New York, USA – August 12, 2020 – As a global Contract Research Organization (CRO), BOC Sciences has served the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries for over a decade, and has provided an extensive catalog of amino acids, peptides and resins for laboratory and scientific applications. Recently, BOC Sciences announced that its amino acids subsite has been officially launched.
Amino acids are organic compounds composed of nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, and variable side chain groups, and play many key roles in the human body. They are necessary in the process of protein construction and the synthesis of hormones and neurotransmitters. The human body uses amino acids to make protein to help the body break down food, grow, repair body tissues, and perform many other body functions. Meanwhile, Amino acids can also be used as a source of energy for the body.
There are many ways to classify amino acids. According to different binding groups, amino acids can be divided into aliphatic amino acids, aromatic amino acids, heterocyclic amino acids, acyclic amino acids, basic amino acids, sulfur-containing amino acids, hydroxyl amino acids, iodine-containing amino acids, etc. According to the polarity of the side chain groups, amino acids can be divided into non-polar amino acids (hydrophobic amino acids) and polar amino acids (hydrophilic amino acids). Non-polar amino acids include alanine, valine, leucine, isoleucine, proline, phenylalanine, tryptophan, methionine. And polar amino acids include glycine, serine, threonine, cysteine, Tyrosine, Asparagine, Glutamine, Lysine, Arginine, Histidine, Aspartic acid, Glutamic acid. According to nutrition and human needs, amino acids are divided into essential amino acids, conditional amino acids and nonessential amino acids.
Applications of Amino Acids
Application of amino acids in the food industry
Amino acids are widely used in the food industry. Sodium glutamate is the first amino acid used by humans, and it is also the most widely used amino acid in the world with the largest sales volume. Glycine, alanine, proline, and aspartic acid have been found to have a flavoring effect and are used in the food industry. Glycine has the effects of inhibiting growth, chelating, buffering and inhibiting oxidation, so it can be used as a food additive, amino acid nutrient enhancer and preservative.
Application of amino acids in the pharmaceutical industry
Amino acids and their derivatives have anti-ulcer, anti-radiation, antibacterial, hypnotic, analgesic effects, and can be used as nutrients and metabolic modifiers. In an amino acid infusion composed of several or a dozen amino acids in a certain proportion, the amino acid content has developed from a low concentration of 3% to 12%, and even a high concentration of 16%. The type of amino acid infusion has evolved from a single nutrient solution to a special infusion solution for uremia and liver disease. The types of biologically active peptides such as hormones, antibiotics, and anticancer agents that use amino acids as raw materials are increasing. The industrially produced peptides include glutathione, gastrin, oxytocin, ACTH and calcitonin.
Application of amino acid in the feed additive industry
The role of amino acids in feed additives is to promote the growth and development of livestock, improve the meat quality and production capacity of livestock, and reduce costs. Methionine has the effect of promoting adrenaline synthesis of choline and anti-fatty liver. It is mainly used in chicken feed, but also in compound feed for pigs and cattle. According to reports, adding 0.01% methionine to chicken compound feed can save 2% to 3% protein feed. Feeding the laying hens with a compound feed containing 0.1%~0.2% methionine can significantly increase the egg weight and production, and prolong the laying period. Lysine has the functions of enhancing the appetite of livestock and poultry, improving disease resistance, and promoting the healing of trauma. Lysine is mainly used in pig feed, but also in poultry and calf feed.
Application of amino acids in the cosmetics industry
The structure of amino acids and their derivatives is similar to that of human skin, so they are easily absorbed by the skin and can delay skin aging. Surfactants and antibacterial agents made of amino acids and higher fatty acids have become highly effective additives and have been widely used. Arginine, glycine, phenylalanine, and polyaspartic acid can be used in hair conditioners, hair dyes, and permanent perms.
In addition to amino acid products, BOC Sciences also provides customized services including amino acid synthesis, chiral resolution of amino acids, stable isotope labeling of amino acids, and peptide synthesis.
For more information, please visit the website: https://aapep.bocsci.com.
About BOC Sciences
BOC Sciences has been closely involved with drug discovery, chemistry and life science by supplying a comprehensive collection of chemicals to researchers, such as inhibitors, metabolites, impurities and natural compounds. Meanwhile, it also provides a wide range of services through all stages of drug R&D to support the pharmaceutical industry, like custom synthesis of chemicals, isotope labeling, formulation service, antibody drug conjugates, chiral synthesis and resolution.