Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A crystalline amino acid, C4H8N2O3, found in many proteins, and present in large amounts in some plants, such as asparagus, that is easily hydrolyzed to aspartic acid.

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  • n. A nonessential amino acid C4H8N2O3 found in plants such as asparagus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A white, nitrogenous, crystallizable substance, C4H8N2O3+H2O, found in many plants, and first obtained from asparagus. It is believed to aid in the disposition of nitrogenous matter throughout the plant; -- called also altheine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a crystalline amino acid found in proteins and in many plants (e.g., asparagus)

Etymologies

asparag(us) + -ine2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It contains an amino acid called asparagine that bonus! acts as a diuretic to flush excess liquid out of your system.

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  • Produced by the heat-induced reaction between sugar and an amino acid called asparagine, acrylamide burst in to the public consciousness in 2002 when Swedish scientists found high levels in carbohydrate-rich foods, like French fries and potato chips.

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  • It forms when sugars and an amino acid called asparagine are heated together at high temperatures -- more than 248 degrees Fahrenheit.

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  • They often lack a molecule called asparagine synthase, which prevents them from making an essential amino acid called asparagine.

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  • Acrylamide forms when sugars and an amino acid called asparagine are heated together at high temperatures -- more than 248 degrees Fahrenheit.

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  • Figure 1 (page 78), "Asparagine synthetase secreted" should have read "Asparagine secreted," and the first sentence of the figure legend should mention "asparagine" rather than "asparagine

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  • ALG fractions were identified as a sugar protein complex and the protein moiety of ALG contained high amounts of glutamic acid (or glutamine), threonine, asparagic acid (or asparagine) and proline.

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  • We already know that asparagine in proteins can undergo a transformation and link through its side chain.

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  • However, when a mutation appears in the enzyme and changes the amino acid at position number 108 from serine to asparagine, the drug loses its effectiveness.

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  • At high temperatures, the glucose and asparagine in potatoes can form acrylamide, a potential carcinogen.

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  • Makes your pee smell funny! See Wiki link.

    September 6, 2008

  • Amino acid abundant in asparagus.

    I should have known you'd beat me here, sionnach.

    April 28, 2008

  • the first amino-acid to be isolated

    October 31, 2007