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S. K. Iyer, H. H. Daron, and J. L. Aull

Summary. An alkaline phosphatase was purified from boar seminal plasma using adsorption to calcium phosphate gel, gel filtration, and ion-exchange chromatography. The preparation gave a single band on SDS polyacrylamide electrophoresis. The enzyme was a non-specific alkaline phosphatase that hydrolysed pyrophosphate slowly and had no phosphodiesterase activity. The pH optimum was 10 and the Km was approximately 0·2 mm with p-nitrophenyl phosphate as substrate. The enzyme was a zinc metalloenzyme as indicated by the loss of activity when treated with o-phenanthroline and the restoration of activity by zinc and magnesium ions. It also lost activity when treated with thiols. Molecular weight estimates from SDS polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and gel filtration suggest that the enzyme is a tetramer of identical subunits, each of which has a molecular weight of 68 000.

Keywords: alkaline phosphatase; boar semen; purification