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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]
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.
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.
toxic amino acid in Canavalia spp.