Definition of Leucine

One of nine essential amino acids in humans (provided by food), Leucine is important for protein synthesis and many metabolic functions. Leucine contributes to regulation of blood-sugar levels — growth and repair of muscle and bone tissuegrowth hormone production — and wound healing. Leucine also prevents breakdown of muscle proteins after trauma or severe stress and may be beneficial for individuals with phenylketonuria. Leucine is available in many foods and deficiency is rare. (NCI04)

Leucine is from the group

Dietary Amino Acid

Other Names for Leucine

(S)-2-Amino-4-methylpentanoic acid


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