In the liver, glutamine releases ammonium ions via glutamate dehydrogenase, which are shunted into the urea cycle. Lecturio is using cookies to improve your user experience. Glutamate, as will be seen below, is a scavenger of ammonia. Rearrangement, catalyzed by isopropylmalate dehydratase, gives rise to β-isopropylmalate. Conversion of dopamine to norepinephrine (Figure 6.157) requires vitamin C. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, being released by one nerve cell and then traveling across a synapse to signal an adjacent nerve cell. Glutamate (or glutamic acid) is essential for nitrogen transport to the kidneys and liver. Urea is produced as part of the series of reactions that comprise the urea cycle. Amino acids that cannot be made by an organism must be in the diet and are called essential amino acids. The enzyme is inhibited by its own product (isoleucine) and activated by valine, a product of a parallel pathway. Normal cellular urea concentrations should be similar. 2. Additional ammonia can be taken up by glutamate in the glutamine synthetase reaction. The urea cycle is controlled both allosterically and by substrate concentration. N.B. Schematic diagram of the urea cycle (feeder reaction outlined in the blue square). In animals, it acts as a hormone for circadian rhythm synchronization, signaling the onset of darkness each day. Tyrosine is also important in the small subunit of class I ribonucleotide reductases where it forms a stable radical in the catalytic action of the enzyme (see HERE). The Medical Biochemistry site provides a wider perspective on amino acid metabolism and nitrogen metabolism and the urea cycle. Auxins are crucial for establishing root primordia as well as for elongation of root hairs. Organisms that cannot easily and quickly remove ammonia usually have to convert it to some other substance, like urea or uric acid, which are much less toxic. 5 - 2,3,4,5-tetrahydropyridine-2,6-dicarboxylate N-succinyltransferase The last means of making arginine is by reversing the methylation of asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA - Figure 6.140). The essential features of the urea cycle reactions and their metabolic regulation are as follows: Arginine from the diet or from protein breakdown is cleaved by the cytosolic enzyme arginase, generating urea and ornithine. ), 2015 A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research in partial fulfillment of the … Glutamate and glutamine play central roles in transamination, each containing one more amine group than α-ketoglutarate and glutamate, respectively. The branch occurs at chorismic acid where the enzyme chorismate mutase catalyzes a molecular rearrangement to produce prephenate. Citrate and isocitrate, for example, can be thought of as precursors of glutamate. Combinations of iodinated tyrosines give rise to thyroxine and triiodothyronine. Besides being used to make proteins, lysine is important for calcium absorption, recovery from injuries, and for production of hormones. It includes the amino acids glutamic acid, glutamine, proline, and arginine. Varying day/night lengths during the year alter melatonin production and provide biological signals of the seasons. As a result, histidine’s R-group can gain/lose a proton at pH values close to cellular conditions. Rearrangement and reduction by acetohydroxy acid isomeroreductase and NAD(P)H yields α,β-dihydroxy-β-methylvalerate. At the substrate level, all of the other enzymes of the urea cycle are controlled by the concentrations of substrates they act upon. In this case, the precursor is aspartate and the amine donor is glutamine (catalyzed by asparagine synthetase). Schematic diagram of the essential role of alanine in the transport of nitrogen from muscular tissue to the liver before its introduction into the urea cycle. From an energy perspective, the urea cycle can be said to break even or generate a small amount of energy, if one includes the energy produced in releasing ammonia from glutamate (one NADH). Slowing translation due to low tryptophan levels allows a transcription termination mechanism to be inhibited. Through transcriptional downregulation of CPS1, OTC and ARG1, p53 suppresses ureagenesis and elimination of ammonia in vitro and in vivo, leading to the inhibition of tumour growth. Breakdown of isoleucine yields intermediates that are both ketogenic and glucogenic. In cells, nitrogen is a nutrient that moves from one molecule to another in a sort of hand-off process. It increases alertness, enhances memory functions, and helps to focus attention. Have questions or comments? Proton attack on prephenate results in loss of water and carbon dioxide to yield phenylpyruvate. Serotonin