Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

Living Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, William M. Irvine, Ricardo Amils, Henderson James Cleaves, Daniele Pinti, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Michel Viso

Free Amino Acid

  • Henderson James (Jim) CleavesIIEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_600-4

Definition

In chemistry, a free amino acid is an amino acid which is not covalently bound in a peptide or in another sort of linkage, for example, in a melanoidin polymer, an HCN polymer, or chelated to an inorganic ion.

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Keywords

Bioorganic Chemistry Free Amino Free Amino Acid Acid Precursor Amino Acid Precursor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Tokyo Institute of TechnologyMeguro-kuJapan
  2. 2.Institute for Advanced StudyPrincetonUSA
  3. 3.Blue Marble Space Institute of ScienceWashingtonUSA
  4. 4.Center for Chemical EvolutionGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA