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An esterase is a hydrolase enzyme that splits esters into an acid and an alcohol in a chemical reaction with water called hydrolysis.

A wide range of different esterases exist that differ in their substrate specificity, their protein structure, and their biological function.

EC classification/list of enzymes

  • EC 3.1.2: Thiolester hydrolases
    • Thioesterase
      • Ubiquitin carboxy-terminal hydrolase L1
  • EC 3.1.5: Triphosphoric monoester hydrolases
  • EC 3.1.6: Sulfuric ester hydrolases (sulfatases)
  • EC 3.1.7: Diphosphoric monoester hydrolases
  • EC 3.1.8: Phosphoric triester hydrolases
  • Exonucleases (deoxyribonucleases and ribonucleases)
    • EC 3.1.11: Exodeoxyribonucleases producing 5'-phosphomonoesters
    • EC 3.1.13: Exoribonucleases producing 5'-phosphomonoesters
    • EC 3.1.14: Exoribonucleases producing 3'-phosphomonoesters
    • EC 3.1.15: Exonucleases active with either ribo- or

See also

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