Accepted name: arginase
Reaction: L-arginine + H2O = L-ornithine + urea
Other name(s): arginine amidinase; canavanase; L-arginase; arginine transamidinase
Systematic name: L-arginine amidinohydrolase
Comments: Also hydrolyses α-N-substituted L-arginines and canavanine.
1.  Bach, S.J. and Killip, J.D. Studies on the purification and the kinetic properties of arginase from beef, sheep and horse liver. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 47 (1961) 336–343. [PMID: 13685626]
2.  Cabello, J., Basilio, C. and Prajoux, V. Kinetic properties of erythrocyte- and liver arginase. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 48 (1961) 148–152. [PMID: 13689647]
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4.  Greenberg, D.M. Arginase. In: Boyer, P.D., Lardy, H. and Myrbäck, K. (Ed.), The Enzymes, 2nd edn, vol. 4, Academic Press, New York, 1960, pp. 257–267.
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[EC created 1961]