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2nd Edition

Amino Acids
Biochemistry and Nutrition

ISBN 9781003092742
Published September 26, 2021 by CRC Press
816 Pages 5 Color & 204 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Following its predecessor, the second edition of Amino Acids: Biochemistry and Nutrition presents exhaustive coverage of amino acids in the nutrition, metabolism and health of humans and other animals. Substantially revised, expanded and updated to reflect scientific advances, this book introduces the basic principles of amino acid biochemistry and nutrition, while highlighting the current knowledge of the field and its future possibilities.

The book begins with the basic chemical concepts of amnio acids, peptides and proteins, and their digestion and absorption. Subsequent chapters cover cell-, tissue-, and species-specific synthesis and catabolism of amino acids and related bioactive metabolites, and the use of isotopes to study amino acids metabolism in cells and the body. The book details protein turnover, physiological functions of amino acids, as well as both the regulation and inborn errors of amino acid metabolism. The book concludes with a presentation on human and animal dietary requirements of amino acids and evaluates dietary protein quality.


  • Encompasses a comprehensive coverage of basic to applied concepts in amino acid metabolism in humans and other animals.
  • Highlights important roles of dietary amino acids and protein intake in growth, physical performance and health, including sarcopenia mitigation and immunity.
  • Discusses concerns over the excess intakes of amino acids or protein in the development of diseases, including cardiovascular disorders, diabetes and cancers, as well as bone integrity
  • Each chapter contains select references to provide comprehensive reviews and original experimental data on the topics discussed.
  • Each chapter is backed by original experimental data on various topics discussed and contains select references to aid the reader further in research.

Written by Distinguished Professor of Animal Nutrition, Guoyao Wu, Ph.D., this book is an authoritative reference for students and researchers in both biomedicine and agriculture.

Table of Contents

1. Discovery and Chemistry of Amino Acids 

2. Protein Digestion and Absorption of Peptides and Amino Acids 

3. Synthesis of Amino Acids 

4. Degradation of Amino Acids  

5. Synthesis and Catabolism of Special Substances from Amino Acids 

6. Synthesis of Urea and Uric Acid  

7. Use of Isotopes for Studying Amino Acid Metabolism 

8. Protein Synthesis  

9. Intracellular and Extracellular Degradation of Body Proteins 

10. Regulation of Amino Acid Metabolism 

11. Physiological Functions and Nutritional Supplementation of Amino Acids 

12. Inborn Errors of Amino Acid Metabolism 

13. Dietary Requirements of Amino Acids

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Dr. Guoyao Wu is a University Distinguished Professor, University Faculty Fellow, and Texas A&M AgriLife Research Senior Faculty Fellow at Texas A&M University.