Leucine: Biology, Consumption and Benefits


Sophia R. Newman (Editor)

Series: Biochemistry Research Trends
BISAC: SCI007000

Leucine is a branched-chain essential amino acid. It accounts for approximately one-fifth of the requirements for essential amino acids. Leucine facilitates insulin-stimulated glucose uptake and insulin signaling in skeletal muscle cells. This book includes chapters on the physiological roles of leucine and the effects of leucine supplementation; the syntheses, properties and applications of the main leucine containing polymers and materials made of them that up to now have been studied; and the effects of hydroxy- beta methylbutyrate (HMB) and alpha-ketoisocaproate (KIC), which are metabolites of leucine on muscle function and sports performance based on recent findings. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Physiological Roles of Leucine and Effects of Leucine Supplementation
(Tzi Bun Ng and Charlene Cheuk Wing Ng, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, New Territories, Hong Kong, China)

Leucine Based Polymers: Synthesis and Applications
(Ramaz Katsarava, Institute of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Agricultural University of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia and Jordi Puggali, Departament d’Enginyeria Química, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain)

An Overview on Leucine Metabolites Alpha-Ketoisocaproate (KIC) and Beta-Hydroxi-Beta-Methyl Butyrate (HMB) in Skeletal Muscle Function and Sports Performance
(Lucas Guimarães-Ferreira, Jason Cholewa, Isadora Clivatti Furigo, João Alfredo Bolivar Pedroso, Nelo Eidy Zanchi, Center of Physical Education and Sports, Federal University of Espirito Santo, Vitoria, Brazil, and others)


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