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noun, plural: dephosphorylations

The removal of a phosphate group from a compound


Dephosphorylation in living cells is a common biochemical process in which a phosphate group is removed from an organic compound through hydrolysis. An example of this is when an ATP loses a phosphate group, thus changing into ADP.

Dephosphorylation can be reversed through phosphorylation in which a phosphate group is added to an organic compound (i.e. phosphate group added to ADP, becoming ATP).


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