Determination of enzyme global thermostability from equilibrium and kinetic analysis of heat inactivation

Richard KO Apenten, N Berthanon

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An equilibrium-kinetic description for the two-stage irreversible thermoinactivation of enzymes (N D I) is examined by using chymotrypsin as a model. The parameter ΔG for enzyme unfolding (N D) and activation free energy for the D I reaction (ΔG#i) were summed to provide an index of enzyme global thermostability (ΔG#; ΔG# = ΔG + ΔG#i). There was good agreement between calculated and experimental global thermostability (i.e. enzyme stability with respect to reversible and irreversible thermoinactivation reaction steps) at 0–60°C. The results indicate that enzyme global thermostability may be markedly dependent on the rate of enzyme folding
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15
JournalFood Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1994


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