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A glucogenic amino acid is an amino acid that can be converted into glucose through gluconeogenesis.[1][2] This is in contrast to the ketogenic amino acids that are converted into ketone bodies.

In humans, the glucogenic amino acids are - glycine, serine, valine, histidine, arginine, cysteine, proline, alanine, glutamate, glutamine, aspartate, asparagine and methionine, while threonine, isoleucine, phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan can be either glucogenic or ketogenic.

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  1. Brosnan J (2003). Interorgan amino acid transport and its regulation. J Nutr 133 (6 Suppl 1): 2068S-2072S.
  2. Young V, Ajami A (2001). Glutamine: the emperor or his clothes?. J Nutr 131 (9 Suppl): 2449S-59S; discussion 2486S-7S.

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Amino acids

Alanine | Arginine | Asparagine | Aspartic acid | Cysteine | Glutamic acid | Glutamine | Glycine | Histidine | Isoleucine | Leucine | Lysine | Methionine | Phenylalanine | Proline | Serine | Threonine | Tryptophan | Tyrosine | Valine
Essential amino acid | Protein | Peptide | Genetic code
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