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alanine aminotransferase

Pronunciation: al′ă-nēn a-mē′nō-tranz′fer-ās

Definition: An enzyme transferring amino groups from l-alanine to 2-ketoglutarate, or the reverse (from l-glutamate to pyruvate); one d-alanine transaminase effects the same reaction, but using d-alanine and d-glutamate. Serum concentration is increased in viral hepatitis and myocardial infarction.

Synonym(s): alanine transaminase, glutamic-pyruvic transaminase, serum glutamic:pyruvic transaminase

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