any of several isomers of a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble amino acid, CH3CH(NH2)COOH, found in many proteins and produced synthetically: used chiefly in biochemical research. Abbreviation: Ala; Symbol: A
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How to use alanine in a sentence
The team saw that when a virus with an alanine gets into lab-grown human lung cells, it makes more copies of itself than do versions that instead have threonine.One key change may have helped the coronavirus become a global menace | Erin Garcia de Jesús | August 10, 2021 | Science News For Students
Once a virus with an alanine gets into laboratory-grown human lung cells, it replicates more than versions with threonine, the team found.One mutation may have set the coronavirus up to become a global menace | Erin Garcia de Jesús | July 12, 2021 | Science News
British Dictionary definitions for alanine
a nonessential aliphatic amino acid that occurs in many proteins
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Scientific definitions for alanine
A nonessential amino acid. Chemical formula: C3H7NO2. See more at amino acid.
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