Cysteine facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsL-Cysteine
|Other names||2-Amino-3-sulfhydrylpropanoic acid|
|Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)|
Cysteine is a semi-essential amino acid, which means that humans can make it. The codons UGU and UGC code for cysteine. The thiol side chain in cysteine often does enzyme reactions as a nucleophile. The thiol oxidises to give the disulfide derivative cystine, which is important in many protein structures. When used as a food additive, cysteine has the E number E920.
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