What Is an Amino Acid Pool?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 25, 2020 10:32:17 AM ET

An amino acid pool is the collection of amino acids available in an organism's cells at a given time, based on the proteins and fats recently consumed by the organism. Both plants and animals have amino acid pools, which are replenished whenever the organisms take in nourishment. Amino acids are not stored in cells over long period periods of time, so the makeup of an amino acid pool shifts regularly.