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Amino acids are organic compounds that contain amino —NH 2 and carboxyl —COOH functional groups , along with a side chain R group specific to each amino acid. About naturally occurring amino acids are known as of though only 20 appear in the genetic code and can be classified in many ways.
The formula of a general amino acid is:. In addition to their role as protein building blocks in living organisms, amino acids are used industrially in numerous ways. The first report of the commercial production of an amino acid was in It was then that the flavouring agent monosodium glutamate MSG was prepared from a type of large seaweed. This led to the commercial production of MSG, which is now produced using a bacterial fermentation process with starch and molasses as carbon sources. Glycine , cysteine , and D,L- alanine are also used as food additives, and mixtures of amino acids serve as flavour enhancers in the food industry.
All of the proteins on the face of the earth are made up of the same 20 amino acids. Linked together in long chains called polypeptides, amino acids are the building blocks for the vast assortment of proteins found in all living cells. All amino acids have the same basic structure, which is shown in Figure 2. With the exception of glycine, which has an R-group consisting of a hydrogen atom, all of the amino acids in proteins have four different groups attached to them and consequently can exist in two mirror image forms, L and D. With only very minor exceptions, every amino acid found in cells and in proteins is in the L configuration.
Recent years have witnessed the discovery that amino acids AA are not only cell signaling molecules but are also regulators of gene expression and the protein phosphorylation cascade. Additionally, AA are key precursors for syntheses of hormones and low-molecular weight nitrogenous substances with each having enormous biological importance. Physiological concentrations of AA and their metabolites e. However, elevated levels of AA and their products e. Thus, an optimal balance among AA in the diet and circulation is crucial for whole body homeostasis. There is growing recognition that besides their role as building blocks of proteins and polypeptides, some AA regulate key metabolic pathways that are necessary for maintenance, growth, reproduction, and immunity.
Proteins are large, complex molecules that play many critical roles in the body. Proteins are made up of hundreds or thousands of smaller units called amino acids, which are attached to one another in long chains. There are 20 different types of amino acids that can be combined to make a protein. Proteins can be described according to their large range of functions in the body, listed in alphabetical order:. Antibodies bind to specific foreign particles, such as viruses and bacteria, to help protect the body. Immunoglobulin G IgG.
•Amino acids as a building blocks of peptides and proteins •Based on type of functional group (R group) present amino acids are classified •The R groups of amino acids determine their unique biochemical functions.
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Recent years have witnessed the discovery that amino acids AA are not only cell signaling molecules but are also regulators of gene expression and the protein phosphorylation cascade. Additionally, AA are key precursors for syntheses of hormones and low-molecular weight nitrogenous substances with each having enormous biological importance. Physiological concentrations of AA and their metabolites e.
There are as many as one hundred thousand kinds of proteins that constitute the body, and these comprise only twenty kinds of amino acids in various combinations. These twenty amino acids are essential to the body. In addition to being the materials for proteins, they are used as an energy source for the body when needed. In addition each amino acid plays an important and unique role in the body, as detailed below. They perform the important functions of increasing proteins and serving as an energy source during exercise.
Amino acids are the monomers that make up proteins. Every amino acid also has another atom or group of atoms bonded to the central atom known as the R group. This R group, or side chain, gives each amino acid proteins specific characteristics, including size, polarity, and pH. There are 21 amino acids present in proteins, each with a specific R group or side chain. Ten of these are considered essential amino acids in humans because the human body cannot produce them and they must be obtained from the diet.
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