plays a role in cognitive functions and enhances memory and learning. Oxidation and polymerization of tyrosine is involved in synthesis of the family of melanin pigments. Since translation only slows when tryptophan is in short supply, premature termination of transcription occurs when tryptophan is abundant (see also HERE). One source is the metabolism of the other sulfur-containing amino acid, methionine. The specifics of the process of translation will be described elsewhere in the book, but to get selenocysteine into a protein, the tRNA carrying selenocysteine pairs with a stop codon (UGA) in the mRNA in the ribosome. The first is formation of carbamoyl phosphate from bicarbonate, ammonia, and ATP catalyzed by carbamoyl phosphate synthetase I. Carbamoyl phosphate then combines with ornithine in a reaction catalyzed by ornithine transcarbamoylase to make citrulline. Though the substrates are slightly different, they are enough like the valine intermediates that they are recognized as substrates. Metabolism of all three amino acids starts with decarboxylation of pyruvate and attachment of the two-carbon hydroxyethyl fragment to thiamine pyrophosphate (Figure 6.161), as noted above. One starting point is the glycolysis intermediate, 3-phosphoglycerate, (3-PG) in a reaction catalyzed by 3-PG dehydrogenase. Resulting glutamate can be used to release ammonia via deamination OR convert oxaloacetate into aspartate via transamination; both products are shunted into the urea cycle. Niacin is also known as Vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid. In this mechanism, low levels of tryptophan slow ribosomal movement (and translation) through the operon. This alternative reading of the UGA is dependent on formation of a special hairpin loop structure in the mRNA encoding selenoproteins. It is chemically similar to epinephrine, differing only in the absence of a methyl group on its amine. Further, aspartate can be produced by reversal of a reaction in the urea cycle (see HERE). Other brain dopamine pathways are involved in motor control and in managing the release of various hormones. Overall, the urea cycle requires three ATP molecules and the cleavage of 4 energy-rich bonds. In contrast to some of the metabolic pathways described to this point, amino acid metabolism is not a single pathway. The citrulline is transported out to the cytoplasm by the ornithine-citrulline antiport mentioned above. Ornithine metabolism is coupled to oxidative phosphorylation in isolated rat liver mitochndria. Ornithine is transported back into the mitochondrial matrix → step 2. They are methionine, isoleucine, threonine, and lysine. Transamination of α-ketoisovalerate catalyzed by valine isoleucine aminotransferase gives valine. Breakdown of threonine produces acetyl-CoA and glycine. The concentration of N-acetylglutamate increases proportionate to the concentrations of glutamate and acetyl-CoA. The enzyme that catalyzes synthesis of NAG, NAG synthetase, is activated by arginine and glutamate. This unusual tRNA can pair with the UAG stop codon during translation and allow for incorporation of pyrrolysine into the growing polypeptide chain during translation in a manner similar to incorporation of selenocysteine. 9 = Histidinol-phosphate phosphatase Liver failure can lead to accumulation of nitrogenous waste and exacerbates the problem. Transamination of it (catalyzed by leucine aminotransferase and using glutamate) gives the final product of leucine (top of next column). AICAR = 5′-phosphoribosyl-4-carboximide-5-aminoimidazole The urea cycle holds the distinction of being the first metabolic cycle discovered - in 1932, five years before the citric acid cycle. Forms in peripheral cells by transamination to an α-ketoglutarate, Can receive another amino group via glutamine synthetase → glutamine. Bacteria, mitochondria, and chloroplasts use a modified form of methionine, N-formyl-methionine (Figure 6.142), as the first amino acid incorporated into their proteins. This review emphasizes recent information regarding roles and regulation of urea cycle and arginine metabolic enzymes in liver and other cell types. Further, glutamate is, itself, an important neurotransmitter and a precursor of another neurotransmitter - γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Because oxaloacetate can be produced from aspartate, aspartate is an important intermediate for gluconeogenesis when proteins are the energy source. Thus, leucine levels in the cell control the synthesis of enzymes necessary to make it. 6 = Imidazole glycerol-phosphate synthase (IGPS) Nitrogen, Nitrogen Cycle and Excretion of Nitrogen, Carbamoyl Phosphate Synthetase Reaction and Citrulline. D-serine