Toxicity of non-protein amino acids to humans and domestic animals.

  title={Toxicity of non-protein amino acids to humans and domestic animals.},
  author={Peter B Nunn and E. Arthur Bell and Alison A. Watson and Robert J. Nash},
  journal={Natural product communications},
  volume={5 3},
Non-protein amino acids are common in plants and are present in widely consumed animal feeds and human foods such as alfalfa (Medicago sativa), which contains canavanine, and lentil (Lens culinaris), which contains homoarginine. Some occur in wild species that are inadvertently harvested with crop species. Some non-protein amino acids and metabolites can be toxic to humans, e.g. Lathyrus species contain a neurotoxic oxalyl-amino acid. Some potential toxins may be passed along a food chain via… CONTINUE READING
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