The metabolism of "surplus" amino acids.

@article{Bender2012TheMO,
  title={The metabolism of "surplus" amino acids.},
  author={David A. Bender},
  journal={The British journal of nutrition},
  year={2012},
  volume={108 Suppl 2},
  pages={S113-21}
}
For an adult in N balance, apart from small amounts of amino acids required for the synthesis of neurotransmitters, hormones, etc, an amount of amino acids almost equal to that absorbed from the diet can be considered to be "surplus" in that it will be catabolized. The higher diet-induced thermogenesis from protein than from carbohydrate or fat has generally been assumed to be due to increased protein synthesis, which is ATP expensive. To this must be added the ATP cost of protein catabolism… CONTINUE READING
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