an enzyme capable of activating a zymogen or one causing the transfer of the terminal phosphate group, generally from ATP, to a receiving molecule
Origin of kinasekin(etic) + -ase
Any of various enzymes that catalyze the transfer of a phosphate group from a donor, such as ADP or ATP, to an acceptor protein. Kinases regulate many essential cellular processes.
Origin of kinasekin(etic) -ase
From Ancient Greek κινεῖν (kinein, “to move”) + -ase, a suffix forming enzyme names.