IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: pectin lyase

Reaction: Eliminative cleavage of (1→4)-α-D-galacturonan methyl ester to give oligosaccharides with 4-deoxy-6-O-methyl-α-D-galact-4-enuronosyl groups at their non-reducing ends

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Other name(s): pectin trans-eliminase; endo-pectin lyase; polymethylgalacturonic transeliminase; pectin methyltranseliminase; pectolyase; PL; PNL; PMGL

Systematic name: (1→4)-6-O-methyl-α-D-galacturonan lyase

Comments: Favours pectin, the methyl ester, over pectate, the anion (which is the preferred substrate of EC, pectate lyase). Demethylation progressively slows its action; it can nevertheless cleave on either side of a demethylated residue if the residue at the other end of the scissile bond is methylated.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9033-35-6


1. Albersheim, P., Neukom, H. and Deuel, H. Über die Bildung von ungesättigten Abbauprodukten durch ein pekinabbauendes Enzym. Helv. Chim. Acta 43 (1960) 1422-1426.

2. Mayans, O., Scott, M., Connerton, I., Gravesen, T., Benen, J., Visser, J., Pickersgill, R. and Jenkins, J. Two crystal structures of pectin lyase A from Aspergillus reveal a pH driven conformational change and striking divergence in the substrate-binding clefts of pectin and pectate lyases. Structure 5 (1997) 677-689. [PMID: 9195887]

3. Kester, H.C.M and Visser, J. Purification and characterization of pectin lyase B, a novel pectinolytic enzyme from Aspergillus niger. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 120 (1994) 63-68.

4. Mutenda, K.E., Körner, R., Christensen, T.M.I.E., Mikkelsen, J. and Roepstorff, P. Application of mass spectrometry to determine the activity and specificity of pectin lyase A. Carbohydr.Res. 337 (2002) 1213-1223. [PMID: 12110197]

[EC created 1972, modified 2002]

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