1. A study has been made of the rate of hydrolysis of concentrated gelatin solutions at a high temperature and with a large amount of trypsin.
2. Under these conditions the substrate concentration may be considered constant and the only variable is the decrease in the amount of trypsin owing to inactivation.
3. The theory based on the mass law predicts that under these conditions (a) the rate at any time will be proportional to the concentration of trypsin at that time; (b) the reaction should approximate a monomolecular one if the total hydrolysis observed is taken as the amount of substrate available; (c) that the velocity constant calculated in this way should agree with the constant for the decomposition of the enzyme and that it should be independent of the concentration of enzyme instead of proportional to it as is usually the case; and (d) that the total amount of substrate decomposed should be proportional to the amount of trypsin added at the beginning instead of independent of it. These results have been obtained experimentally.