Asparagine

From Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is a stub and thus not approved.
Main Article
Talk
Related Articles  [?]
Bibliography  [?]
External Links  [?]
Citable Version  [?]
 
This editable Main Article is under development and not meant to be cited; by editing it you can help to improve it towards a future approved, citable version. These unapproved articles are subject to a disclaimer.
(CC) Image: David E. Volk
Asparagine (ASP, D), a common amino acid.

Asparagine, abbreviated either as ASP or D, is one of the twenty common amino acids used by living organisms to build proteins. It is one of the neutral, polar amino acids. The side chain of asparagine is the amide group -CH2-C(O)-NH2. This side chain is capable of forming hydrogen bonds with other chemical entities that are electron donors. It is very similar to glutamine, which has one extra carbon on the side chain before the amide group, and aspartic acid, which has a hydroxyl group (OH) in place of the NH2 moiety on the side chain.