Epimerase

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epimerase

[ə′pim·ə‚rās]
(biochemistry)
A type of enzyme that catalyzes the rearrangement of hydroxyl groups on a substrate.

Epimerase

 

any enzyme of the isomerase class that catalyzes the inversion of L- and D-isomers with several centers of asymmetry. For example, aldose 1-epimerase (a mutarotase) catalyzes the conversion of of α-D-glucose into β-D-glucose. Epimerases are widely found in nature. (SeeRACEMASE.)