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The Importance of Vitamin B4 – Adenine

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What is Vitamin B4 – Adenine?

By: Robert J Banach  Robert J Banach on Google+  | Sept. 2, 2013

Well, first off, Adenine is no longer considered a true vitamin, so it is no longer a part of the Vitamin B complex. The important thing to know is that it is still essential to your well-being, as Adenine binds with other chemical components in our RNA and DNA.

So, if it is not a vitamin, what is it?

Adenine is one of four chemical bases in DNA. Within the DNA molecule, adenine bases located on one strand form chemical bonds with thymine bases on the opposite strand. The sequence of four DNA bases encodes the cell’s genetic instructions.

A form of adenine called ATP serves as an energy storage molecule and is used to power many chemical reactions within the cell. The cellular respiration are metabolic reactions and processes that take place in the cells of organisms to convert biochemical energy from nutrients into ATP, one of the key ways a cell gains useful energy to fuel cellular activity.

Sources of Adenine

Adenine is biologically synthesized in our bodies.

Recommended Daily Intake

Not applicable.

Supplements

Not applicable.

Deficiency

Not applicable.

Of Interest

From an article from NASA, ‘NASA Researchers: DNA Building Blocks Can Be Made in Space’

NASA-funded researchers have evidence that some building blocks of DNA, the molecule that carries the genetic instructions for life, found in meteorites were likely created in space. The research gives support to the theory that a “kit” of ready-made parts created in space and delivered to Earth by meteorite and comet impacts assisted the origin of life.

The researchers have found adenine and guanine, they are part of the code that tells the cellular machinery which proteins to make, in meteorites.

References

Nature’s Pharmacy | Wikipedia |  National Human Genome Research Institute | NASA

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