Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) from white driving muscle of skate Raja clavata was purified by the differential precipitation of ammonium sulphate between 52 and 55% saturation. Only one protein band with the LDH activity was obtained by nondenaturing electrophoresis. The same result was obtained by the SDS-electrophoresis. The relative molecular weight calculated by this method in the presence of DS-Na was 34 kDa; Km was 29 +/- 7 and 71 +/- 16 microM for NAD.H and pyruvate, respectively. The reaction was maximally activated by 0.8-6.0 mM pyruvate and inhibited in the regions above this level. Dilution of LDH below concentration of 1 microgram/ml reduced the enzyme activity. The pH-optimum for the LDH activity ranged 7.0-8.0.