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Human taurine metabolism: fluxes and fractional extraction rates of the gut, liver, and kidneys.
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PMID:  22304837     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Taurine is involved in numerous biological processes. However, taurine plasma level decreases in response to pathological conditions, suggesting an increased need. Knowledge on human taurine metabolism is scarce and only described by arterial-venous differences across a single organ. Here we present taurine organ fluxes using arterial-venous concentration differences combined with blood flow measurements across the 3 major organ systems involved in human taurine metabolism in patients undergoing hepatic surgery. In these patients, we collected blood from an arterial line, portal vein, hepatic vein, and renal vein, and determined blood flow of the hepatic artery, portal vein, and renal vein using Doppler ultrasound. Plasma taurine was determined by high-performance liquid chromatography, and net organ fluxes and fractional extraction rates were calculated. Seventeen patients were studied. No differences were found between taurine concentrations in arterial, portal venous, hepatic venous, and renal venous plasma. The only significant finding was a release of taurine by the portally drained viscera (P = .04). Our data show a net release of taurine by the gut. This probably is explained by the enterohepatic cycle of taurine. Future studies on human taurine metabolism are required to determine whether taurine is an essential aminosulfonic acid during pathological conditions and whether it should therefore be supplemented.
Mireille F M van Stijn; Mechteld A R Vermeulen; Michiel P C Siroen; Leanne N Wong; M Petrousjka van den Tol; Gerdien C Ligthart-Melis; Alexander P J Houdijk; Paul A M van Leeuwen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-2-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  Metabolism: clinical and experimental     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-8600     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
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Created Date:  2012-2-6     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0375267     Medline TA:  Metabolism     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Surgery, Medical Center Alkmaar, Wilhelminalaan 12, 1815 JD, Alkmaar, the Netherlands; Department of Surgery, VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, PO Box 7057, 1007 MB Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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