Definition of hydrolase in English:


Syllabification: hy·dro·lase
Pronunciation: /ˈhīdrəˌlās, -ˌlāz


[usually with modifier] Biochemistry
  • An enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of a particular substrate.
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    • Thus, although not a nudix hydrolase, this enzyme seems to fulfil the housecleaning role proposed for nudix hydrolases.
    • More recent work suggests that the cell wall hydrolase, pectin methyl esterase, plays a role in weakening of the megagametophyte, allowing radicle emergence and the completion of germination.
    • Biopterin is a vital cofactor in tryptophan hydrolase's conversion of tryptophan to serotonin.

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