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The Functions of Amino Acids in the Human Body

1. Classify six kinds of amino acids according to the functions that they serve in the human body, stating an example for each class.

2. A middle-aged man has been diagnosed as being at high-risk of developing Coronary Artery Disease.
- State the chemical composition of the sterol that is present in high levels in most people who belong to the high-risk group.
- Distinguish between the 'good' and 'bad' forms of this sterol.
- Explain the function of the good form of this sterol in the body.
- List the food groups that are the sources of the bad form.

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1. Classify six kinds of amino acids according to the functions that they serve in the human body, stating an example for each class.

Answer: The six classifications of amino acids according to functions are:

Neurotransmitters - Some amino acids act as neurotransmitters in the body, which influence the mood and behavior of a person.

Protein Synthesizers - Some amino acids plays a role in synthesizing different kinds of proteins like enzymes and hormones in the body.

Energy sources - Some amino acids are oxidized to urea and carbon dioxide to provide energy to the body.

Polyamines - Polyamines are composed of two or more amino groups, and they function as modulators to different ion channels such as NMDA and AMPA ...

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This solution defines the six classifications of amino acids according to functions and the effects of cholesterol in the human system in 394 words.

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