GENETICS Terms Amino Acid Methionine

 

- Info:

- Methionine chemical formula is C5H11O2S.

- Methionine is essential amino acid which means that humans can't synthesise it.

- Methionine 'R' group is -CH2-CH2-S-CH3.

- Methionine is needed by the body to manufacture creatine monohydrate, a compound essential for energy production and muscle building.

Methionine assists in the breakdown of fats and thereby prevents the build-up of fat in the arteries.

Methionine assists with the digestive system.

Methionine assists with removing heavy metals from the body since it can be converted to cysteine, which is a

precursor to gluthione, which is of prime importance in detoxifying the liver.

- Methionine interactive 3D model can be found at http://www.biotopics.co.uk/JmolApplet/metjdisplayhalos.html.

- Methionine 3D model was taken from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:L-methionine-B-3D-balls.png.