Definitions for urokinaseˌyʊər əˈkaɪ neɪs, -neɪz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

u•ro•ki•naseˌyʊər əˈkaɪ neɪs, -neɪz(n.)

  1. an enzyme, present in the blood and urine of mammals, that activates plasminogen and is used medicinally to dissolve blood clots.

    Category: Biochemistry, Pharmacology

Origin of urokinase:

1955–60

Princeton's WordNet

  1. plasminogen activator, urokinase(noun)

    protease produced in the kidney that converts plasminogen to plasmin and so initiates fibrinolysis

Wiktionary

  1. urokinase(Noun)

    An enzyme, found in the urine, which converts plasminogen to plasmin, and is used in the treatment of deep vein thrombosis.

Freebase

  1. Urokinase

    Urokinase, also called urokinase-type plasminogen activator, is a serine protease. It was first discovered in 1947 by McFarlane. Urokinase was originally isolated from human urine, but is present in several physiological locations, such as blood stream and the extracellular matrix. The primary physiological substrate is plasminogen, which is an inactive form of the serine protease plasmin. Activation of plasmin triggers a proteolysis cascade that, depending on the physiological environment, participates in thrombolysis or extracellular matrix degradation. This links urokinase to vascular diseases and cancer.

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