Reviews in animal nutrition conventionally and necessarily focus on the involvement of amino acids in protein synthesis and their impact on the production of meat, milk, wool and eggs. The nutritional classification is another traditional feature due to dietary requirements for specific amino acids. However, the unique physiological and biochemical functions of particular amino acids are equally critical. In this chapter, emphasis is placed on amino acids as multifunctional bioactive molecules. Their involvement in the processes of protein synthesis has been reviewed repeatedly elsewhere and will not be considered here.
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