University Chemistry ›› 2019, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (1): 24-32.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX201804024

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Discussion on Introducing Amino Acid Metabolism into Bioorganic Chemistry and Chemical Biology Education

Zhipeng A. WANG1,4,*(),Xinyu MA1,Huijuan YAN2,Jie TIAN3   

  1. 1 Department of Chemistry, Texas A & M University, Texas 77840, USA
    2 Plant Pathology & Microbiology Department, Texas A & M University, Texas 77840, USA
    3 Department of Biology, Texas A & M University, Texas 77840, USA
    4 Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, P. R. China
  • Received:2018-04-17 Published:2019-01-16
  • Contact: Zhipeng A. WANG


The manuscript starts from fundamental knowledge of amino acid metabolism, followed by the analysis of how and why we incorporate it into current biochemistry education. These metabolic processes containing different biochemical reaction mechanisms are generally fascinating, and thus can be selected as good study materials for undergraduate education to attract their attention. Based on the discussion of various amino acid examples, the significance is demonstrated in different aspects as diversity, complexity, attractivity and inseparability. It is a meaningful trial of installing frontier research into fundamental knowledge to deepen amino acid metabolic contents in biochemistry education.

Key words: Bioorganic chemistry, Biochemistry, Amino acid, Metabolism


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