Author(s): Papes F, Surpili MJ, Langone F, Trigo JR, Arruda P
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Abstract Lysine has long been recognized as an essential amino acid for humans and the lack or low supply of this compound in the diet may lead to mental and physical handicaps. Since lysine is severely restricted in cereals, the most important staple food in the world, the understanding of its biological roles must be a major concern. Here we show that lysine is an important precursor for de novo synthesis of glutamate, the most significant excitatory neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system. We also show that the synthesis of glutamate from lysine, which is carried out by the saccharopine pathway, is likely to take place in neurons.
This article was published in FEBS Lett
and referenced in Journal of Food Processing & Technology