• Product name

    Catalase Activity Assay Kit (Colorimetric/Fluorometric)
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  • Detection method

  • Sample type

    Urine, Serum, Plasma, Cell Lysate, Tissue Lysate
  • Assay type

    Enzyme activity (quantitative)
  • Assay time

    0h 40m
  • Product overview

    Catalase Activity Assay Kit (Colorimetric/Fluorometric) (ab83464) is a highly sensitive, simple and direct assay for measuring catalase activity in a variety of biological samples such as cell and tissue lysates or biological fluids.

    In the catalase activity assay protocol, the catalase present in the sample reacts with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to produce water and oxygen. The unconverted H2O2 reacts with probe to produce a product that can be measured colorimetrically at OD 570 nm or fluorometrically at Ex/Em = 535/587 nm. Therefore, the catalase activity present in the sample is reversely proportional to the signal obtained. The kit can detect as little as 1 µU of catalase activity.

    Catalase activity assay protocol summary:
    - add samples and standards to wells
    - add stop solution into sample control wells and incubate at 25ºC for 5 min
    - add H2O2 solution into wells and incubate for 30 min at 25ºC
    - add stop solution
    - add developer mix and incubate for 10 min at 25ºC
    - analyze with microplate reader

  • Platform

    Microplate reader


  • Storage instructions

    Store at +4°C. Please refer to protocols.
  • Components Identifier 100 tests
    Catalase Assay Buffer NM 1 x 25ml
    Catalase Positive Control Blue 1 x 2µl
    HRP (Lyophilised) Green 1 vial
    Hydrogen peroxide Yellow 1 x 25µl
    OxiRed Probe Red 1 x 200µl
    Stop Solution White 1 x 1ml
  • Research areas

  • Function

    Occurs in almost all aerobically respiring organisms and serves to protect cells from the toxic effects of hydrogen peroxide. Promotes growth of cells including T-cells, B-cells, myeloid leukemia cells, melanoma cells, mastocytoma cells and normal and transformed fibroblast cells.
  • Involvement in disease

    Defects in CAT are the cause of acatalasia (ACATLAS) [MIM:115500]; also known as acatalasemia. This disease is characterized by absence of catalase activity in red cells and is often associated with ulcerating oral lesions.
  • Sequence similarities

    Belongs to the catalase family.
  • Post-translational

    The N-terminus is blocked.
  • Cellular localization

  • Information by UniProt
  • Alternative names

    • CAT
    • Catalase
    • EC
    • MGC138422
    • MGC138424
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  • Sample tests using ab83464.
  • H2O2 standard curve using ab83464.



This product has been referenced in:

  • Maio N  et al. Dimeric ferrochelatase bridges ABCB7 and ABCB10 homodimers in an architecturally defined molecular complex required for heme biosynthesis. Haematologica N/A:N/A (2019). Read more (PubMed: 30765471) »
  • Li Y  et al. CDK4/6 inhibitor protects chemerin-induced human granulosa-lutein cells from apoptosis by inhibiting the p53/p21 waf pathway. Mol Reprod Dev N/A:N/A (2019). Read more (PubMed: 31339188) »
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Customer reviews and Q&As

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The highly sensitive and direct measurement of catalase activity in bacterial supernatants was performed by using the Catalase Activity Assay Kit (ab83464) from Abcam. Bacterial cells were grown in defined medium and harvested at late exponential phase by centrifugation at 15,000 x g for 20 min. The obtained supernatant was sterile filtrated with a 0.22 µm filter and was used for the assay. Standard preparation and assay procedure were done according to manufacturer‘s instruction for colorimetric assays. There were significant differences in the activity of catalase between bacterial mutant 1 and the wildtype. This suggests a higher catalase secretion in mutant 1. Compared to this observation, there are no differences by measuring the Superoxide dismutase activitiy (see see Superoxide dismutase acitivity assay from Abcam [ab65354])

Miss. Lisa Teubner

Verified customer

Submitted Mar 18 2019

Sample preparation – Microalgae.
1. Harvest the amount of microalgae necessary for each assay (initial recommendation = 15 mg).
2. Resuspend microalgae in 500 μL of cold Assay Buffer.
3. Sonicate the sample for 30 seconds on ice. Repeat three times.
4. Centrifuge 10 minutes at 4ºC at 10,000g using a cold microcentrifuge to remove any insoluble material.
5. Collect supernatant and transfer to a clean tube.
6. Keep on ice.

- It is recommended to perform several dilution of your sample to ensure the reading are within the standard value range. In this case the dilution factor was 1:100.

Laura Baselga

Verified customer

Submitted Aug 31 2018


Regarding the HRP  The amount of HRP once reconstituted in 200 ul is enough for 1 plate + 1 extra reaction (2 ul per reaction). This should therefore be enough for a 1 plate assay.   The 1 extra reaction amount means that if for example you want to split your experiments into 2X  separate assays using half a plate, you will need to be careful how much you use for the first assay and perhaps prepare master mix for half plate plus half a reaction.

The assay is measuring the amount of H2O2 left behind as it is used up by the catalase. The higher the catalase activity, the less H2O2 will be left at the end of the assay when it is measured.  The reason to add extra H2O2 is to ensure that the readings of the High Control (HC) and sample is within the standard curve.   For example, on the example shown on the datasheet, the sample data starts with OD 1.5 (HC) while the sample OD is 0.25. the difference in OD values is therefore almost near the upper end of the standard curve. It is to help ensure the sample values remain in the range of the assay if they contain a lot of catalase.

