Definition of tryptamine in English:


Line breaks: trypta|mine
Pronunciation: /ˈtrɪptəmɪn


[mass noun] Biochemistry
  • A compound, of which serotonin is a derivative, produced from tryptophan by decarboxylation.
    • A heterocyclic amine; chemical formula: C8H6NCH2CH2NH
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    • They suggested that elevations in serotonin and tryptamine were responsible for the clinical symptoms see with this syndrome.
    • The yucca phenotype derives from overexpression of a flavin monooxygenase like enzyme that oxidizes tryptamine to N-hydroxyl-tryptamine in vitro.
    • Studies of this FMO-like enzyme in yucca revealed that the enzyme most likely catalyzes the oxygenation of the compound tryptamine.

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