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Advances in Zymography Techniques and Patents Regarding Protease Analysis

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Detection of enzymatic activity on gel electrophoresis, namely zymography, is a technique that has received increasing attention in the last 10 years, according to the number of articles published. A growing amount of enzymes, mainly proteases, are now routinely detected by zymography. Detailed analytical studies are beginning to be published, as well as new patents have been developed. This new article updates the information covered in our last review, condensing the recent publications dealing with the identification of proteolytic enzymes in electrophoretic gel supports and its variations. The new advances of this method are basically focused towards two dimensional zymography and transfer zymography. Though comparatively fewer patents have been published, they basically coincide in the study of matrix metalloproteases. The tendency is foreseen to be very productive in the area of zymoproteomics, combining electrophoresis and mass spectrometry for the analysis of proteases.
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Keywords: Electrophoresis; IEF; MMP; NMDA; cathepsin zymography; enzymes; in-situ-zymography; matrix metalloproteases; native PAGE; proteases; reverse zymography; transfer zymography; two-dimensional zymography; zymography; zymoproteomics

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2012

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