Michael Zavrel, Karl Kochanowski, Antje Spieß:
Comparison of different approaches and computer programs for progress curve analysis of enzyme kinetics
Engineering in Life Sciences, 2010, 10(3), 191-200
For the analysis of enzyme kinetics, a variety of programs exists. These programs apply either algebraic or dynamic parameter estimation, requiring different approaches for data fitting. The choice of approach and computer program is usually subjective, and it is generally assumed that this choice has no influence on the obtained parameter estimates. However, this assumption has not yet been verified comprehensively. Therefore, in this study, five computer programs for progress curve analysis were compared with respect to accuracy and minimum data amount required to obtain accurate parameter estimates. While two of these five computer programs (MS-Excel, Origin) use algebraic parameter estimation, three computer programs (Encora, ModelMaker, gPROMS) are able to perform dynamic parameter estimation. For this comparison, the industrially important enzyme penicillin amidase (EC 188.8.131.52) was studied, and both experimental and in silico data were used. It was shown that significant differences in the estimated parameter values arise by using different computer programs, especially if the number of data points is low. Therefore, deviations between parameter values reported in the literature could simply be caused by the use of different computer programs.