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Medical Term:

aromatic d-amino acid decarboxylase

Pronunciation: ar′ō-mat′ik dē a-mē′nō as′id dē′kar-boks′i-lās

Definition: An enzyme that catalyzes the decarboxylation of l-dopa to dopamine, of l-tryptophan to tryptamine, and of l-hydroxytryptophan to serotonin; important in the biosynthetic pathway of catecholamines and melanin.

Synonym(s): dopa decarboxylase, hydroxytryptophan decarboxylase, tryptophan decarboxylase

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