This gene encodes an enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of N-acetyl_L-aspartic acid (NAA) to aspartate and acetate.;NAA is abundant in the brain where hydrolysis by aspartoacylase is thought to help maintain white matter. This protein;is an NAA scavenger in other tissues. Mutations in this gene cause Canavan disease. Alternatively spliced transcript;variants have been found for this gene.
ASPA; aspartoacylase; aspartoacylase (aminoacylase 2, Canavan disease); ACY2; aminoacylase 2; ASP; Canavan disease; ACY 2; ACY-2; ACY2_HUMAN; Aminoacylase-2; Aminoacylase2; Aspartoacylase (Canavan disease); NUR 7; NUR7; OTTMUSP00000006437; RP23-213I10.1; Small lethargic; OTTHUMP00000115814; ACY2, ASP, ASPA; zgc:171507