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Homework Help: Beta amino acids

  1. Feb 22, 2006 #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. Feb 22, 2006 #2

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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. Feb 22, 2006 #3
    what is the structure formula for that example? How are the functional groups arranged in a beta amino acid?
     
  5. Feb 22, 2006 #4

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    http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/structureimages/00/MFCD00008200.GIF [Broken]
    Hope this helps.
     
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  6. Feb 22, 2006 #5
    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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