L-Serine contains an α-amino group (which is in the protonated −NH+3 form under biological conditions), a carboxyl group (which is in the deprotonated –COO−form in physiological conditions), and a side chain consisting of a hydroxymethyl group (see hydroxyl), classifying it as a polar amino acid. It can be synthesized in the human body under normal physiological circumstances, making it a nonessential amino acid. Recent research has shown that L-serine and products of its metabolism are essential for cell proliferation and specific functions of the central nervous system. The findings of altered levels of serine and glycine in patients with psychiatric disorders underscore the importance of L-serine in brain development and function.
Used as biochemical reagents and food additives.
Package & Storage
Storage: dry, ventilative and cool place.