IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: acid phosphatase

Reaction: A phosphate monoester + H2O = an alcohol + phosphate

Other name(s): acid phosphomonoesterase; phosphomonoesterase; glycerophosphatase; acid monophosphatase; acid phosphohydrolase; acid phosphomonoester hydrolase; uteroferrin; acid nucleoside diphosphate phosphatase; orthophosphoric-monoester phosphohydrolase (acid optimum)

Systematic name: phosphate-monoester phosphohydrolase (acid optimum)

Comments: Wide specificity. Also catalyses transphosphorylations.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, GTD, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9001-77-8


1. Joyce, B.K. and Grisolia, S. Purification and properties of a nonspecific acid phosphatase from wheat germ. J. Biol. Chem. 235 (1960) 2278-2281.

2. Kuo, M.-H. and Blumenthal, H.J. Purification and properties of an acid phosphomonoesterase from Neurospora crassa. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 52 (1961) 13-29.

3. Tsuboi, K.K., Wiener, G. and Hudson, P.B. Acid phosphatase. VII. Yeast phosphomonoesterase; isolation procedure and stability characteristics. J. Biol. Chem. 224 (1957) 621-635.

[EC created 1961]

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