• USA Home
  • C1403 - Cholesterol Esterase from Pseudomonas sp.

C1403 Sigma

Cholesterol Esterase from Pseudomonas sp.

lyophilized powder, ≥200,000 units/g protein

Synonym: Cholesterol Esterase from Pseudomonas fluorescens, Sterol-ester acylhydrolase




This enzyme is useful for enzymatic determination of total cholesterol when coupled with cholesterol oxidase in clinical analysis.

Unit Definition

One unit will hydrolyze 1.0 μmole of cholesteryl oleate to cholesterol and oleic acid per min at pH 7.0 at 37 °C in the presence of taurocholate.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Cholesterol esterase (CE) is a reversible enzyme that can hydrolyze or synthesize fatty acid esters of cholesterol and other sterols. Hydrolysis of water insoluble long chain fatty acid esters requires bile salt activation. Hydrolysis of water soluble esters of short chain fatty acids and lysophospholipids does not require activation by bile salts. It also hydrolyzes tri-, di-, and mono-acylglycerols, phospholipids, lysophospholipids, and ceramide. The enzyme may have multiple functions in lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, and atherosclerosis.

Physical properties

Stability: Stable at –20°C for at least one year
Isoelectric point: 5.9 ± 0.1
Michaelis constants: 5.4 x 10‾5M (Linoleate), 6.6 x 10‾5M (Oleate)
3.7 x 10‾5M (Linolenate), 1.5 x 10‾4M (Palmitate)
1.2 x 10‾4M (Myristate), 2.3 x 10‾5M (Stearate)
Inhibitors: Hg++, Ag+, ionic detergents
Optimum pH: 7.0 − 9.0
Optimum temp: 40°C
pH Stability: pH 5.0 − 9.0 (25°C, 24hr)
Thermal stability: Below 55°C (pH 7.5, 10min)

Price and Availability

Expore Enzymes, Proteins & Cofactors

Celebrate Pi Day!
Safety & Documentation

Safety Information

NONH for all modes of transport
WGK Germany 
Protocols & Articles


Cholesterol Esterification

To more efficiently transport both dietary and synthesized cholesterol, it is converted to cholesteryl esters. Free cholesterol can be taken up by lipoproteins, but is confined to the outer surface o...
BioFiles 2007, 2.7, 10.
Keywords: Biofiles, Catalysis


Assay Procedure for Cholesterol Esterase

The appearance of quinoneimine dye formed when coupled with 4-aminoantipyrine and phenol is measured at 500nm by spectrophotometry.
Keywords: Atomic absorption spectroscopy, Extinction coefficient

Related Content

Enzymes & Proteins

Application Index | Enzyme Index | Substrate Index | Inhibitor Index | Cofactor Index | Lectin Index
Keywords: Cell signaling, Diagnostic, Drug discovery, Molecular biology

Peer-Reviewed Papers


Related Products

Technical Service:

Our team of scientists has experience in all areas of research including Life Science, Material Science, Chemical Synthesis, Chromatography, Analytical and many others.

Bulk Ordering & Pricing:

Need larger quantities for your development, manufacturing or research applications?