By Sir Leslie Fowden (auth.), Gert Lubec, Gerald A. Rosenthal (eds.)
The research of amino acids is of primary curiosity to scientists from many assorted fields. This curiosity derives from their function because the uncomplicated parts of proteins as well as their skill to function development blocks for the construction of many sessions of secondary metabolites. they could aid the biosynthesis of a myriad of common items together with non-protein amino acids, cyanogenic glycosides, pharmacologically lively alkaloids, convinced phenols, purines and pyrimidines, nucleic acids. condensed tannins, lignins and different metabolites.
The contributions contained during this paintings originate from the 1st overseas Congress in Amino Acid learn. This number of papers will attract researchers within the fields of biochemistry, vascular and mobilephone biology, body structure, pharmacology, endocrinology and scientific drugs.
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Evaporation of EtOAc left the residue which was chromatographed on silica gel. 75 (2H, br s). MS m/z 277 (M+). 3 mmol) in MeOH (10 ml) was hydrogenated with 5% Pd-C as a catalyst. The mixture was filtered through Celite pad and evaporated. 0, H 20); IR 1680, 1560 em-I. Anal. 80. 57. 80 mmol) at -78°C. 00 mmol) in THF (15 ml) was added to it... The reaction mixture was stirred for 30 min at -78°C, and then quenched with AcOH-MeOH (1:1, 2 ml). 31 (lOH, m). Anal. 05. 0 kg/cm2. The reaction mixture was filtered through Celite pad and the filtrate was evaporated in vacuo.
Its biosynthesis involves the alanylation of the free ring with O-acetylserine as donor of the side chain . The neurotoxin VI is the higher homologue of I. VI only occurs in the genus Lathyrus, in the seedlings of 20% of the species examined. The biosynthesis has not yet succeeded in vitro. In vivo experiments with [14C]labelled precursors demonstrate that the amino acid moiety of S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) is incorporated at an acceptable rate (4% of the label). With [14C]methionine as precursor, the rate of incorporation in VI was much less .
In these areas the information available is very limited. The major obstacle for this kind of research may be that most of these natural compounds are not commercially available. The fact that many thousands of people have been paralysed for life, after consumption of the seeds of L. sativus containing a toxic nonprotein amino acid, should induce biologists to develop ways to make this plant non-toxic without losing its attractive agronomic traits. Perhaps genetic engineering can bring the answer to this problem when sufficient biochemical information is available.