dihydroxyphenylalanine


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di·hy·drox·y·phen·yl·al·a·nine

 (dī′hī-drŏk′sē-fĕn′əl-ăl′ə-nēn′, -fē′nəl-)
n.
Dopa.
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Noun1.dihydroxyphenylalanine - amino acid that is formed in the liver and converted into dopamine in the brain
amino acid, aminoalkanoic acid - organic compounds containing an amino group and a carboxylic acid group; "proteins are composed of various proportions of about 20 common amino acids"
Bendopa, Brocadopa, Larodopa, L-dopa, levodopa - the levorotatory form of dopa (trade names Bendopa and Brocadopa and Larodopa); as a drug it is used to treat Parkinson's disease
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The side chains, called dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA), have an affinity for iron.
It's been known for a number of years that a key ingredient of mussel glue is dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA).
2, TH) catalyzes the hydroxylation of tyrosine to 3,4 dihydroxyphenylalanine (L DOPA) with the oxidation of tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4), and is the rate limiting reaction in the synthesis of dopamine, a precursor molecule for epinephrine and norepinephrine (Nagatsu et al.