is being studied as a schizophrenia treatment in rodents and as a possible biomarker for Alzheimers. NCLEX®, NCLEX-RN®, and NCLEX-PN® are registered trademarks of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc (NCSBN®). The entire textbook is available for free from the authors at http://biochem.science.oregonstate.edu/content/biochemistry-free-and-easy. This pathway may be particularly important in the brain. Regulation of the Urea Cycle. This, in turn, causes transcription of the genes of the leucine operon to terminate prematurely, thus stopping production of the enzymes necessary to make leucine. Serine is a non-essential amino acid synthesized from several sources. To designate amino acid families in the text we will use a blue font for headings to distinguish them. Proteins containing it are enzymes involved in methane metabolism and so far have been found only methanogenic archaeans and one species of bacterium. A eukaryotic protein known as selenoprotein P, found in the blood plasma of animals, contains ten selenocysteine residues and is thought to function as an antioxidant and/or in heavy metal detoxification. Serum levels depend predominately on the balance between urea's synthesis in the liver and its elimination by the kidney. Others simply categorize it as non-essential. Metabolism of isoleucine proceeds with attachment to α-ketobutyrate of the hydroxyethyl-TPP product of pyruvate decarboxylation to form α-aceto-α-hydroxybutyrate. One is converted to (3R)-3-Methyl-D-ornithine, which is attached to the second lysine. The rate limiting steps of urea cycle are 1, 2, & 5. The urea cycle is a compartmentalized cycle, with reactions occurring in both the cytoplasm and the mitochondrion. The rate-limiting step in urea synthesis is the 1st reaction of the urea cycle, which is catalyzed by the carbamoyl phosphate synthetase 1. Ammonia, of course, is generated by metabolism of amines and is toxic, so managing levels of it is critical for any organism. Serine can also be derived from glycine and vice versa. ProFAR = (N′-[(5′-phosphoribosyl)formimino]-5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide) ribonucleotide 1. In the path to make proline, spontaneous cyclization results in formation of 1-pyrroline-5-carboxylic acid (Figure 6.138). They activate proteins, such as expansins and various enzymes that modify the structure of cell wall components, to loosen the cell walls of a plant and stimulate elongation of cells. Histidine is the only amino acid to contain an imidazole ring. In the kidneys, glutaminase deaminates glutamine, releasing ammonium ions into the urine. Resulting pyruvate is used in gluconeogenesis → glucose, which is released into the bloodstream and used again in skeletal muscle (glucose-alanine or Cahill cycle). Alternative pathways for synthesis of alanine include catabolism of valine, leucine, and isoleucine. The LibreTexts libraries are Powered by MindTouch® and are supported by the Department of Education Open Textbook Pilot Project, the UC Davis Office of the Provost, the UC Davis Library, the California State University Affordable Learning Solutions Program, and Merlot. Like valine and isoleucine, leucine is an essential amino acid in humans. When nitrogen levels are high, pyruvate is transaminated to alanine, which is exported to hepatocytes. Urea is produced by the liver , and then is transport ed in the blood to the kidneys f or ex cretion in the urine. Synthesis of isoeleucine (an essential amino acid in humans) begins in plants and microorganisms with pyruvate and α-ketobutyrate (a byproduct of threonine metabolism - threonine deaminase - Figure 6.162). Melatonin is a compound made from tryptophan that is found in a wide spectrum of biological systems, including plants, animals, fungi, and bacteria. The first two steps in the cycle take place in the mitochondrial matrix and the rest of the steps take place in the cytosol. Ornithine is the first member of the reaction, it is also called as Ornithine cycle. 