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Amino Acid Metabolism

  • Jean-François Morot-Gaudry
  • Dominique Job
  • Peter J. Lea


Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. They are not only important for cell structure but direct and control the chemical reactions that constitute life processes. Proteins are composed of many copies of 20 amino acids linked in chains by covalent bonds. Thus a 100-unit protein has 20100 possible structures. This enormous variability means that cells and organisms can differ greatly in structure and function, even though they are made up of similar macromolecules produced by the same type of reaction.


Amino Acid Metabolism Shikimate Pathway Plant Nitrogen Chloroplast Transit Peptide Aspartate Kinase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-François Morot-Gaudry
    • 1
  • Dominique Job
    • 2
  • Peter J. Lea
    • 3
  1. 1.Unité de Nutrition Azotée des PlantesINRAVersaillesFrance
  2. 2.UMR 1932 CNRS/AVENTIS CropScienceLyon Cedex 9France
  3. 3.Department of Biological SciencesLancaster UniversityLancasterUK

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