This enzyme belongs to the family of hydrolases, those acting on carbon-nitrogen bonds other than peptide bonds, specifically in linear amidines. The systematic name of this enzyme class is 4-guanidinobutanoate amidinohydrolase. Other names in common use include gamma-guanidobutyrase, 4-guanidinobutyrate amidinobutyrase, gamma-guanidinobutyrate amidinohydrolase, G-Base, GBH, and guanidinobutyrate ureahydrolase. This enzyme participates in urea cycle and metabolism of amino groups. It employs one cofactor, manganese.
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