6. A diet that is primarily composed of grains like corn can lead to niacin deficiency, because the niacin in these sources is not readily bioavailable. Legal. Urea is made in the liver and excreted in urine. LONG TERM REGULATION. It is the only amino acid to stimulate muscle protein synthesis, and as a dietary supplement in aged rats, it slows muscle degradation. The urea cycle is the first metabolic pathway to be elucidated. • The carbon and oxyg en of urea are derived fr om CO 2. Synthesis of histidine literally occurs in a class by itself - there are no other amino acids in its synthesis family. It can also be produced by the enzyme glutamate dehydrogenase, which catalyzes the reaction below (in reverse) to make glutamate. Other physical effects may include shakiness, increased anxiety, and an abnormal heart rhythm. In the presence of an activator protein N-acetyl glutamate, CPS-1 is active. The most important AAs in nitrogen transport are. Because of this, newborns are routinely tested for PKU. The cycle requires N-acetylglutamate (NAG) for allosteric activation of carbamoyl phosphate synthetase I. Removal of ammonia is good, but reduction of α-ketoglutarate concentration means less energy can be generated by the citric acid cycle. In this method, accumulation of leucine speeds the process of translation of a portion of the mRNA copy of the leucine operon (coding sequences for enzymes necessary to make leucine). Tyrosine is a precursor of catecholamines, such as L-dopa, dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine (Figure 6.157). With the exception of the blood vessels, dopamine is synthesized locally and exerts its effects near the cells that release it. Synthesis of the amino acid biologically begins with two lysines. 8. Regulation of the urea cycle enzyme genes in nitric oxide synthesis. Glutamate is a neurotransmitter, so having an alternative way of removing amines (glucose-alanine cycle) is important, especially in the brain. The series of reactions that form urea is known as the Urea Cycle (Ornithine Cylce) or the Krebs-Henseleit Cycle. These reactions are shown below. When located in membranes, these enzymes are referred to as receptor tyrosine kinases and they play important roles in controlling cellular behavior/response. Isoleucine has a second asymmetric center within it, but only one isomeric form of the four possible ones from the two centers is found biologically. They include histidine, tryptophan, carbamoyl phosphate, glucosamine-6-phosphate, CTP, and AMP. Fumarate either enters the CAC or transforms into oxaloacetate, which can be turned into aspartate and re-enter the urea cycle (aspartate cycle). In the kidneys, it increases sodium excretion and urine output. These are subsequently cleaved from the protein and released into the bloodstream. Serine in proteins can be the target of glycosylation or phosphorylation. Regulation of the Urea Cycle. Schematic diagram of the essential role of glutamate (glutamic acid) in the transport of nitrogen from the peripheral sites of breakdown of amino acids to the liver and kidney for excretion from the body. Iodothyronine deiodinase, a key enzyme that converts thyroxine to the active T3 form, also contains selenocysteine in its active site. No codon specifies selenocysteine, so to incorporate it into a protein, a tRNA carrying it must bind to a codon that normally specifies STOP (UGA). It is derived from H2Se, the form in which selenium is found in the cell. In contrast to amino acids such as phosphoserine, hydroxyproline, or acetyl-lysine, which arise as a result of post-translational modifications, selenocysteine is actually built into growing peptide chains in ribosomes during the process of translation. Dopamine is synthesized in the brain and kidneys. Melatonin is a potent anti-oxidant and provides protective functions for nucleic acids. 7. Congenital deficiencies of the urea cycle, Acquired conditions that affect the urea cycle. 3 = Phosphoribosyl-ATP pyrophospohydrolase It can also be controlled by covalent modification by adenylylation of a tyrosine residue in the enzyme (Figure 6.137). When considering any biochemical pathway it is always important to balance the system, and while the urea cycle is usually described in textbooks as a pathway of nitrogen metabolism such descriptions ignore the fate of the carbon skeletons of the amino acids. The result of these reactions is that α-ketoglutarate and glutamate concentrations will be reduced and the concentration of glutamine will increase. SAM is a methyl donor for methyl transfer reactions and that is the next step in the pathway - donation of a methyl group (catalyzed by transmethylase). The sel B gene encodes for an EF-Tu-like protein that helps incorporate the selenocysteine into the protein during translation. Urea is filtered via the glomerular capillaries and partially reabsorbed (can be measured in the laboratory). Though the cycle doesn’t really have a starting point, a common place to begin discussion is with the molecule of ornithine. USMLE Step 1 | USMLE Step 2 | COMLEX Level 1 | COMLEX Level 2 | ENARM | NEET. Selenium is rather toxic, so cellular and dietary concentrations are typically exceedingly low. It is also called the glutamate family, since all the amino acids in it derive from glutamate. 