IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: endo-polygalacturonase

Reaction: (1,4-α-D-galacturonosyl)n+m + H2O = (1,4-α-D-galacturonosyl)n + (1,4-α-D-galacturonosyl)m

Other name(s): pectin depolymerase (ambiguous); pectinase (ambiguous); endopolygalacturonase; pectolase (ambiguous); pectin hydrolase (ambiguous); pectin polygalacturonase (ambiguous); polygalacturonase (ambiguous); poly-α-1,4-galacturonide glycanohydrolase (ambiguous); endogalacturonase; endo-D-galacturonase; poly(1,4-α-D-galacturonide) glycanohydrolase (ambiguous)

Systematic name: (1→4)-α-D-galacturonan glycanohydrolase (endo-cleaving)

Comments: The enzyme catalyses the random hydrolysis of (1→4)-α-D-galactosiduronic linkages in pectate and other galacturonans. Different forms of the enzyme have different tolerances to methyl esterification of the substrate.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, ExplorEnz, KEGG, MetaCyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9032-75-1


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

2. McCready, R.M. and Seegmiller, C.G. Action of pectic enzymes on oligogalacturonic acids and some of their derivatives. Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 50 (1954) 440-450. [PMID: 13159344]

3. Phaff, H.J. and Demain, A.L. The unienzymatic nature of yeast polygalacturonase. J. Biol. Chem. 218 (1956) 875-884. [PMID: 13295238]

4. Deuel, H. and Stutz, E. Pectic substances and pectic enzymes. Adv. Enzymol. Relat. Areas Mol. Biol. 20 (1958) 341-382. [PMID: 13605988]

5. Mill, P.J. and Tuttobello, R. The pectic enzymes of Aspergillus niger. 2. Endopolygalacturonase. Biochem. J. 79 (1961) 57-64. [PMID: 13770689]

[EC created 1961, modified 2019]

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