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Taurine and Neural Cell Damage

Transport of Taurine in Adult and Developing Mice
  • Pirjo Saransaari
  • Simo S. Oja
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 403)


There is evidence that taurine protects neural cells from excitotoxicity induced by excitatory amino acids8, forestalls harmful metabolic cascades evoked by ischemia or hypoxia40, and attenuates Ca2+ influx during ischemia20. Taurine also ameliorates symptoms in epilepsy29. The mechanism of this neuroprotection is not known, but it may be related, in addition to neuromodulation38, to osmoregulatory, antioxidant and Ca2+ regulatory effects16.


Excitatory Amino Acid Ischemic Condition Taurine Release Amino Acid Release Synaptosomal Preparation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pirjo Saransaari
    • 1
  • Simo S. Oja
    • 2
  1. 1.Tampere Brain Research CenterUniversity of Tampere Medical SchoolTampereFinland
  2. 2.Department of Clinical PhysiologyTampere University HospitalTampereFinland

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