Degrades bioactive fatty acid amides like oleamide, the endogenous cannabinoid, anandamide and myristic amide to their corresponding acids, thereby serving to terminate the signaling functions of these molecules. Hydrolyzes polyunsaturated substrate anandamide preferentially as compared to monounsaturated substrates. Homodimer. Highly expressed in the brain, small intestine, pancreas, skeletal muscle and testis. Also expressed in the kidney, liver, lung, placenta and prostate. Inhibited by O-aryl carbamates and alpha-keto heterocytes. Belongs to the amidase family. Note: This description may include information from UniProtKB.
Protein type: EC 188.8.131.52; Hydrolase; Membrane protein, integral