Non-protein amino acids and neurodegeneration: The enemy within

@article{Rodgers2014NonproteinAA,
  title={Non-protein amino acids and neurodegeneration: The enemy within},
  author={Kenneth J. Rodgers},
  journal={Experimental Neurology},
  year={2014},
  volume={253},
  pages={192-196}
}
  • K. Rodgers
  • Published 2014
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Experimental Neurology
Animals, in common with plants and microorganisms, synthesise proteins from a pool of 20 protein amino acids (plus selenocysteine and pyrolysine) (Hendrickson et al., 2004). This represents a small proportion (~2%) of the total number of amino acids known to exist in nature (Bell, 2003). Many 'non-protein' amino acids are synthesised by plants, and in some cases constitute part of their chemical armoury against pathogens, predators or other species competing for the same resources (Fowden et al… Expand
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