Alanine facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsAlanine
|Other names||2-Aminopropanoic acid|
|Molar mass||89.08 g mol-1|
258 °C, 531 K, 496 °F
|Solubility in water||167.2 g/L (25 °C)|
|Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)|
Alanine (abbreviated as Ala or A) is an α-amino acid. It has the chemical formula CH3CH(NH2)COOH.
The L-isomer is one of the 20 amino acids encoded by the genetic code. Its codons are GCU, GCC, GCA, and GCG. It is classified as a non-polar amino acid.
L-Alanine accounts for 7.8% of the primary structure in a sample of 1,150 proteins. Leucine is the only amino acid which is more common.
D-Alanine occurs in bacterial cell walls and in some peptide antibiotics.
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