Author: Nat Pernick, M.D.

Revised: 26 March 2018, last major update July 2013

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PubMed Search: Arginase 1[title]
Cite this page: Pernick, N. Arginase1. website. Accessed May 24th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Binuclear manganese metalloenzyme that catalyzes hydrolysis of arginine to ornithine and urea (Wikipedia)
  • Also called liver arginase
  • Critical regulator of nitric oxide synthesis and vascular function
  • Defects cause vascular disease, pulmonary disease, infectious disease, immune cell function or cancer
  • Argininemia: rare autosomal recessive disorder of urea cycle due to mutations in arginase gene; arginine is elevated in blood and cerebrospinal fluid, causes periodic hyperammonemia, associated with developmental delay, seizures, mental retardation, hypotonia, ataxia and progressive spastic quadriplegia (OMIM #207800)
Uses by pathologists
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Hepatocellular carcinoma

HCC - nuclear and
cytoplasmic staining

Moderately differentiated HCC

Liver: benign and
hepatocellular carcinoma

Metastatic colonic
adenocarcinoma to liver


Lung: TB related granulomas

Positive staining - normal
  • Hepatocytes
Positive staining - disease