sphingomyelinase -->
sphingomyelin phosphodiesterase
medical dictionary

<enzyme>

<cell biology> An enzyme that catalyses the hydrolysis of sphingomyelin to ceramide (n-acylsphingosine) plus choline phosphate. A defect in this enzyme leads to niemann-pick disease.

Chemical name: Sphingomyelin cholinephosphohydrolase

Registry number: EC 3.1.4.12

(12 Dec 1998)