Taurine 8

Volume 1: The Nervous System, Immune System, Diabetes and the Cardiovascular System

  • Abdeslem El Idrissi
  • William J. L'Amoreaux
Conference proceedings

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 775)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Taurine and Its Actions on the Nervous System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Shailesh P. Banerjee, Andre Ragnauth, Christopher Y. Chan, Mervan S. Agovic, Vincent Sostris, Iman Jashanmal et al.
      Pages 3-18
    3. Neeta Kumari, Howard Prentice, Jang-Yen Wu
      Pages 19-27
    4. Christopher Y. Chan, Herless S. Sun, Sanket M. Shah, Mervan S. Agovic, Ivana Ho, Eitan Friedman et al.
      Pages 45-52
    5. Zheng Jiang, Simon Bulley, Joseph Guzzone, Harris Ripps, Wen Shen
      Pages 53-68
    6. Nicolas Froger, Firas Jammoul, David Gaucher, Lucia Cadetti, Henri Lorach, Julie Degardin et al.
      Pages 69-83
    7. Matthew J. M. Rowan, Simon Bulley, Lauren A. Purpura, Harris Ripps, Wen Shen
      Pages 85-99
    8. Kizzy Vasquez, Salomon Kuizon, Mohammed Junaid, Abdeslem El Idrissi
      Pages 101-109
    9. Gaofeng Wu, Takashi Matsuwaki, Yoshinori Tanaka, Keitaro Yamanouchi, Jianmin Hu, Masugi Nishihara
      Pages 111-119
    10. Sawita Khimsuksri, J. Michael Wyss, Atcharaporn Thaeomor, Jarin Paphangkorakit, Dusit Jirakulsomchok, Sanya Roysommuti
      Pages 121-134
    11. Serge-George Rosolen, Nathalie Neveux, José-Alain Sahel, Serge Picaud, Nicolas Froger
      Pages 145-154
    12. Po-Chih Chen, Chunliu Pan, Payam M. Gharibani, Howard Prentice, Jang-Yen Wu
      Pages 167-175
    13. Allison Santora, Lorenz S. Neuwirth, William J. L’Amoreaux, Abdeslem El Idrissi
      Pages 177-185
    14. Chang Hui Shen, Eugene Lempert, Isma Butt, Lorenz S. Neuwirth, Xin Yan, Abdeslem El Idrissi
      Pages 187-194
  3. Taurine and the Immune System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Elisabetta Capuozzo, Laura Pecci, Alessia Baseggio Conrado, Mario Fontana
      Pages 227-236
    3. Hiromichi Sugiura, Shinya Okita, Toshihiro Kato, Toru Naka, Shosuke Kawanishi, Shiho Ohnishi et al.
      Pages 237-246
    4. Kyoung Soo Kim, Hyun-Mi Choi, Hye-In Ji, Chaekyun Kim, Jung Yeon Kim, Ran Song et al.
      Pages 247-257
    5. Janusz Marcinkiewicz, Magdalena Strus, Maria Walczewska, Agnieszka Machul, Diana Mikołajczyk
      Pages 269-283
  4. Taurine and Diabetes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
    2. Shumei Lin, Jiancheng Yang, Gaofeng Wu, Mei Liu, Qiufeng Lv, Qunhui Yang et al.
      Pages 287-297
    3. Christina M. Cuttitta, Sara R. Guariglia, Abdeslem El Idrissi, William J. L’Amoreaux
      Pages 299-310
    4. Sun Hee Cheong, Kyung Ja Chang
      Pages 311-320
    5. Elizabeth Mathew, Michael A. Barletta, Cesar A. Lau-Cam
      Pages 345-369
    6. Kashyap G. Pandya, Roshil Budhram, George Clark, Cesar A. Lau-Cam
      Pages 371-394
  5. Function of Taurine in the Cardiovascular System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 405-405
    2. Abdeslem El Idrissi, Evelyn Okeke, Xin Yan, Francoise Sidime, Lorenz S. Neuwirth
      Pages 407-425
    3. Ying Feng, Jitao Li, Jiancheng Yang, Qunhui Yang, Qiufeng Lv, Yongchao Gao et al.
      Pages 427-435
    4. Atcharaporn Thaeomor, J. Michael Wyss, Stephen W. Schaffer, Wiyada Punjaruk, Krissada Vijitjaroen, Sanya Roysommuti
      Pages 437-448
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 449-454

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 the Nervous System, Taurine in the Immune System, Taurine and Diabetes, and Taurine and the Cardiovascular System. 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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