crude powder

Synonym: Trypsin Inhibitor from lima beans




Trypsin inhibitor from Phaseolus limensis (lima bean) has been used:
• in the inhibition of trypsin in human plasma
• in the termination of proteolytic digestion in rabbit skeletal muscles
• in the inhibition of salivary glands enzyme extract from Lygus lineolaris
• in the inhibition of proteolytic activity in Agave tequilana enzyme extract

Trypsin inhibitor has been used as an affinity ligand for isolation of elastase-type enzymes.


1 g in glass bottle

100, 500 mg in glass bottle

Biochem/physiol Actions

Trypsin inhibitor from lima beans belongs to Bowman-Birk family of protease inhibitors. It is 9 kDa in molecular weight and contains nine disulfide bridges and is highly thermostable. It has trypsin and chymotrypsin binding subdomains.

Physical properties

Monomer has an apparent molecular weight of approx. 9,000 Da but undergoes a concentration and pH-dependent dimerization.

Unit Definition

One trypsin unit will produce a ΔA253 of 0.001 per min with BAEE as substrate at pH 7.6 at 25 °C; reaction volume 3.2 mL, 1 cm light path.

Preparation Note

Prepared by a modification of the method of Tauber, H., et al., J. Biol. Chem., 179, 1155 (1949) (modified).

Analysis Note

One mg will inhibit ≥0.8 mg of trypsin with activity of approx. 10,000 BAEE units per mg protein.

Other Notes

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Safety & Documentation

Safety Information

GHS08  GHS08
Signal word 
Hazard statements 
Precautionary statements 
NONH for all modes of transport
WGK Germany 


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Protocols & Articles


HPLC Analysis of Proteins on Discovery® BIO PolyMA-WAX (Analyte Set #1)

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Keywords: Chromatography, High performance liquid chromatography, Separation


Enzymatic Assay of Trypsin Inhibitor

3.2 Unit Definition – One Trypsin BAEE unit will produce a ΔA253nm of 0.001 per minute with BAEE as substrate at pH 7.6 at 25ºC in a reaction volume of 3.2 ml.

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