IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: phospholipase C

Reaction: A phosphatidylcholine + H2O = 1,2-sn-diacylglycerol + phosphocholine

Other name(s): lipophosphodiesterase I; lecithinase C; Clostridium welchii α-toxin; Clostridium oedematiens β- and γ-toxins; lipophosphodiesterase C; phosphatidase C; heat-labile hemolysin; α-toxin

Systematic name: phosphatidylcholine cholinephosphohydrolase

Comments: The bacterial enzyme, which is a zinc protein, also acts on sphingomyelin and phosphatidylinositol; that from seminal plasma does not act on phosphatidylinositol.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9001-86-9


1. Druzhinina, K.V. and Kritzman, M.G. [Lecithinase from animal tissues.] Biokhimiya 17 (1952) 77-81. (in Russian)

2. Little, C. and Otnass, A.-B. The metal ion dependence of phospholipase C from Bacillus cereus. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 391 (1975) 326-333. [PMID: 807246]

3. Sheiknejad, R.G. and Srivastava, P.N. Isolation and properties of a phosphatidylcholine-specific phospholipase C from bull seminal plasma. J. Biol. Chem. 261 (1986) 7544-7549. [PMID: 3086312]

4. Takahashi, T., Sugahara, T. and Ohsaka, A. Purification of Clostridium perfringens phospholipase C (α-toxin) by affinity chromatography on agarose-linked egg-yolk lipoprotein. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 351 (1974) 155-171. [PMID: 4365891]

[EC created 1961]

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