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The High Control (HC) is a well that has the same volume of sample (2-78 uL) loaded as your sample wells. If you load wells with different volumes of sample, you will need to also load multiple HC wells with the same volume of sample. Prior to adding hydryogen peroxide to all of the wells, 10 uL of stop solution is added to each HC well and incubated for 5 minutes at 25 degrees Celsius to completely inhibit the catalase activity (step C). The HC well OD reading is used to calculate the signal changes by catalase in your samples as outlined in the Data Analysis section (page 9), serving as a baseline OD reading.

This is essentially a similar principle to subtracting a background OD reading (negative control), but since there is an inverse relationship between the OD reading and catalase activity with this assay, it is referred to as a High Control rather than a negative control.

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Gracias por contactarnos.

En el kit tiene lugar la reacción de H2O2 para producir H2O y oxigeno catalizado por la enzima catalasa. El H2O2 que queda sin reaccionar reacciona con OxiRed™ generando un producto que presenta absorbancia medida a 570nm.

En el pocillo del High Control la reacción de conversión de H2O2 en agua y oxigeno se detiene antes de que tenga lugar, por eso se añade la Stop Solution. De esta forma, se puede saber la cantidad de H2O2 que había inicialmente en las muestras, sin que haya sido catalizada por la catalasa.

Al final, la absorbancia debida a la actividad de la catalasa vendrá dada por la siguiente ecuación: Abs (A)= Abs (HC) – Abs (simple).

La forma de preparar el HC es la misma que en las muestras: se añade la muestra primero (o el control positivo) y se ajusta el volumen hasta 78ul con Assay Buffer. Después se añaden 10ul de Stop Solution solo a los pocillos del HC, para inhibir la actividad de la enzima.

Espero haber aclarado la pregunta. En caso contrario no dudes en volverme a contactar.

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Thank you for contacting us.

I can confirm that the fluorimetric detection method can be used with the 545/590 filter. Please note that the expected results could be of less quality as reading results with a 535/587 filter would be.

I can confirm, that for unknown samples, we suggest testing several doses of the sample to ensure the readings are within the linear range.

I hope this information is helpful to you. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any more advice or information.

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Thank you for contacting us. I am sorry to hear that you have had problems with our Catalase Assay Kit (ab83464)

I would like to reassure you that this kit is tested and covered by our 6 month guarantee for Tissue extracts. In the event that a product is not functioning in the tested applications and species cited on the product data sheet (and the problem has been reported within 6 months of purchase), we will be pleased to provide a credit note, free of charge replacement or refund.

I would like to investigate this particular case further for you, and also obtain more information for our quality monitoring records. In order to proceed with this, I have enclosed a technical questionnaire below. I would appreciate if you could complete this. It will help you put the information we require together very easily.

A. General Information
- Catalogue number: ab83464

- Lot number:

- Purchase order number/ order date or preferably the Abcam order number:

- How was the kit stored?

B. Description of the problem
- Are the signals you obtained with control or standard satisfactory? (Yes/No);

- Are the sample readings as expected or inconsistent?

- Are the blank readings as expected?

- Other (e.g. missing components)

C. What do you think the problem is caused by? E.g. enzyme is faulty, developer is faulty or other component that you think might be faulty.

D. Sample
- Sample Type (e.g. Cell culture supernatant, Cell lysates, Tissue lysates or Serum samples)

- Sample Species (e.g. human, mouse or rat)

- Storage (at what temperature and for how long were the samples stored?)

- Sample treatment, if any

- Sometime proteins in samples interfere with readings. Have you removed proteins?

- Sample preparation what dilution the sample was used in for the assay?

E. Protocol used:
Did you follow the protocol exactly as given on the datasheet?

F. Optimizations attempts (problem solving); please describe any deviations from the protocol.

G. Have you used the same kit successfully before?

H. Do you obtain the same results every time?

I. Additional Notes; (any additional information you would like to provide)

J. Results: I would appreciate if you could also provide any data which would help us to assess the results.

Thank you for your time and cooperation. We look forward to receiving the completed questionnaire and I hope we can find a solution soon.

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Thank you very much for your interest in our products.

To our knowledge, we have do not have a Catalase Assay kit in our catalog that is tested and guaranteed for plants. Since ab83464 is working by measuring the the unconverted H2O2, which then reacts with OxiRed™ probe to produce a product, which can be measured at 570 nm (Colorimetric method) or at Ex/Em=535/587 nm (fluorometric method), this kit should be suitable also for plant catalase.

https://www.abcam.com/index.html?datasheet=83464 (or use the following: https://www.abcam.com/index.html?datasheet=83464).

This has bot been tested by us and therefore is not guaranteed.

However by participating in our AbTrial program your customer can now use our products in an untested application or species without financial risk.

Simply follow these easy steps below to apply for our AbTrial Program:

1. Reply to this email, letting us know your customer is interested in testing this product and with the customer email address and institute.

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3. Purchase and test the product at the regular price.

4.Your customer submits their results, including the discount code in the additional notes section of your Abreview.

5. Once the Abreview is submitted, the discount code will become active.

6. Apply the discount code on your next order for this customer to receive that value off.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this offer and I would be happy to help you and your customer further.

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Thank you for your reply.

As for your samples, the dilution is extremely important and from your previous results it seems that 1:20 is best of the three you have already tested. Perhaps testing 1:25 and/or 1:30 would also be useful to check.

I hope this information is helpful and I apologize for the delay in responses. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any additional questions or concerns.

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Thank you for your patience as I have investigated this issue further with the laboratory.

I can confirm that you performed the assay correctly the second time, only adding stop solution to the standards and HC ONCE.

It is not clear however, why the HC readings were lower than your samples. Were these freshly prepared samples? Do you have more samples and room on the plate to try again? If not, please provide an order number and I will send a replacement kit.

I look forward to your reply so that I may assist you further.

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