This enzyme belongs to the family of ligases, specifically those forming generic carbon-nitrogen bonds. The systematic name of this enzyme class is urea:carbon-dioxide ligase (ADP-forming). Other names in common use include urease (ATP-hydrolysing), urea carboxylase (hydrolysing), ATP-urea amidolyase, urea amidolyase, UALase, and UCA. This enzyme participates in urea cycle and metabolism of amino groups. It employs one cofactor, biotin.