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 (trăns′fə-rās′, -rāz′)
Any of a class of enzymes that catalyze the transfer of a chemical group, such as a phosphate or amine, from one molecule to another.


(Biochemistry) any enzyme that catalyses the transfer of a chemical group from one substance to another


(ˈtræns fəˌreɪs, -ˌreɪz)

any of a group of enzymes, as the transaminases, that effect the transfer of an organic group from one compound to another.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.transferase - any of various enzymes that move a chemical group from one compound to another compound
enzyme - any of several complex proteins that are produced by cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions
ribonuclease, ribonucleinase, RNase - a transferase that catalyzes the hydrolysis of ribonucleic acid
aminopherase, aminotransferase, transaminase - a class of transferases that catalyze transamination (that transfer an amino group from an amino acid to another compound)
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His laboratory test showed slightly elevated gamma glutamyl transferase of 140 U/L (0-40), alkaline phosphatase of 272 U/L (25-115) and prothrombin time of 14.
It was found that more recent kava use was independently associated with higher levels of liver enzymes gamma glutamyl transferase (GGT) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP), but not with alanine aminotransferase (ALT) or bilirubin, which were not elevated (Clough 2003).
Clinical and demographic information, including age, gender, weight, height, BMI (calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared), laboratory data (complete blood picture, bilirubin, alanine transferase (ALT), aspartate transferase (AST), albumin, alkaline phosphatase, gamma glutamyl transferase ([gamma]-GT), serum glucose, serum cholesterol, serum triglyceride and HCV-RNA level) were recorded at the time of liver biopsy.