Endocannaboids such as arachidonoyl ethanolamide and 2-arachidonoyl glycerol function as short range modulators of cell and synaptic activity. Monoacylglycerol lipase hydrolyzes 2-arachidonoyl glycerol which terminates it's biological actions. Monoacylglycerol lipase also works consecutively with hormone sensitive lipase to mobilize fatty acids from triglyceride stores of adipocytes. Monoacylglycerol lipase is expressed in kidney, spleen, heart, liver, testis, stomach, brain and lung tissue, and adrenal gland. It is most abundantly expressed in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue.
Synonyms: HU K5, HUK5, Lysophospholipase homolog, Lysophospholipase like, MAGL, MGLL, Monoglyceride lipase, EC 126.96.36.199, MGLL_HUMAN.