pH9 vs pH10: Battle of the Bases for Alkaline Phosphatase
Enzymes known as phosphatases are well investigated and often used by cells. Human Alkaline phosphatase is a member of the phosphatase family, which are membrane-bound glycoproteins that hydrolyze phosphate monoesters at high pH levels and are commonly found in the bloodstream. Alkaline phosphatase in human functions best at a pH of 9 according to some studies  while others indicate that it functions best at pH 10 . In this project, we resolved the conflict by measuring the enzyme velocity at both pHs using enzyme assay which showed that the optimum pH is 10. A colorimetric assay, NPP is used to assess the activity of the enzyme.
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