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Compound Summary for: CID 6305

Tryptophan

Also known as: L-tryptophan, (S)-Tryptophan, Tryptophane, L-Tryptophane, L-beta-3-Indolylalanine, trofan, tryptacin, 73-22-3
Molecular Formula: C11H12N2O2   Molecular Weight: 204.22518   InChIKey: QIVBCDIJIAJPQS-VIFPVBQESA-N
An essential amino acid that is necessary for normal growth in infants and for NITROGEN balance in adults. It is a precursor of INDOLE ALKALOIDS in plants. It is a precursor of SEROTONIN (hence its use as an antidepressant and sleep aid). It can be a precursor to NIACIN, albeit inefficiently, in mammals.   From: MeSH
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