MadSci Network: Biochemistry

Re: How are amino acids synthesized in the cell?

Date: Thu Jan 14 10:03:16 1999
Posted By: Michael Onken, MadSci Admin
Area of science: Biochemistry
ID: 916326086.Bc

Amino acids are synthesized in the cytoplasms of almost every organism, although most heterotrophs, like animals and fungi, get the bulk of their amino acids from their food. Different amino acids use different pathways, so there isn't one general "amino acid synthesis pathway". However, there are several internet resources for metabolic pathways, one of which can be located at:

The Main Metabolic Pathways on the Internet

(You need to know the names of the various amino acids to find each pathway, but if you can find Tryptophan, Glycine, Proline, and Leucine, you'll get some idea of the pathways involved.)

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