A colorless amino acid, COOH(CH2)2CH(NH2)COOH.
One of the functions of glutamic acid is to increase the solubility of its
associated proteins by providing them with
one negative charge. It also helps in the removal of toxic ammonia
from the body. Its sodium salt (sodium glutamate) is used as a food flavoring.
See also glutamine.
| Glutamic acid molecule
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