Fun with non-proteinogenic Amino Acids
There are some damn interesting Amino Acids out there; I'll list a few I find cool and I'll tell you why. Keep in mind I'm mostly brainstorming some stuff here because the boards have been too quite. If anyone wants to grab any of these things for a project... go for it. These are amino acids that aren't coded for in the human genome. Some may be used post translationally though.
Norvaline - Lots of articles talking about it's use in speeding up tissue repair and enhancing muscle growth. Haven't found related journal articles yet.
Ornithine - Decreases fatigue related to it's role in breaking down ammonia/urea etc.
Homocysteine - A nasty one... perhaps look into methods of inhibition and whatnot.
Sarcosine - Being researched as a med for depression and schizophrenia.
Isovaline - crazy new analgesic that doesn't cross the blood brain barrier, mimicks GABA, and was discovered in a freakin meteorite. It's probably the amino acid used in Tribbles is you dig that sort of thing.