Lectures and seminars Fysiologföreningen presents Professor Trevor Stone
Welcome to a seminar with Professor Trevor Stone, "When is an essential amino acid not an essential amino acid?", at 15:00 on 16 January 2020.
"When is an essential amino acid not an essential amino acid?"
Professor Trevor Stone
The Kennedy Institute, NDORMS, University of Oxford, UK
Tryptophan is known as an ‘essential’ amino acid because it is essential to acquire it through the diet. However, its synthesis by intestinal microbiota means that dietary intake may not be relevant. On the other hand, increasing evidence indicates that tryptophan metabolism, especially along the kynurenine pathway, is fundamentally essential in many of life’s basic processes, including the need for inter-species communication in health and disease. The future may see this pathway recognised as the key to understanding the causes and treatment of disorders from cataracts to cancer.
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