A collagen film microassay for tissue collagenase

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A quantitative microassay for the detection of bacterial and tissue collagenase is presented. Collagen in acetic acid solution forms a thin, tenacious film upon contact with a dried agar surface. The digestion of the film by collagenase is detected by subsequent staining with Coomassie blue. Undigested film is stained dark blue while areas of collagenase digestion remain clear. The technique can be employed in two ways: with collagen-coated glass coverslips as a rapid screening method or with collagen-lined capillary tubes for precise quantitation. The assay has a sensitivity comparable to those assays using radioactively labeled collagen substrates and requires only 5 to 60 min of incubation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-588
Number of pages10
JournalAnalytical Biochemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1976
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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