Reaction: Hydrolysis of (1→4)-α-D-glucosidic linkages in amylaceous polysaccharides, to remove successive maltohexaose residues from the non-reducing chain ends
Other name(s): exo-maltohexaohydrolase; 1,4-α-D-glucan maltohexaohydrolase
Systematic name: 4-α-D-glucan maltohexaohydrolase
Comments: cf. EC 126.96.36.199 glucan 1,4-α-glucosidase, which removes successive glucose residues; EC 188.8.131.52 β-amylase, which removes successive maltose residues; EC 184.108.40.206 glucan 1,4-α-maltotriohydrolase, which removes successive maltotriose units and EC 220.127.116.11 glucan 1,4-α-maltotetraohydrolase, which removes successive maltotetraose residues. The products have the α-configuration.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 72561-12-7
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