tyrosine kinase

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ty·ro·sine ki·nase

an enzyme that phosphorylates tyrosyl residues on certain proteins; many are products of viral oncogenes; a number of receptors (for example, receptors for epidermal growth factor, insulin, etc.) have this enzymatic activity; a misnomer, in that the physiologic substrate is not tyrosine but tyrosyl residues in a protein.

tyrosine kinase

n.
Any of a family of enzymes that phosphorylate tyrosine in certain proteins and play an important role in cell signaling. Mutations that affect their activity or expression can cause leukemia and other cancers.

tyrosine kinase

An enzyme intimately linked to signal transduction–ST, either as a receptor-type TK, which participates in transmembrane signaling, or as an intracellular TK, participating in ST to the nucleus; ↑ or ↓ TK activity is associated with various diseases, and alteration of TK activity at various points in its signaling pathway is of potential therapeutic interest; ↑ TK activity implicated in many CAs and other malignant and nonmalignant diseases, ASHD, psoriasis, inflammation; ↓ TK activity is linked to DM, X-linked agammaglobulinemia

tyrosine kinase

Any of a group of enzymes that influence signaling between cells, esp. as relates to cell growth and death, cellular adhesion and movement, and cellular differentiation. Abnormalities in tyrosine kinases are found in some human diseases, including chronic myeloid (myelogenous) leukemia.
See also: kinase
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