IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: acetylesterase

Reaction: an acetic ester + H2O = an alcohol + acetate

For diagram of reaction click here.

Other name(s): C-esterase (in animal tissues); acetic ester hydrolase; chloroesterase; p-nitrophenyl acetate esterase; Citrus acetylesterase

Systematic name: acetic-ester acetylhydrolase

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EAWAG-BBD, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9000-82-2


1. Aldridge, W.N. Serum esterases. I. Two types of esterase (A and B) hydrolysing p-nitrophenyl acetate, propionate and butyrate and a method for their determination. Biochem. J. 53 (1953) 110-117.

2. Bergmann, F. and Rimon, S. Fractionation of C-esterase from the hog's kidney extract. Biochem. J. 77 (1960) 209-214.

3. Jansen, E.F., Nutting, M.-D.F. and Balls, A.K. The reversible inhibition of acetylesterase by diisopropyl fluorophosphate and tetraethyl pyrophosphate. J. Biol. Chem. 175 (1948) 975-987.

[EC created 1961]

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