Non-protein amino acids: a review of the biosynthesis and taxonomic significance

E. A. Bell, Robert J. Nash, Alison A. Watson

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Abstract

The non-protein amino acids, with which we are concerned here, are not incorporated into the proteins of the organisms that synthesize them nor are their residues formed by the post-translational modification of protein amino acid residues. Non-protein amino acids are of value in the study of relationships between species and higher taxa of organisms because most of them are of restricted distribution. If a particular non-protein amino acid is only known to occur in a limited group of species which are related in other respects then it is possible that these species have all arisen from a common ancestral form in which the biosynthetic pathway to that particular non-protein amino acid already existed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-110
Number of pages18
JournalNatural Product Communications
Volume3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • SANTALUM-ALBUM L
  • BETA-ISOXAZOLINONE-ALANINE
  • GAMMA-HYDROXYHOMOARGININE
  • PHASEOLUS-VULGARIS
  • BETA-N-OXALYL-L-ALPHA,BETA-DIAMINOPROPIONIC ACID
  • SYSTEMATIC SIGNIFICANCE
  • LATHYRUS-TINGITANUS
  • AZETIDINE-2-CARBOXYLIC ACID
  • PISUM-SATIVUM
  • SYNTHASE ACTIVITY 1

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