Amino acid nutrition across the placenta

Nutr Rev. 1992 Jan;50(1):13-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.1992.tb02455.x.


The placenta participates by metabolism, and not simply by transport to and from the fetus, in providing fetal needs for several amino acids, including leucine, glutamine, glutamate, serine, and glycine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acids / metabolism*
  • Animals
  • Biological Transport
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Maternal-Fetal Exchange*
  • Placenta / metabolism*
  • Pregnancy


  • Amino Acids