Glutamine: commercially essential or conditionally essential? A critical appraisal of the human data.


Glutamine is a nonessential amino acid that can be synthesized from glutamate and glutamic acid by glutamate-ammonia ligase. Glutamine is an important fuel source for the small intestine. It was proposed that glutamine is necessary for the maintenance of normal intestinal morphology and function in the absence of luminal nutrients. However, intestinal… (More)


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