Definition of transamination in English:


Line breaks: trans|amin¦ation
Pronunciation: /ˌtransamɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n
, ˌtrɑːns-, -nz-/


[mass noun] Biochemistry
The transfer of an amino group from one molecule to another, especially from an amino acid to a keto acid.
More example sentences
  • Glutamate is also a principal amino donor to other amino acids in subsequent transamination reactions.
  • The key organic acid, 2-oxoglutarate, is mainly derived from sugar respiration and amino acid transamination reactions.
  • The earliest enzymatic functions are mostly linked to amino acid catabolism: deamination, transamination, and decarboxylation.



More example sentences
  • Ornithine, in excess of urea cycle needs, is transaminated to form glutamate semialdehyde.
  • In skeletal muscle, pyruvate is transaminated to alanine, thus affording an additional route of nitrogen transport from muscle to liver.
  • It seemed the mitochondrial OAA must be transaminated or decarboxylated in the cytosol via a malate-OAA shuttle in order to maximize malate-dependent respiration.

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