Biology Experiments for Teachers – Enzymes: Catalase

Security. Though the hazards within the following experiments are negligible, you might be suggested to seek the advice of the most recent version of ‘Safeguards within the Faculty Laboratory’ printed by The Affiliation for Science Schooling ( earlier than embarking on any experiment.

Define. Catalase is an enzyme which happens within the cells of many residing organisms. Sure of the energy-releasing reactions within the cell produce hydrogen peroxide as an end-product. This compound, which is poisonous to the cell, is break up to water and oxygen by the motion of catalase. 2H2O2 = 2H2O + O2

Samples of liver and yeast are dropped into hydrogen peroxide. Oxygen is advanced and the scholar is requested to increase the experiment to attempt to determine if an enzyme within the tissues is accountable. The experiments and the questions take about one hour.

Prior information. The existence of inorganic catalysts; enzymes denatured on boiling; oxygen relights a glowing splint.

Advance preparation and supplies – per group

20 quantity hydrogen peroxide 50 cm3


liver, about 1 cm dice

distilled water 20 cm3

dried yeast about 1 g

clear sand about 1 g

activated charcoal granules, about 1 g

Equipment – per group

test-tube rack and 4 test-tubes

forceps or seeker for pushing liver into test-tube

4 labels or spirit marker

filter funnel

Bunsen burner

filter paper

test-tube holder

mortar and pestle


The investigation under is a reasonably vital examination of plant and animal tissues to see if

they include catalase.

(a) Label three test-tubes 1-3.

(b) Pour about 20 mm (depth) hydrogen peroxide into every tube.

(c) Reduce the liver into 3 items.

(d) To tube 1 add a small piece of liver, and to tube 2 add a pinch of dried yeast.

(e) Insert a glowing splint into tubes 1 and a couple of, bringing it near the liquid floor or into the higher a part of the froth.

1 Describe what you noticed taking place and the impact on the glowing splint.

2 How do you interpret these observations?

3 Is there any proof from this experiment to this point, to point whether or not the gasoline is coming from the hydrogen peroxide or from the strong?

4 Is there any proof at this stage that an enzyme is concerned within the manufacturing of gasoline on this response?

(f) In tube 3 place a number of granules of charcoal and observe the response.

5 May charcoal be an enzyme? Clarify your reply.

6 Assuming (i) that the gasoline in (f) is identical as earlier than and (ii) that the charcoal is sort of pure carbon, does the consequence with charcoal assist you to to determine on the supply of the gasoline on this and the earlier experiments?

(g) Suppose the speculation is superior that there’s an enzyme within the liver and yeast, which decomposes hydrogen peroxide to oxygen and water; design and perform a management experiment to check this speculation.

7 Report (i) the experiment, (ii) the explanations which led you to conduct it, (iii) the noticed

outcomes and (iv) your conclusions.

(h) Wash out the test-tubes. Design and perform an experiment to see if the supposed enzyme within the plant and animal materials might be extracted and nonetheless retain its properties. The experiment ought to embody a management.

8 Describe briefly your process, your outcomes and your conclusions.

9 Assuming that liver and yeast every include an enzyme which splits hydrogen peroxide, is there any proof to indicate that it’s the identical enzyme? What must be executed to search out this out for sure?

Dialogue – solutions

1 Effervescence must be noticed in every case however it’s extra vigorous with yeast than with liver. The glowing splint ought to relight.

2 Oxygen is being produced.

3 There is no such thing as a proof to point whether or not the liquid or strong is giving the gasoline. If the scholars suppose {that a} strong is unlikely to present off a gasoline they may very well be reminded of marble and hydrochloric acid by which it’s the strong producing the carbon dioxide. It appears much less probably, nevertheless, that yeast and liver would each give off oxygen when handled with hydrogen peroxide, than that hydrogen peroxide ought to give oxygen when handled with various substances.

4 Up to now, there isn’t any proof of an enzyme being concerned.

5 A gasoline will come off however not sufficiently quickly to relight a glowing splint. Charcoal couldn’t

be an enzyme as a result of (a) it is a component and (b) it has been produced by very excessive temperatures that might destroy enzymes.

6 Charcoal, as a component, couldn’t be giving off oxygen. The gasoline have to be coming from the

hydrogen peroxide.

7 (i) The experiment ought to contain boiling the tissues after which placing them into hydrogen peroxide.

(ii) If an enzyme is concerned,

(iii) no gasoline can be produced.

8 The scholar ought to grind the samples with just a little sand and distilled water, filter and check the filtrate with hydrogen peroxide. Oxygen can be advanced with a vigour proportional to that witnessed when the unique substances have been examined.

The scholar ought to boil half of every extract and present that it loses its exercise.

9 There appears no elementary purpose why yeast and liver mustn’t have totally different enzymes which catalyse the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide. To make certain on this level, the enzymes must be extracted and their chemical composition decided.

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