Lipases are used industrially for the resolution of chiral compounds and the transesterification production of biodiesel.
Lipases catalyze the hydrolysis of triacylglycerols into glycerol and free fatty acids.
1 U corresponds to the amount of enzyme which liberates 1 μmol oleic acid per minute at pH 8.0 and 40°C (triolein, Cat. No. 62314 as substrate)