Thymidine Kinase (TK1) is a highly conserved phosphotransferase that is present in most living cells. Thymidine Kinase catalyzes the phosphorylation reaction: deoxythymidine + ATP = deoxythymidine 5'-phosphate + ADP; it is thus involved in the reaction chain to introduce deoxythymidine into the DNA. Thymidine kinase is required for the action of many antiviral drugs, such as azidothymidine (AZT), and is also used to select hybridoma cell lines in the production of monoclonal antibodies. Thymidine Kinase has many clinical applications as it is only present in anticipation of cell division.
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Protein Aliases: EC 126.96.36.199; KITH; thymidine kinase 1 soluble isoform; thymidine kinase 1, soluble; Thymidine kinase, cytosolic; thymidine kinase-1
Gene Aliases: D530002A18Rik; Tk; Tk-1; TK1; Tk1a; Tk1b; TK2