Beta amino acids

  1. What is a beta amino acid and how would a beta amino acid look like?

    I know that the beta carbon is the second carbon from the functional group but which group would be where? Can I have an example of a beta amino acid?
     
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  3. Hootenanny

    Hootenanny 9,677
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    3-aminopropionic acid is an example of a beta amino acid, more commonly know as beta-alanine. As far as I know this is the only naturally occuring beta amino acid and is formed by the degredation of di-peptides.
     
  4. what is the structure formula for that example? How are the functional groups arranged in a beta amino acid?
     
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    Hope this helps.
     
  6. Oh now I get it! There can be another [tex]CH_2[/tex] group in the middle! It helped alot. Thank you.
     
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