coenzyme A

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a coenzyme present in all living cells

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Among other things, coenzyme A helps amino acids hook together and aids in making peptides.
Moreover, the building blocks of coenzyme A "have been shown to be probable prebiotic compounds," the chemists observe.
The structure of coenzyme A was found to include that of pantothenic acid, one of the B vitamins.
Pantothenic acid is essential to life and must be present in our food, because the human body cannot form it within its own tissues, cannot form coenzyme A without it, and cannot run metabolic changes without coenzyme A.
Lipmann had demonstrated the existence of coenzyme A (see 1947) as the carrier of the acetyl group, which represented a crucial crossroad in metabolism.