IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: penicillin amidase

Reaction: penicillin + H2O = a carboxylate + 6-aminopenicillanate

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Other name(s): penicillin acylase; benzylpenicillin acylase; novozym 217; semacylase; α-acylamino-β-lactam acylhydrolase; ampicillin acylase

Systematic name: penicillin amidohydrolase

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, GTD, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9014-06-6


1. Sakaguchi, K. and Murao, S. A preliminary report on a new enzyme, "penicillin-amidase". J. Agric. Chem. Soc. Jpn. 23 (1950) 411 only.

[EC created 1961]

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