IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: pectinesterase

Reaction: pectin + n H2O = n methanol + pectate

Other name(s): pectin demethoxylase; pectin methoxylase; pectin methylesterase; pectase; pectin methyl esterase; pectinoesterase

Systematic name: pectin pectylhydrolase

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9025-98-3


1. Deuel, H. and Stutz, E. Pectic substances and pectic enzymes. Adv. Enzymol. Relat. Areas Mol. Biol. 20 (1958) 341-382.

2. Lineweaver, H. and Jansen, E.F. Pectic enzymes. Adv. Enzymol. Relat. Subj. Biochem. 11 (1951) 267-295.

3. Mills, G.B. A biochemical study of Pseudomonas prunicola Wormald. I. Pectin esterase. Biochem. J. 44 (1949) 302-305.

[EC created 1961]

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