2nd Edition

Amino Acids Biochemistry and Nutrition

By Guoyao Wu Copyright 2021
    816 Pages 5 Color & 204 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    816 Pages 5 Color & 204 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    816 Pages 5 Color & 204 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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.

    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


    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.