Reaction: acetylsalicylate + H2O = salicylate + acetate
Other name(s): aspirin esterase; aspirin esterase; acetylsalicylic acid esterase; aspirin hydrolase
Systematic name: acetylsalicylate O-acetylhydrolase
Comments: Not identical with EC 18.104.22.168 (carboxylesterase), EC 22.214.171.124 (arylesterase), EC 126.96.36.199 (acetylcholinesterase) or EC 188.8.131.52 (cholinesterase). The activity of the liver cytosol enzyme is highest with acetyl esters of aryl alcohols, and thioesters are also hydrolysed; the microsomal enzyme also hydrolyses some other negatively charged esters, with highest activity on esters of salicylate with long-chain alcohols.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 87348-04-7
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