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 (ĕs′tə-rās′, -rāz′)
Any of various enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of an ester.


(ˈɛstəˌreɪs; -ˌreɪz)
(Biochemistry) any of a group of enzymes that hydrolyse esters into alcohols and acids


(ˈɛs təˌreɪs, -ˌreɪz)

any enzyme that hydrolyzes an ester into an alcohol and an acid.
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The activity of lipolytic enzymes (nonspecific esterases or lipases) was determined by a method modified from Bishop (1997) and Gjellesvik et al.
The first punch is delivered by esterases near the site of application and the KO punch is delivered by liver esterases if any HYG-102 gets into the bloodstream.
In the second section of the text they describe the application of substrate-inhibitor specificity for calculation of inhibitor selectivity toward different enzymes for identification of reversible and irreversible inhibitors, as well as the use of specificity constants for molecular phylogenetic analysis of the active center of cholinesterases and esterases.
Unlike the traditional opioids used in anesthesia, Ultiva undergoes organ independent elimination via non-specific esterases (enzymes) found throughout the body.
This toolbox is constantly expanding and includes all major classes of catalytic activities that are relevant for fine chemistry such as esterases, nitrilases, nitrile hydratases, amidases, epoxyde hydrolases, oxydo-reductases and many other ones" said Daniel Dupret, Chairman and CEO of Proteus.
The two-year grant will cover optimization of lipases and esterases, two commercially important classes of enzymes used in the manufacture of high value-added products such as fine chemicals and chiral pharmaceuticals.
The CLIPS-O(TM) technology provides a novel and versatile toolbox for the high throughput screening of a large number of enzymatic activities such as lipases, esterases, proteases, nitrilases, acylases, epoxyhydrolases, amidases, phosphatases, xylanases, alcohol dehydrogenases etc.
The award, titled "Cloning and Automated Screening of Genes Encoding Cold-Adapted Lipases from Bacteria Inhabiting Lipid-Rich Whale Skeletons," will enable Diversa researchers to characterize, optimize and manufacture numerous cold-adapted esterases and lipases for use in making industrial processes more efficient with less by-products, according to Terrance J.
Host plant species can passively affect the biochemistry of arthropods and one of the most important effects is on the detoxification enzymes involved in insecticide metabolism, including general esterases, glutathione S-transferases, and cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (e.
The biocatalysts will be based on feruloyl acid esterases ("FAE") and glucuronyl esterases ("GE") which are expected to be used in the production of phenolic fatty- and sugar- esters with antioxidant activity for the cosmetic industry.
However, little attention has been paid to production of esterases that degrade crosslinkages, including FAE, CAE, acetyl esterase (AE) or acetyl xylan esterase.