Thermotoga maritima (strain ATCC 43589 / MSB8 / DSM 3109 / JCM 10099)
Esterase that removes acetyl groups from a number of O-acetylated small substrates, such as acetylated xylose, short xylo-oligosaccharides and cephalosporin C. Has no activity towards polymeric acetylated xylan, 4-methylumbelliferyl acetate or alpha-naphthyl acetate. Able to catalyze rapid hydrolysis of a range of substrates preferably with acetate groups, independent of the alcohol moiety. Exhibits a narrow selectivity for short chain acyl esters (C2-C3). Displays broad substrate specificity by hydrolyzing acetate at 2, 3, and 4 positions of 4-nitrophenyl-beta-D-xylopyranoside (pNP-Xyl) with similar efficiency. Cannot cleave amide linkages.
Belongs to the carbohydrate esterase 7 family.