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 butyric acid per minute at pH 7.5 and 40°C (tributyrin, Cat. No. 91010, as substrate)