8 = Histidinol-phosphate aminotransferase Nitrogen atoms reach the liver in the form of amino groups bound to AAs (alanine or glutamate). Reduction with NAD(P)H by acetohydroxy acid isomeroreductase yields α,β-dihydroxyisovalerate. Glucagon, insulin, and glucocorticoids are major regulators of the expression of urea cycle enzymes in liver. Epinephrine is the drug of choice for treating anaphylaxis. The phosphate is then removed by phosphoserine phosphatase, to make serine. [ "article:topic", "authorname:ahern2", "urea cycle", "showtoc:no", "license:ccbyncsa" ], https://bio.libretexts.org/@app/auth/3/login?returnto=https%3A%2F%2Fbio.libretexts.org%2FBookshelves%2FBiochemistry%2FBook%253A_Biochemistry_Free_For_All_(Ahern_Rajagopal_and_Tan)%2F06%253A_Metabolism%2F6.05%253A_Amino_Acids_and_the_Urea_Cycle, Kevin Ahern, Indira Rajagopal, & Taralyn Tan, http://biochem.science.oregonstate.edu/content/biochemistry-free-and-easy. In the matrix of the mitochondrion, two reactions occur relevant to the cycle. Excess nitrogen in the form of ammonium is then bonded to AAs via transamination reactions and transported to the liver and kidneys. Action of sel A and sel D are necessary to convert the serine to a selenocysteine. Students: Educators’ Pro Tips for Tough Topics, Institutions: Ensure Medical Teaching Continuity, The catabolism of amino acids (AAs) involves transamination and deamination reactions, which result in the release of ammonia (NH. Continual functioning of urea cycle enzymes would result in a need for a continuous source of exogenous or endogenous amino acids, if it were the only method of urea cycle controLZ5 Because enzyme activity is constant, It has effects on the timing of sleep, seasonal effects, and can affect blood pressure, among other physiological phenomena. This family of amino acids arises from α-ketoglutarate of the citric acid cycle. 10 = Histidinol dehydrogenase, 1 - PRPP = Phosphoribosyl Pyrophosphate This begins with formation of S-Adenosyl-Methionine (SAM), catalyzed by methionine adenosyltransferase. Melatonin is present in cherries, bananas, grapes, rice, cereals, olive oil, wine, and beer. Unless otherwise noted, LibreTexts content is licensed by CC BY-NC-SA 3.0. To protect against this, some computer programs are available that reduce the screen’s blue light output in the evenings. Phenylalanine is a component of the artificial sweetener known as aspartame (Nutrasweet - Figure 6.154) and is consequently dangerous for people suffering from this disorder. In this reaction, a methyl group is transferred to homocysteine from glycine betaine to make the methionine. In the first step of the Krebs-Henseleit cycle, ammonia produced in the mitochondria is converted to carbamoyl phosphate by an enzyme called carbamoyl phosphate synthetase I. The result of liver failure is accumulation of nitrogenous waste, mainly ammonia, which leads to hepatic encephalopathy. About 25 human proteins are known to contain the amino acid. Involves 1 feeder reaction and 4 cycle reactions, and requires 3, In the mitochondria, catalyzed by carbamoyl phosphate synthetase, requires N-acetylglutamate as an activator and 2, In the mitochondria, catalyzed by ornithine carbamoyltransferase, In the cytosol, catalyzed by argininosuccinate synthetase, requires 1 ATP, In the cytosol, catalyzed by argininosuccinate lyase. Enzymes involved include 1) tyrosine transaminase; 2) p-hydroxylphenylpyruvate dioxygenase; 3) homogentisate dioxygenase; 4) maleylacetoacetate cis-trans-isomerase; and 5) 4-fumaryl acetoacetate hydrolase. Hydroxylation of lysine is important for strengthening collagen and acetylation/methylation of lysine in histone proteins play roles in control of gene expression and epigenetics. Physiological effects of epinephrine may include rapid heart beat, increased blood pressure, heart output, pupil dilation, blood sugar concentration and increased sweating. Glucose can then be made by gluconeogenesis from pyruvate. Adopted a LibreTexts for your class? Phenylalanine is linked to the genetic disease phenylketonuria (PKU) which arises from an inability to metabolize the amino acid in people lacking (or deficient in) the enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase. This molecule is a branch point for synthesis of leucine and valine. 