phosphodiesterasesmedical dictionary

Enzymes (EC sub-subclass 3.1.4) cleaving phosphodiester bonds, such as those in cAMP or between nucleotides in nucleic acids, liberating smaller poly-or oligonucleotide units or mononucleotides but not inorganic phosphate.

Synonyms: phosphodiester hydrolases.

(05 Mar 2000)