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alanine (Ala; alpha-aminopropionic acid)

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alanine (Ala; alpha-aminopropionic acid)
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(A, CH3CH(NH2)COOH) A naturally occurring aliphatic amino acid which is required for protein synthesis but is not essential in the diet. Beta-alanine (NH2CH2CH2COOH) also occurs naturally.