© 2003

Taurine 5

Beginning the 21st Century

  • John B. Lombardini
  • Stephen W. Schaffer
  • Junichi Azuma

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 526)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. A Voice From the Past: Where are the Cats?

  3. Cardiovascular and Renal Effects of Taurine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
    2. Keisuke Imada, Yu Hosokawa, Masaharu Terashima, Toshifumi Mitani, Yoshinori Tanigawa, Kazumi Nakano et al.
      Pages 5-15
    3. Hiroyasu Satoh
      Pages 17-23
    4. Tomoka Takatani, Kyoko Takahashi, Takashi Itoh, Koichi Takahashi, Mayo Hirata, Yasuhiro Yamamoto et al.
      Pages 25-31
    5. Takashi Itoh, Kyoko Takahashi, Yoko Yamauchi, Koichi Takahashi, Sato Ueyama, Stephen W. Schaffer et al.
      Pages 33-40
    6. R. B. Singh, K. Kartikey, A. S. Charu, M. A. Niaz, S. Schaffer
      Pages 41-48
    7. D. V. Michalk, B. Hoffmann, Th. Minor
      Pages 49-56
    8. Mahmood S. Mozaffari, Nisha Patel, Stephen W. Schaffer
      Pages 57-63
  4. Role of Taurine in Diabetes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Flavia Franconi, Stefano A. Santini, Nicolò Gentiloni Silveri, Salvatore Caputo, Bruno Giardina, Giovanni Ghirlanda Silveri et al.
      Pages 67-73
    3. Katherine B. Chauncey, Thomas E. Tenner Jr, John B. Lombardini, Betsy Goebel Jones, Michele L. Brooks, Ronald D. Warner et al.
      Pages 91-96
    4. Thomas E. Tenner Jr, Xin Jian Zhang, John B. Lombardini
      Pages 97-104
  5. Osmoregulatory Properties of Taurine and Taurine Transport

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. James E. Olson, Norman R. Kreisman, Jenny Lim, Beth Hoffman-Kuczynski, Dana Schelble, James Leasure
      Pages 107-114

About this book


The Taurine Symposium- "Taurine: Beginning the 21'' Century"- was held September 20-23, 2002, on the beautiful island of Kauai in Hawaii. The headquarters of the meeting was the Radisson Kauai Beach Resort. This international meeting was attending by approximately 80 individuals from 23 nations and 4 continents. Seventy-five papers were presented either as platform presentations or poster presentations. Taurine, first isolated from ox bile in 1827 by Tiedemann and Gmelin and named in 1838 by Demarcay, became of significant scientific interest in 1968 when the first extensive review article was published by Jacobsen and Smith. Interest in taurine grew exponentially after 1975 when the first taurine symposium was organized by Ryan Huxtable in Tucson, Arizona. Since that date, taurine symposia have been held approximately every two years held in various cities and resort areas around the world. Taurine investigators have had the privilege of attending these scientific meetings on three continents - Asia, Europe, and North America. Since the initial meeting in 1975, a central question addressed during many of the symposia has been: "What is physiological, pharmacological, nutritional, and pathological role of taurine?". Although taurine has been established as an important osmolyte, it appears to affect many other biological processes. However, the exact mechanism(s) by "which taurine acts" has not yet been definitively answered. In Kauai, the patticipants discussed many topics and asked many questions regarding the role and actions of taurine.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John B. Lombardini
    • 1
  • Stephen W. Schaffer
    • 2
  • Junichi Azuma
    • 3
  1. 1.Health Sciences CenterTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA
  2. 2.School of MedicineUniversity of South AlabamaMobileUSA
  3. 3.Osaka UniversityOsakaJapan

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Taurine 5
  • Book Subtitle Beginning the 21st Century
  • Editors John B. Lombardini
    Stephen W. Schaffer
    Junichi Azuma
  • Series Title Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-47769-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4613-4913-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4615-0077-3
  • Series ISSN 0065-2598
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXX, 573
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Biochemistry, general
    Human Physiology
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