canavanine


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can·a·van·ine

(kan'ă-van'īn),
2-amino-4-guanidinohydroxybutyric acid; an analogue of arginine found in certain legumes; used in studies of arginine-dependent systems; it is also a potent growth inhibitor.
[Canavalia + -ine]

canavanine

[kan′əvan′in]
an amino acid antagonist present in alfalfa sprouts in concentrations of about 15,000 ppm, or 1.5% by weight. Canavanine can displace arginine in cellular proteins, thereby rendering them inactive.

canavanine

(kă-năv′ă-nĭn)
An amino acid produced by some leguminous plants, such as the jack bean. It is used primarily for feeding stock. It is structurally related to l-arginine. It prevents the growth of some bacteria.

canavanine

toxic amino acid in Canavalia spp.