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Amino Acids Pathfinder

Page Coordinator: Judy Matthews Last updated: 01-19-2010


A user's introductory guide to everything someone may want to know about amino acids.

Amino acids are an essential building block of life. This guide is for the student beginning their studies in biochemistry, who has little or no previous knowledge of amino acids.

How this guide is set up:

This guide lists several differences types of sources on information concerning amino acids. There are four main sections: print sources, web sites, Chemistry/Biochemistry indexes, and other resources. For some print sources, a link has been provided to the Library catalog via call number. Item availability and library location can be found there. Most books and tools can be found at the Main MSU Library .

What are amino acids:

AMINO ACIDS are the "building blocks" of the body. Besides building cells and repairing tissue, they form antibodies to combat invading bacteria & viruses; they are part of the enzyme & hormonal system; they build nucleoproteins (RNA & DNA); they carry oxygen throughout the body and participate in muscle activity. When protein is broken down by digestion the result is 22 known amino acids. Eight are essential (cannot be manufactured by the body) the rest are non-essential (can be manufactured by the body with proper nutrition). --Austin Nutritional Research

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