lecithinase A -->
phospholipase A2
medical dictionary

<enzyme>

<cell biology> An enzyme that catalyses the hydrolysis of a lecithin to a lysolecithin by removing the 2-acyl group; also acts on other phospholipids by removing a fatty acid from the 2-position; this enzyme has an important role in prostaglandin and leukotriene biosynthesis.

Synonyms: lecithinase A, phosphatidase, phosphatidolipase.

(05 Mar 2000)