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Aspartic acid

Synonym(s)

  • Asp
  • aspartic acid (substance)
  • L-aspartic acid
  • (S)-aminobutanedioic acid

Definition(s)

A non-essential amino acid in humans, aspartic acid has an overall negative charge and plays an important role in the synthesis of other amino acids and in the citric acid and urea cycles. Asparagine, arginine, lysine, methionine, isoleucine, and some nucleotides are synthesized from aspartic acid. Aspartic acid also serves as a neurotransmitter.

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Amino acid with side chain -CH2COO-.

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One of the non-essential amino acids commonly occurring in the L-form. It is found in animals and plants, especially in sugar cane and sugar beets. It may be a neurotransmitter.

Definition from: MSH via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: September 15, 2014