Basic yet practical user interface
The program features a fairly basic appearance, yet given its purpose, it is probably unlikely that is should focus on its looks rather than on its functionality.
Nonetheless, EnzLab is fairly simple to understand and work with, so even if your knowledge in the field is quite limited, you will still be able to generate a set of results, particularly if you rely on the supplied documentation.
Run enzyme kinetics experiments and plot the results
When launching the application, it will automatically pick a random enzyme and offer you a series of information about it as well as setting out your task. You will then be prompted to choose the type of enzyme that you want to work with, the available options being ‘Protease’, ‘Dehydrogenase’, ‘Hydratase’, ‘Decarboxylase’ and ‘Phosphatase’.
EnzLab will instruct you on its concentration and the specific activity value, suggesting that you take note of this data. You can also select the number of samples to thaw, ranging from 1 to 6, displaying the total quantity of enzyme solution in the main window.
You can then set the volume level, the PH value, the substrate and inhibitor concentrations, then click on the ‘Go’ button for EnzLab to begin analyzing the entered data. If the values are not correct, you will be warned by the utility.
For each run, a graph will be generated, where you can visualize the results of the simulated experiment, specifically the absorbance level over time. In addition, the results can be listed or copied to clipboard and pasted in another window for further work.
A useful simulation instrument of enzyme studies
In conclusion, EnzLab is a complex and efficient tool that aims to provide you with the means of conducting scientific research on enzyme kinetics, being able to obtain a series of results on which to base your experimental strategy.
Reviewed by Marina Dan on June 3rd, 2014
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Application descriptionEnzLab is a useful program enables you to carry out a study of enzyme kinetics using computer simulation. You can obta...