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Keywords:

  • Enzyme kinetics;
  • enzyme inhibition;
  • library screening;
  • outreach;
  • high-throughput screening;
  • wheat germ acid phosphatase

Abstract

Library screening methods are commonly used in industry and research. This article describes an experiment that screens a library of household substances for properties that would make a good “drug,” including enzyme inhibition, neutral pH, and nondenaturing to proteins, using wheat germ acid phosphatase as the target protein. An adaptation of the experiment appropriate for lower level biochemistry or outreach is also described.

This work was supported by Wabash College through the Haines Fund for the Study of Biochemistry and the National Science Foundation through Grant DUE 0126242.