© 1990

Amino Acids

Chemistry, Biology and Medicine

  • Gert Lubec
  • Gerald A. Rosenthal

Table of contents

  1. Basic chemistry, Analysis and Synthesis

    1. Hans Brückner, Mathias Langer, Ali Esna-Ashari, Anik Labudda, Zbigniew J. Kamiński, Miroslaw T. Leplawy et al.
      Pages 159-165
    2. Robert S. Phillips, Robert L. Von Tersch, Joel G. Fletcher, Ah H. Lai
      Pages 166-172
    3. I. Graef, B. Bartosch, Chr. Prusa, J. Häusler, G. Lubec
      Pages 173-183
    4. Hiroshi Koide, Mitsuko Oishi, Takanori Oka, Tetsuo Miyake, Toru Fuwa, Shigeyuki Yokoyama et al.
      Pages 193-200
    5. Constantinos G. Zarkadas, Edward A. Meighen, James A. Rochemont, George C. Zarkadas, Ali D. Khalili, Quang Nguyen
      Pages 201-216
  2. Neurochemistry/Neurobiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Astrid G. Chapman, Jeanette H. Swan, Smita Patel, Joanne L. Graham, Brian S. Meldrum
      Pages 219-232
    3. Raymond Bernasconi, Therese Leonhardt, Pierre Martin, Anne F. Steulet, Chantai Portet, Kurt Stöcklin et al.
      Pages 233-243
    4. Carl L. Faingold, Marcus E. Randall, Catherine A. Copley
      Pages 263-268
    5. H. Shinozaki, M. Ishida, Y. Gotoh, S. Kwak
      Pages 281-293
    6. Maria H. Millan, Bridget Wardley-Smith, Michael J. Halsey, Brian S. Meldrum
      Pages 294-302
    7. S. Kwak, H. Aizawa, M. Ishida, Y. Gotoh, H. Shinozaki
      Pages 318-326

About this book


There is little wonder in the fact that the investigation of amino acids is of fundamental interest to scientists from so many diversified fields. If amino acids were only basic constituents of enzymes as well as structural and other proteins, this property alone would elevate them to real scientific importance. Added to this role, however, is their ability to serve as building blocks for the production of many classes of secondary metabolites. They can support the biosynthesis of a myriad of natural products including nonprotein amino acids, cyanogenic glycosides, phar­ macologically active alkaloids, certain phenols, purines and pyrimidines, nucleic acids, condensed tannins, lignins and other metabolites. The approximately twenty or so amino (and imino) acids that comprise proteins are well known; less familiar are what is now approaching 600 nonprotein amino acids that have been isolated and characterized from plant, fungal or animal sources. Investigations of the protein amino acids have proven of outstanding value in enhancing our understanding of a variety of physiological and neurological topics that affect human health and well being. Amino acids are used to probe inhibitory and excitatory transmission receptors in the brain. They contribute to our understanding of epilepsy, development of anti-epileptic drugs, production of novel y-arninobutyric acid uptake inhibitors, and acute and chronic neurodegenera­ tive disorders.


Purine Pyrimidine amino acid biochemistry biology cell biology endocrinology lignin natural product nucleic acid pharmacology physiology protein proteins synthesis

Editors and affiliations

  • Gert Lubec
    • 1
  • Gerald A. Rosenthal
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.T. H. Morgan School of Biological Sciences and The Graduate Center for ToxicologyUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Amino Acids
  • Book Subtitle Chemistry, Biology and Medicine
  • Editors G. Lubec
    Gerald A. Rosenthal
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-72199-04-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-5004-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-2262-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 1195
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Biochemistry, general
    Animal Anatomy / Morphology / Histology
    Polymer Sciences
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