Enzyme and Microbial Technology, Vol.31, No.3, 300-309, 2002
A new kinetic model proposed for enzymatic hydrolysis of lactose by a beta-galactosidase from Kluyveromyces fragilis
We study the enzymatic hydrolysis of lactose by a commercial enzyme from a selected strain of Kluyveromyces fragilis. The variables analyzed were: temperature (25-40degreesC), enzyme concentration (0.1-3.0 g l(-1)), lactose concentration (0.0278-0.208 M), and initial galactose concentration (0.0347 M). On the basis of the data analyzed, both published and in the present work, we propose a Michaelis-Menten kinetic model with inhibition by the product (galactose), which reveals that the substrate (lactose) and the product (galactose) present similar affinity for the active site of the enzyme.