phosphorylation

noun
phos·​phor·​y·​la·​tion | \ˌfäs-ˌfȯr-ə-ˈlā-shən \

Definition of phosphorylation 

: the process of phosphorylating a chemical compound either by reaction with inorganic phosphate or by transfer of phosphate from another organic phosphate especially : the enzymatic conversion of carbohydrates into their phosphoric esters in metabolic processes

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The class of cancer drugs that block phosphorylation activity are called tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Superstar cancer researcher Tony Hunter of Salk Institute wins award, makes new finding," 4 Apr. 2018 This process, called tyrosine phosphorylation, is a normal part of cell-to-cell communication. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Superstar cancer researcher Tony Hunter of Salk Institute wins award, makes new finding," 4 Apr. 2018 Hunter is famous for discovering a class of enzymes called tyrosine kinases that perform tyrosine phosphorylation. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Scripps, Salk scientists independently make key biological advance," 12 June 2017

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phosphorylation

noun
phos·​phor·​y·​la·​tion | \ˌfäs-ˌfȯr-ə-ˈlā-shən \

Medical Definition of phosphorylation 

: the process of phosphorylating a chemical compound either by reaction with inorganic phosphate or by transfer of phosphate from another organic phosphate especially : the enzymatic conversion of carbohydrates into their phosphoric esters in metabolic processes (as the conversion of glucose to glucose-6-phosphate by ATP and hexokinase)

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