IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: β-D-fucosidase

Reaction: Hydrolysis of terminal non-reducing β-D-fucose residues in β-D-fucosides

Other name(s): β-fucosidase

Systematic name: β-D-fucoside fucohydrolase

Comment: Enzymes from some sources also hydrolyse β-D-galactosides and/or β-D-glucosides and/or α-L-arabinosides. The activity of EC xylan 1,4-β-xylosidase, is an associated activity found in some sources (e.g. liver)

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 9025-34-7


1. Chinchetru, M.A., Cabezas, J.A. and Calvo, P. Characterization and kinetics of β-D-gluco/fuco/galactosidase from sheep liver. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. B 75 (1983) 719-728. [PMID: 6413126]

2. Chinchetru, M.A., Cabezas, J.A. and Calvo, P. Purification and characterization of a broad specificity β-glucosidase from sheep liver. Int. J. Biochem. 21 (1989) 469-476. [PMID: 2503402]

3. Rodriguez, J.A., Cabezas, J.A. and Calvo, P. β-Fucosidase, β-glucosidase and β-galactosidase activities associated in bovine liver. Int. J. Biochem. 14 (1982) 695-698. [PMID: 6811346]

4. Wiederschain, G. and Prokopenkov, A. β-D-Galactosidase and β-D-fucosidase of pig kidney. Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 158 (1973) 539-543. [PMID: 4782520]

5. Wiederschain, G.Y., Beyer, E.M., Klyaschitsty, B.A. and Shashkov, A.S. Specificity patterns of different types of human fucosidase. Recognition of a certain region of the pyranose ring in sugars by the enzymes. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 659(1981) 434-444. [PMID: 6789883]

[EC created 1965, deleted 1972, reinstated 1978]

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