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EnzyChrom™ Lactose Assay Kit


  • For quantitative determination of lactose and evaluation of drug effects on lactose metabolism.

Key Features

  • Sensitive. Use as little as 20 µL samples. Linear detection range in 96-well plate: 17 to 2000 µM lactose for colorimetric assays and 6 to 100 µM for fluorimetric assays.
  • Convenient and high-throughput. Robust and homogeneous “mix-incubate-measure” type assay. Can be readily automated on HTS liquid handling systems for processing thousands of samples per day.


  • OD570nm, or FL530/585nm


  • Biological (milk), food and agriculture etc


  • All


  • 30 min


  • 100 tests

Detection Limit

  • 6 µM

Shelf Life

  • 6 months

More Details

  • Lactose (C12H22O11), also called milk sugar, is a disaccharide that consists of β-D-galactose and α/β-D-glucose through a β1-4 glycosidic linkage. Lactose is the major sugar and makes up 2–8% of milk. Simple, direct and high-throughput assays for lactose determination find wide applications. BioAssay Systems assay uses specific enzyme-coupled reactions in which lactose is cleaved and the resulting galactose forms a colored product. The color intensity at 570nm or fluorescence intensity at 530nm/585nm is directly proportional to the lactose concentration in the sample.

I would like to know if I can use the optical density at 540nm to read my samples.

The signal at 540nm is only about 2/3 of the signal at 570 nm, but you still can use it. However, you will lose sensitivity.

Xue, H et al. (2020). Lactose-induced chronic diarrhea results from abnormal luminal microbial fermentation and disorder of ion transport in the colon. Frontiers in Physiology, 11, 877. Assay: Lactose in rat feces.

Snyder, N. A., Palmer, M. V., Reinhardt, T. A., & Cunningham, K. W. (2019). Milk biosynthesis requires the Golgi cation exchanger TMEM165. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 294(9), 3181-3191. Assay: Lactose in mouse skimmed milk.

Vabbilisetty, P and S Xue-Long (2014). Liposome surface functionalization based on different anchoring lipids via Staudinger ligation. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry 12(8): 1237-44. Assay: Lactose in liposome.

Kwon DH et al (2012).Dietary protein restriction induces steatohepatitis and alters leptin/signal transducers and activators of transcription 3 signaling in lactating rats. J Nutr Biochem 23(7):791-9. Assay: Lactose in rat milk.

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If you or your labs do not have the equipment or scientists necessary to run this assay, BioAssay Systems can perform the service for you.

– Fast turnaround
– Quality data
– Low cost

Please email or call 1-510-782-9988 x 2 to request assay service.


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Delivery: 1-2 days (US), 3-6 days (Intl)
Storage: -20°C upon receipt

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