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An esterase is a hydrolase enzyme that splits esters into an acid and an alcohol in a chemical reaction with water called hydrolysis.

A wide range of different esterases exist that differ in their substrate specificity, their protein structure, and their biological function.

EC classification/list of enzymes

  • EC 3.1.5: Triphosphoric monoester hydrolases
  • EC 3.1.6: Sulfuric ester hydrolases (sulfatases)
  • EC 3.1.7: Diphosphoric monoester hydrolases
  • EC 3.1.8: Phosphoric triester hydrolases

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