thymidine kinase

noun

: an enzyme that catalyzes the phosphorylation of thymidine in a pathway leading to DNA synthesis, that is active especially in tissues undergoing growth or regeneration, and that is the key enzyme mediating replication in certain viruses (as the herpesvirus causing herpes simplex)

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“Thymidine kinase.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/thymidine%20kinase. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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