Modifications induced by ascorbic acid on alkaline phosphatase fluorescence

Elisabetta Meucci, Alvaro Mordente, Ge Martorana, Ga Miggiano, A Ursitti, A. Castelli

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Ascorbic acid, isoascorbic acid and dehydroascorbic acid quench the tryptophyl fluorescence of alkaline phosphatase. The quenching is protein aspecific, although its extent reflects the different inhibitory efficiency of the compounds. The kinetic inactivation and emission deactivation of alkaline phosphatase isoenzymes present also striking similarities. The fluorescence modifications, moreover, show a particular pattern, indicative of a transition phenomenon. The quenching effects displayed by the ascorbic system on alkaline phosphatase can then supply an interesting insight into other aspects of the inhibitor-enzyme interaction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-318
Number of pages8
JournalItalian Journal of Biochemistry
Publication statusPublished - 1984


  • Alkaline Phosphatase
  • Animals
  • Ascorbic Acid
  • Cattle
  • Isoenzymes
  • Kidney
  • Spectrometry, Fluorescence


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