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New sensitive assay for phosphatidylserine decarboxylase based on the detection of CO2 from nonradiolabeled phosphatidylserine.

  • Author(s): Warner, TG
  • Dennis, EA
  • et al.

A new rapid assay for phosphatidylserine decarboxylase, which is sensitive in the nanomolar range, is described. Synthesis of radiolabeled phosphatidylserine for use as a substrate is not required, since the assay, unlike previous ones, is based on the detection of CO(2) liberated from unlabeled phosphatidylserine. The assay employs a gas chromatographic procedure for the analysis of methane formed by catalytic conversion of the CO(2) produced as a product of the enzymatic reaction.

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