IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: glucan 1,4-α-maltotetraohydrolase

Reaction: Hydrolysis of (1→4)-α-D-glucosidic linkages in amylaceous polysaccharides, to remove successive maltotetraose residues from the non-reducing chain ends

Other name(s): exo-maltotetraohydrolase; 1,4-α-D-glucan maltotetraohydrolase

Systematic name: 4-α-D-glucan maltotetraohydrolase

Comments: Compare EC β-amylase, which removes successive maltose residues, and EC (glucan 1,4-α-maltohexaosidase) and EC (glucan 1,4-α-maltotriohydrolase).

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 37288-44-1


1. Nakakuki, T., Azuma, K. and Kainuma, K. Action patterns of various exo-amylases and the anomeric configurations of their products. Carbohydr. Res. 128 (1984) 297-310.

2. Robyt, J.F. and Ackerman, R.J. Isolation, purification, and characterization of a maltotetraose-producing amylase from Pseudomonas stutzeri. Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 145 (1971) 105-114. [PMID: 5123132]

[EC created 1972]

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