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Catalytic activity

Last modified January 7, 2014

This subsection of the ‘Function’ section describes the catalytic activity of an enzyme, i.e. the chemical reaction it catalyzes. This information usually correlates with the presence of an EC (Enzyme Commission) number in the ‘Names and taxonomy’ section.

Whenever possible, we follow the recommendations of the Nomenclature Committee of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) for the description of the enzymatic activity.

For enzymes catalyzing more than one reaction which have been attributed EC number(s) by the IUBMB, all reactions are described in a single ‘Catalytic activity’ subsection.
Example: Q00955

In some cases, this subsection can be present even in the absence of a complete EC number, for instance when a publication describes the chemical reaction in detail.
Example: P36639