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Can you tell me how i could convert the amino acid tyrosine to dopamine chemically ?

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Dr. Eric Weisman answered

Specializes in Neurology

tyrosine hydroxylase is the rate limiting enzyme needed for this conversion . It is found in many tissues especially nerve cells. It in turn is dependent on iron as a cofactor

Answered Jun 9, 2018

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Dr. Mark Fisher answered

Specializes in Neurology

Just eat some. Your body does it automatically. If you mean OUTSIDE the body - why would you want to? You don't really need to consume tyrosine to make dopamine, though; your body converts some of the phenylalanine you consume into all the tyrosine your body needs. Tyrosine is NOT an essential amino acid. If you consume tyrosine, all your body does is need less phenylalanine.

Answered May 12, 2016

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