Taurine 2 pp 263-273 | Cite as

Modulation of Ca2+ and Na+ Transport by Taurine in Heart and Vascular Smooth Muscle

  • Ghassan Bkaily
  • George Haddad
  • Doris Jaalouk
  • Nadine Gros-Louis
  • Majda Taoudi Benchekroun
  • Radha Naik
  • Pierre Pothier
  • Pedro D’Orléans-Juste
  • Michel Bui
  • Shimin Wang
  • Nicholas Sperelakis
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 403)


Taurine has been reported to produce (i) a positive inotropic effect in heart muscle15, 20, (ii) beneficial effects against treatment of congestive heart failure1, and (iii) protective effects against Ca2+ overload27, 28. Compared to cardiac muscle, little is known on the action of taurine on vascular smooth muscle.


Heart Cell Positive Inotropic Effect Physiological Salt Solution Chick Heart Embryonic Chick Heart 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ghassan Bkaily
    • 1
  • George Haddad
    • 1
  • Doris Jaalouk
    • 1
  • Nadine Gros-Louis
    • 1
  • Majda Taoudi Benchekroun
    • 1
  • Radha Naik
    • 1
  • Pierre Pothier
    • 1
  • Pedro D’Orléans-Juste
    • 2
  • Michel Bui
    • 1
  • Shimin Wang
    • 1
  • Nicholas Sperelakis
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Faculty of Medicine, MRCC Group in immuno-cardiovascular interactionUniversité de SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada
  2. 2.Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, MRCC Group in immuno-cardiovascular interactionUniversité de SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada
  3. 3.Department of Physiology and BiophysicsCollege of Medicine, University of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA

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