Phenylalanine is classified as a nonpolar amino acid because of the hydrophobic nature of its benzyl side chain. It promotes alertness and vitality, elevates mood, decreases pain, aids memory and learning, and is used to treat arthritis and depression. Phenylalanine is used by the brain to produce norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that transmits signals between nerve cells. Phenylalanine uses an active transport channel to cross the blood-brain barrier and, in large quantities, interferes with the production of serotonin, another neurotransmitter. Phenylalanine is part of the composition of aspartame, a common sweetener used in prepared foods as a sugar replacement. Phenylalanine plays a key role in the biosynthesis of other amino acids.
|Micromole per liter||µmol/L = mcmol/L = umol/L = µM/L = mcM/L = uM/L = micromol/L|
|Milligram per liter||mg/L = millig/L = milligram/L = mg/liter|
|Milligram per deciliter||mg/dL = millig/dL = milligram/dL|
|Milligram per 100 milliliters||mg/100mL = millig/100mL = milligram/100mL|
|Milligram percent||mg% = millig% = milligram%|
|Microgram per milliliter||µg/mL = mcg/mL = ug/mL= microg/mL = microgram/mL|
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