<cell biology> That hydrolyse phosphomonoesters. Acid phosphatases are specific for the single charged phosphate group and alkaline phosphatases for the double charged group. These specificities do not overlap.

The phosphatases comprise a very wide range of enzymes including broad and narrow specificity members. Phosphoprotein phosphatases specifically de phosphorylate a particular protein and are essential if phosphorylation is to be used as a reversible control system.

(31 Dec 1997)

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