Lactose Analytes from Analox Instruments

Lactose can be measured in the Industrial & Biotechnology applications. Please see examples below.

Industry & Biotechnology: Lactose is usually measured in the food & beverage, fermentation and culture control applications

Industry & Biotechnology

A simple two-step electrochemical enzymatic assay for lactose in aqueous solutions or extracts.


i) Lactose (milk sugar), a disaccharide, is stoichiometrically hydrolysed by galactosidase to a-D-glucose and galactose in a simple pre-reaction. Under the special buffer conditions used, mutarotation to ß-D-glucose rapidly occurs:

ii) In the presence of molecular oxygen, ß-D-glucose is oxidised by the enzyme glucose oxidase to gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide:

Under the conditions of the assay, oxygen consumption is directly proportional to glucose concentration, which relates directly to the original lactose concentration. Any glucose originally present is measured directly after aqueous dilution as in the galactosidase pre-reaction.

Technical Summary


Aqueous solutions and extracts

Sample Volume

5 µl or 10 µl

Analysis Time

20 seconds (analyser)

Analytical Range

0.5 - 20 %W/V All analysers

Reagent Stability

Shelf-life 9 months unopened stored at 0 - 5 °C