Aspartate aminotransferase

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Aspartate aminotransferase

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(Also known as AST, glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase, and SGOT.) A liver enzyme that is usually present in liver and heart cells and plays a distinct role in protein metabolism. Aspartate aminotransferase is released into blood when the liver or heart is damaged, and an elevated serum level is a sign of liver or heart damage. Medications can also raise alanine aminotransferase levels.

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