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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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Gamma glutamyl transferase and lactate dehydrogenase as biochemical markers of severity of preeclampsia.
Gamma glutamyl transferase =303U/L (11-50); this confirmed liver as the source of raised alkaline phosphatase.
The activity of serum aspartate transaminase (AST) and alanine transaminase (ALT) was estimated according to Reitman and Frankel (1957), serum gamma glutamyl transferase (GGT) was assessed according to Rosalki (1975) and serum alkaline phosphatase activity (ALP) was assessed according to Kind and King (1954).
1 Leukocytes (/mm3) 10 900 16 460 Eosinophils (%) 7 3 Bands (%) 3 12 Polymorphs (%) 70 67 Lymphocytes (%) 17 15 Platelets (/mm3) 220,000 210,000 Aspartate aminotransferase (uds/mL) -- 55 Alanine aminotransferase (uds/mL) -- 124 Alkaline Phosphatase (U/L) -- 684 Gamma Glutamyl Transferase (U/L) -- 822 Total Bilirubin (mg/dL) -- 10.
Laboratory tests revealed white blood cell count (WBC) 22700/mm3 aspartate aminotransferase (AST) 281U/L alanine aminotransferase (ALT) 489U/L gamma glutamyl transferase (GGT) 640U/L alkaline phosphatase (ALP) 979U/L amylase 62U/l glucose 266mg/dL prothrombin time (PT) 19.
Serum biochemistry revealed an elevation in the liver enzymes such as serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (98 U/L), serum alkaline phosphatase (286 U/L) and gamma glutamyl transferase (40 U/L) level.