5 Threonine synthase. Oral lysine has been used as a treatment for herpes infections (cold sores) but its efficacy is not established and it is not clear by what mechanism is would reduce the duration of the infection or reduce the number of outbreaks of viral infection.. Alanine is the amino acid that is most easily produced from pyruvate. All of these proteins contain a single selenocysteine. CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF UREA CYCLE. The last pairs of molecules are essential as electron acceptors/carriers for most cellular oxidation-reduction reactions. Norepinephrine (also called noradrenalin) is a catecholamine molecule that acts as a hormone and neurotransmitter. In discussing amino acid metabolism, we will group metabolic pathways according to common metabolic features they possess (where possible). Allosteric binding of N-acetylglutamate activates the enzyme. Aspartate is also a precursor to four amino acids that are essential in humans. Metabolism of isoleucine proceeds with attachment of the hydroxylated two carbon piece (hydroxyethyl-TPP) to α-ketobutyrate and is covered in the section describing that amino acid (see HERE). It is an important metabolic pathway for balancing nitrogen in the bodies of animals and it takes place primarily in the liver and kidney. Regulation of these enzymes is largely transcriptional in virtually all cell types. Blood platelets store serotonin and release it when they bind to a clot, causing vasoconstriction. Metabolism of valine and leucine proceeds with attachment of the hydroxyethyl piece from TPP to another pyruvate to create α-acetolactate. The urea cycle operates only to eliminate excess nitrogen. It is ionizable and has a pKa of about 6. Rewards, such as food or social interaction, increase dopamine levels in the brain, as do addictive drugs. The reaction is catalyzed by acetolactate synthase. The primary function of norepinephrine is to prepare the body for action. All rights reserved. This, in turn, is reduced to form proline by pyrroline-5-carboxylate reductase. A serine in the active site of acetylcholinesterases is the target of nerve gases and insecticides. Humans, for example, cannot make 9 of the 20 amino acids needed to make proteins, and the number of these that can be synthesized in needed amounts varies between adults and children. Because it is a byproduct of a citric acid cycle intermediate, glutamate can therefore trace its roots to any of the intermediates of the cycle. Outside the nervous system, dopamine is a local chemical messenger. 5 - Cystathionine-γ-synthase In the figure, PA and PD are regulatory proteins facilitating conversion of the enzyme. 9. α-KG = α-ketoglutarate. the urea cycle functions simply to dispose of the accom-panying nitrogen. The overall chemical reaction by which ammonia is converted to urea is 2 NH 3 (ammonia) + CO 2 + 3 ATP + H 2 O → H 2 N-CO-NH 2 (urea) + 2 ADP + 4 P i + AMP. Fortunately, there is a mechanism to ensure that the reading of a UGA codon as selenocysteine occurs only when the mRNA encodes a selenoprotein. Tyrosine is involved in the synthesis of at least two types - eumelanin and pheomelanin (Figure 6.159). Non-essential amino acids are those an organism can make in sufficient quantities (Figure 6.135). Thus, when valine concentration is high, the balances shifts in favor of production of isoleucine and since isoleucine competes with valine and leucine for hydroxyethyl-TPP, synthesis of these two amino acids goes down. Metabolism of aspartic acid is similar to that of glutamate. Dopamine plays a major role in the brain’s reward-mediated behavior. 4 Homoserine kinase Though 3 ATPs are utilized, the ultimate cost of making a molecule of urea is 4 ATPs (one ATP is converted into AMP). It is also important to recognize that organisms differ considerably in the amino acids that they can synthesize. The reaction is catalyzed by argininosuccinate synthase. Complete deficiency of any urea cycle enzyme is fatal at birth, but mutations resulting in reduced expression of enzymes can have mixed effects. Those that excrete uric acid (birds, for example) are called uricotelic and those that excrete ammonia (fish) are ammonotelic. The compound may be given through inhalation, by intravenous injection, or subcutaneous injection and exerts effects through the α- and β-adrenergic receptors. D-serine is the second D-amino acid known to function in humans. This 5 step pathway leading to ornithing is illustrated at the top of the next page (enzymes in blue). 9 - Diaminopimelate decarboxylase. The urea cycle converts highly toxic ammonia to urea for excretion. The amine group of alanine is transferred to α-ketoglutarate to produce pyruvate and glutamate. 4 - Homoserine O-transsuccinylase In the cytoplasm, citrulline combines with L-aspartate using energy of ATP to make citrullyl-AMP (an intermediate) followed by argininosuccinate. These include 1) selenomethionine (Figure 6.164), a naturally occurring amino acid in Brazil nuts, cereal grains, soybeans, and grassland legumes and 2) methylated forms of selenocysteine, such as Se-methylselenocysteine, are found in Astragalus, Allium, and Brassica species. 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