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Lysine

Synonym(s)

  • L-lysine
  • Lys
  • lysine (substance)

Definition(s)

Amino acid with side chain -(CH2)4NH3+.

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One of nine essential amino acids in humans required for growth and tissue repair, Lysine is supplied by many foods, especially red meats, fish, and dairy products. Lysine seems to be active against herpes simplex viruses and present in many forms of diet supplements. The mechanism underlying this effect is based on the viral need for amino acid arginine; lysine competes with arginine for absorption and entry into cells. Lysine inhibits HSV growth by knocking out arginine.

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Essential amino acid necessary for optimal growth in infants and for maintenance of nitrogen equilibrium in adult humans.

Definition from: CRISP Thesaurus 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: October 20, 2014