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Nucleic Acids Res. 2009 Jan;37(Database issue):D593-7. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkn582. Epub 2008 Sep 6.

ExplorEnz: the primary source of the IUBMB enzyme list.

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School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland.


ExplorEnz is the MySQL database that is used for the curation and dissemination of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Enzyme Nomenclature. A simple web-based query interface is provided, along with an advanced search engine for more complex Boolean queries. The WWW front-end is accessible at, from where downloads of the database as SQL and XML are also available. An associated form-based curatorial application has been developed to facilitate the curation of enzyme data as well as the internal and public review processes that occur before an enzyme entry is made official. Suggestions for new enzyme entries, or modifications to existing ones, can be made using the forms provided at

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