Definition of kinase
: any of various enzymes that catalyze the transfer of phosphate groups from a high-energy phosphate-containing molecule (such as ATP) to a substrate — compare protein kinase
Recent Examples of kinase from the Web
The company’s orally available drug, called PMD-026 inactivates a kinase, an enzyme called RSK.
Gleevec, known generically as imatinib, and Sutent, known generically as sunitinib, interfere with an enzyme called tyrosine kinase.
Hunter is famous for discovering a class of enzymes called tyrosine kinases that perform tyrosine phosphorylation.
Drugs called kinase inhibitors work by changing cellular function to fight itchiness.
Cunningham and her postdoc at the time, Christine Kirvan, found that the antibodies literally bind to human neurons, activating an enzyme called calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein (CaM) kinase II.
These proteins, called receptor-like kinases, or RLKs, contain a sensory area outside the cell membrane that attaches to molecules in the environment.
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Origin and Etymology of kinase
International Scientific Vocabulary, from kinetic
First Known Use: 1947See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of kinase
: any of various enzymes that catalyze the transfer of phosphate groups from a high-energy phosphate-containing molecule (as ATP or ADP) to a substrate—called also phosphokinase
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