IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: wax-ester hydrolase

Reaction: A wax ester + H2O = a long-chain alcohol + a long-chain carboxylate

Other name(s): jojoba wax esterase; WEH

Systematic name: wax-ester acylhydrolase

Comments: Also acts on long-chain acylglycerol, but not diacyl- or triacylglycerols.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 66625-78-3


1. Huang, A.H.C., Moreau, R.A. and Liu, K.D.F. Development and properties of a wax ester hydrolase in the cotyledons of jojoba seedlings. Plant Physiol. 61 (1978) 339-341.

2. Moreau, R.A. and Huang, A.H.C. Enzymes of wax ester catabolism in jojoba. Methods Enzymol. 71 (1981) 804-813.

[EC created 1984]

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