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Effect of Dietary Taurine on Lipid Metabolism in Normcholesterolemic and Hypercholesterolemic Stroke-Prone Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats

  • Hiroshi Ogawa
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 403)


It is well known that taurine plays an important role in conjugation of bile acids which are formed from cholesterol in the liver, suggesting that there is a close relationship between taurine and cholesterol metabolism. Kibe et al. 4 reported that taurine stimulates the activity of cholesterol 7α-hydroxylase, the rate-limiting enzyme of bile acid synthesis. Tsuji et al. 11 and Yamori et al. 12 reported that taurine shows a hypocholesterolemic effect in experimentally induced hypercholesterolemic animal models. These findings indicated a possibility that taurine is effective in diet-induced hypercholesterolemia.


Regular Diet Lipoprotein Fraction Hepatic Cholesterol Bile Acid Synthesis Hypocholesterolemic Effect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroshi Ogawa
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  1. 1.Department of HygieneKinki University School of MedicineOsaka-Sayama City, Osaka 589Japan

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