Biology Experiments for Teachers – Enzymes: Catalase

Protection. Whilst the hazards in the subsequent experiments are negligible, you are recommended to seek advice from the newest edition of ‘Safeguards in the School Laboratory’ published by The Affiliation for Science Education and learning ( kingdom) just before embarking on any experiment.

Outline. Catalase is an enzyme which happens in the cells of quite a few residing organisms. Selected of the vitality-releasing reactions in the mobile produce hydrogen peroxide as an stop-products. This compound, which is harmful to the mobile, is break up to water and oxygen by the action of catalase. 2H2O2 = 2H2O + O2

Samples of liver and yeast are dropped into hydrogen peroxide. Oxygen is advanced and the scholar is questioned to lengthen the experiment to test and decide if an enzyme in the tissues is accountable. The experiments and the inquiries get about 1 hour.

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

Progress preparation and components – per group

20 volume hydrogen peroxide 50 cm3


liver, about 1 cm cube

distilled drinking water 20 cm3

dried yeast about 1 g

cleanse sand about 1 g

activated charcoal granules, about 1 g

Apparatus – for every group

check-tube rack and 4 test-tubes

forceps or seeker for pushing liver into check-tube

4 labels or spirit marker

filter funnel

Bunsen burner

filter paper

test-tube holder

mortar and pestle


The investigation under is a reasonably important evaluation of plant and animal tissues to see if
they have catalase.

(a) Label 3 examination-tubes 1-3.

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

(c) Slice the liver into 3 items.

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

(e) Insert a glowing splint into tubes 1 and 2, bringing it close to the liquid surface area or into the higher part of the froth.

1 Explain what you noticed taking place and the effect on the glowing splint.

2 How do you interpret these observations?

3 Is there any proof from this experiment so considerably, to indicate irrespective of whether the gasoline is coming from the hydrogen peroxide or from the sound?

4 Is there any proof at this phase that an enzyme is concerned in the creation of fuel in this response?

(f) In tube 3 location a couple granules of charcoal and observe the response.

5 Could charcoal be an enzyme? Make clear your reply.

6 Assuming (i) that the gasoline in (f) is the similar as right before and (ii) that the charcoal is virtually pure carbon, does the result with charcoal enable you to choose on the source of the fuel in this and the prior experiments?

(g) Suppose the speculation is state-of-the-art that there is an enzyme in the liver and yeast, which decomposes hydrogen peroxide to oxygen and drinking water style and carry out a handle experiment to examination this hypothesis.

7 File (i) the experiment, (ii) the explanations which led you to perform it, (iii) the noticed
benefits and (iv) your conclusions.

(h) Clean out the check-tubes. Style and carry out an experiment to see if the supposed enzyme in the plant and animal materials can be extracted and however keep its homes. The experiment should really include a management.

8 Explain briefly your process, your results and your conclusions.

9 Assuming that liver and yeast every single include an enzyme which splits hydrogen peroxide, is there any proof to demonstrate that it is the same enzyme? What would have to be done to come across this out for specified?

Discussion – responses

1 Effervescence should really be noticed in each individual circumstance but it is additional vigorous with yeast than with liver. The glowing splint should relight.

2 Oxygen is currently being produced.

3 There is no evidence to indicate no matter if the liquid or sound is offering the fuel. If the college students assume that a stable is unlikely to give off a gasoline they could be reminded of marble and hydrochloric acid in which it is the reliable generating the carbon dioxide. It looks less probable, however, that yeast and liver would the two give off oxygen when addressed with hydrogen peroxide, than that hydrogen peroxide need to give oxygen when addressed with diverse substances.

4 So significantly, there is no proof of an enzyme getting concerned.

5 A gasoline will occur off but not sufficiently rapidly to relight a glowing splint. Charcoal could not
be an enzyme mainly because (a) it is an aspect and (b) it has been created by incredibly significant temperatures that would wipe out enzymes.

6 Charcoal, as an ingredient, could not be offering off oxygen. The gas ought to be coming from the
hydrogen peroxide.

7 (i) The experiment should really contain boiling the tissues and then placing them into hydrogen peroxide.
(ii) If an enzyme is concerned,
(iii) no fuel will be manufactured.

8 The student should grind the samples with a tiny sand and distilled drinking water, filter and test the filtrate with hydrogen peroxide. Oxygen will be evolved with a vigour proportional to that witnessed when the first substances were being examined.

The student need to boil 50 percent of just about every extract and present that it loses its exercise.

9 There seems no essential cause why yeast and liver really should not have various enzymes which catalyse the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide. To be particular on this position, the enzymes would have to be extracted and their chemical composition decided.