The Blood-Brain Barrier and the Regulation of Amino Acid Uptake and Availability to Brain

  • Quentin R. Smith
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 291)


The brain requires, in addition to glucose, a continuous and balanced supply of a number of essential nutrients to sustain normal cerebral development and function. Principal among these are the amino acids which serve diverse metabolic and structural roles throughout the central nervous system.


Amino Acid Transport Neutral Amino Acid Plasma Amino Acid Amino Acid Uptake Large Neutral Amino Acid 


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  • Quentin R. Smith
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Neurosciences, National Institute on AgingNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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