Talk:Amino acid

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 Definition Biochemical with an amino group, a carboxyl group, a hydrogen atom, and a side chain bonded to a central carbon. [d] [e]

We need to add alot of molecular structures to this page to make it meaningful to those with no knowledge of amino acids or proteins. I can try to make some nice jpegs for this. Strictly speaking, amino acids should be called (L)-alpha-amino acids.

David E. Volk 16:42, 25 July 2007 (CDT)


page looks great. Should Gamma-aminobutyric acid be added here? - Robert Badgett 09:10, 21 January 2008 (CST)

Perhaps GABA, carnitine and other amino acid derivatives (e.g. from glutamate and lysine, respectively, in the case of GABA and CARN) should have their separate section indicating that these amino acids are synthesized endogenously in proportion to demand for very specific functions (not as structural components), and that, in some cases, they can be termed "conditionally essential" because the synthesis can be insufficient to meet the demand, as in the case of carnitine. I don't know if biogenic amines could/should enter in this category (like GABA would). Pierre-Alain Gouanvic 14:06, 21 January 2008 (CST)


Note the minor spelling error in the table: Glatamine. Does this require some photoshop editing? Pierre-Alain Gouanvic 14:09, 21 January 2008 (CST)

Thanks for noticing this error. I have replaced the image with a new one with the corrected glutamine label. David E. Volk 11:36, 22 January 2008 (CST)


I made a link to new homocysteine article. However, I do not know if I did this optimally. Feel free to revise. - Robert Badgett 04:05, 17 November 2008 (UTC)