IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: chitin deacetylase

Reaction: chitin + H2O = chitosan + acetate

Systematic name: chitin amidohydrolase

Comments: Hydrolyses the N-acetamido groups of N-acetyl-D-glucosamine residues in chitin.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 56379-60-3


1. Araki, Y. and Ito, E. A pathway of chitosan formation in Mucor rouxii: enzymatic deacetylation of chitin. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 56 (1974) 669-675. [PMID: 4826874]

[EC created 1976]

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