Wax-ester hydrolase

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In enzymology, a wax-ester hydrolase (EC is an enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reaction

a wax ester + H2O a long-chain alcohol + a long-chain carboxylate

Thus, the two substrates of this enzyme are wax ester and H2O, whereas its two products are long-chain alcohol and long-chain carboxylate.

This enzyme belongs to the family of hydrolases, specifically those acting on carboxylic ester bonds. The systematic name of this enzyme class is wax-ester acylhydrolase. Other names in common use include jojoba wax esterase, and WEH.


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  • Huang AHC, Moreau RA and Liu KDF (1978). "Development and properties of a wax ester hydrolase in the cotyledons of jojoba seedlings". Plant Physiol. 61: 339&ndash, 341.
  • Moreau RA and Huang AHC (1981). "Enzymes of wax ester catabolism in jojoba". Methods Enzymol. 71: 804&ndash, 813.

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The CAS registry number for this enzyme class is 66625-78-3.

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