L-Tryptophan

Tryptophan (symbol Trp or W)is an α-amino acid that is used in the biosynthesis of proteins. Tryptophan contains an α-amino group, an α-carboxylic acid group, and a side chain indole
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Tryptophan (symbol Trp or W)is an α-amino acid that is used in the biosynthesis of proteins. Tryptophan contains an α-amino group, an α-carboxylic acid group, and a side chain indole, making it a non-polar aromatic amino acid. It is essential in humans, meaning the body cannot synthesize it; it must be obtained from the diet. Tryptophan is also a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin, the hormone melatonin and vitamin B3. It is encoded by the codon UGG. Amino acids, including tryptophan, are used as building blocks in protein biosynthesis, and proteins are required to sustain life. Many animals (including humans) cannot synthesize tryptophan: they need to obtain it through their diet, making it an essential amino acid.

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CAS NO73-22-3
Synonyms(S)-2-Amino-3-(3-indolyl)propionic acid, L-α-Amino-3-indolepropionic acid, L-Tryptophan
FormulaC11H12N2O2
Molecular Weight204.23 g/mol
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