Glutamic acid as anticancer agent: An overview

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Dutta, Satyajit ; Ray, Supratim ; Nagarajan, K. (2013)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
  • Journal: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal, volume 21, issue 4, pages 337-343 (issn: 1319-0164)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1016/j.jsps.2012.12.007
  • Subject: Review | Pharmaceutical Science | Pharmacology

The objective of the article is to highlight various roles of glutamic acid like endogenic anticancer agent, conjugates to anticancer agents, and derivatives of glutamic acid as possible anticancer agents. Besides these emphases are given especially for two endogenous derivatives of glutamic acid such as glutamine and glutamate. Glutamine is a derivative of glutamic acid and is formed in the body from glutamic acid and ammonia in an energy requiring reaction catalyzed by glutamine synthase. It also possesses anticancer activity. So the transportation and metabolism of glutamine are also discussed for better understanding the role of glutamic acid. Glutamates are the carboxylate anions and salts of glutamic acid. Here the roles of various enzymes required for the metabolism of glutamates are also discussed.
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