IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: N-acetylphosphatidylethanolamine-hydrolysing phospholipase D

Reaction: N-acylphosphatidylethanolamine + H2O = N-acylethanolamine + a 1,2-diacylglycerol 3-phosphate

Other name(s): NAPE-PLD; anandamide-generating phospholipase D; N-acyl phosphatidylethanolamine phospholipase D; NAPE-hydrolyzing phospholipase D

Systematic name: N-acetylphosphatidylethanolamine phosphatidohydrolase

Comments: This enzyme is involved in the biosynthesis of anandamide. It does not hydrolyse phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylethanolamine [1]. No transphosphatidation [1]. The enzyme contains Zn2+ and is activated by Mg2+ or Ca2+ [2].

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1. Okamoto, Y., Morishita, J., Tsuboi, K., Tonai, T. and Ueda, N. Molecular characterization of a phospholipase D generating anandamide and its congeners. J. Biol. Chem. 279 (2004) 5298-5305. [PMID: 14634025]

2. Wang, J., Okamoto, Y., Morishita, J., Tsuboi, K., Miyatake, A. and Ueda, N. Functional analysis of the purified anandamide-generating phospholipase D as a member of the metallo-β-lactamase family. J. Biol. Chem. 281 (2006) 12325-12335. [PMID: 16527816]

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