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Taurine 8

Volume 2: Nutrition and Metabolism, Protective Role, and Role in Reproduction, Development, and Differentiation

  • Abdeslem El Idrissi
  • William J. L'Amoreaux
  • Contains important and timely research on the role of Taurine in health and disease

  • Provides information on the role of Taurine in multiple organ systems as well as the immune system

  • Thorough total of 65 chapters across two volumes represent the best the field

Conference proceedings

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 776)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Taurine in Nutrition and Metabolism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Svend Høime Hansen, Niels Grunnet
      Pages 3-12
    3. Gaofeng Wu, Jiancheng Yang, Shumei Lin, Ying Feng, Qunhui Yang, Qiufeng Lv et al.
      Pages 21-28
    4. Andrey G. Taranukhin, Pirjo Saransaari, Simo S. Oja
      Pages 29-38
    5. Lea Hüche Larsen, Laura Kofoed Hvidsten Ørstrup, Svend Høime Hansen, Niels Grunnet, Bjørn Quistorff, Ole Hartvig Mortensen
      Pages 39-50
    6. Sanya Roysommuti, Atcharaporn Thaeomor, Sawita Khimsuksri, Wichaporn Lerdweeraphon, J. Michael Wyss
      Pages 67-80
    7. Michelle Desforges, Andrea Ditchfield, Chloe R. Hirst, Claire Pegorie, Kathryn Martyn-Smith, Colin P. Sibley et al.
      Pages 81-91
    8. Rafael L. Camargo, Thiago M. Batista, Rosane A. Ribeiro, Lício A. Velloso, Antônio C. Boschero, Everardo M. Carneiro
      Pages 93-103
    9. Jeong Soon You, Xu Zhao, Sung Hoon Kim, Kyung Ja Chang
      Pages 105-111
    10. Jeong Soon You, Ji Yeon Park, Xu Zhao, Jin Seok Jeong, Mi Ja Choi, Kyung Ja Chang
      Pages 113-120
    11. Thiago Martins Batista, Priscilla Muniz Ribeiro da Silva, Andressa Godoy Amaral, Rosane Aparecida Ribeiro, Antonio Carlos Boschero, Everardo Magalhães Carneiro
      Pages 129-139
    12. Kayoko Shimada, Yuko Azuma, Masaya Kawase, Toshiharu Takahashi, Stephen W. Schaffer, Kyoko Takahashi
      Pages 141-149
  3. Protective Role of Taurine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Stephen W. Schaffer, Chian Ju Jong, Danielle Warner, Takashi Ito, Junichi Azuma
      Pages 153-165
    3. Sun Hee Cheong, Sang Ho Moon, Seung Jae Lee, Sung Hoon Kim, Kyung Ja Chang
      Pages 167-177

About these proceedings


Taurine 8 represents the combined efforts of investigators on the roles of the amino acid taurine on human health and disease. The chapters covered in this book are directly derived from presentations of the contributors at the 18th International Taurine Meeting held in Marrakech, Morocco in April 2012. The purpose of this book is to disseminate current findings on taurine's contribution in several organ systems. This book covers the following topics: Taurine in Nutrition and Metabolism, the Protective Role of Taurine, and the Role of Taurine in Reproduction, Development, and Differentiation. Dr. Abdeslem El Idrissi, College of Staten Island and Dr. William L’Amoreaux, College of Staten Island,  were co-chairs of the Organizing Committee for the meeting.


Data presented at this meeting provided compelling evidence that taurine is not only cytoprotective in cardiomyocytes, but also is a potent GABA agonist, whereby it can facilitate vasodilation of conducting arteries. Taurine conjugates, such as taurine chloramine, may protect cells from oxidative stress via increased HO-1 expression. In adult rodents, taurine has a potent effect on plasma glucose levels, likely through the release of insulin in pancreatic beta cells. As a potential neurotransmitter, taurine is known to work via the GABAergic system, but current research presented at this meeting suggest that taurine may interact with glutamate and serotonin receptors as well. Data are also presented to demonstrate the protective roles of taurine on neurons in neuroblastoma. Perhaps the most important and exciting presentation is the role of taurine and alcohol: the combination may be lethal. Data are also presented at this meeting of the potential role taurine may have as an adjuvant treatment with cisplatin in chemotherapy.


Taurine anti-oxidants heart health inflammation inhibitory amino acids nutrition

Editors and affiliations

  • Abdeslem El Idrissi
    • 1
  • William J. L'Amoreaux
    • 2
  1. 1.City University of New York, Center for Developmental NeuroscienceCollege of Staten IslandStaten IslandUSA
  2. 2.City University of New York, Department of BiologyCollege of Staten IslandStaten IslandUSA

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