Accepted name: sterol esterase
Reaction: a steryl ester + H2O = a sterol + a fatty acid
Other name(s): cholesterol esterase; cholesteryl ester synthase; triterpenol esterase; cholesteryl esterase; cholesteryl ester hydrolase; sterol ester hydrolase; cholesterol ester hydrolase; cholesterase; acylcholesterol lipase
Systematic name: steryl-ester acylhydrolase
Comments: A group of enzymes of broad specificity, acting on esters of sterols and long-chain fatty acids, that may also bring about the esterification of sterols. Activated by bile salts.
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