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Definition of "deaminase" [deaminase]

  • Any of a class of enzymes that catalyze the removal, usually by hydrolysis, of the amino group NH2 from an amino compound. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "deaminase" in a sentence
  • "This system is largely responsible for our ability to generate stronger and faster resistance to subsequent infections, and is integral to why vaccines work. 3 recent papers used concepts in evolution to help characterize one of the most interesting and novel immunological genes discovered since the RAGs in the late 80s, a gene called activation induced deaminase AID, pronounced as initials, a gene pivotal to antibody modification."
  • "Thus a deaminase is an enzyme which contains deaminations and oxidase is one which contains oxidizing."
  • "The first approved GM procedure was performed in 1990 when NIH scientists genetically modified white blood cells in Ashanti DeSilva, a four-year-old girl with adenosine deaminase deficiency"