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Taurine and the premature.
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PMID:  3327536     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In the human fetus and in the early postnatal period, during development, the total body taurine content, particularly of the brain, increases markedly. It can be estimated that the human fetus accumulates approximately 50-60 mumol/24 h during the last 4 weeks of pregnancy. As there is evidence for the relative inability of infants to synthesize taurine, this nitrogen compound has to be wholly supplied by the mother during pregnancy and by diet after birth, particularly for the prematures who have to constitute appreciable reserves in their tissues. In adults (mammals and humans), it has been shown that the slowly exchangeable pool of taurine (mainly brain and muscles) cannot be increased by exogenous taurine but, in growing mammals, taurine from diet is rapidly transferred to tissues. Although no real proof yet exists, it seems probable that taurine should be considered an essential nutrient for premature infants.
J Ghisolfi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biology of the neonate     Volume:  52 Suppl 1     ISSN:  0006-3126     ISO Abbreviation:  Biol. Neonate     Publication Date:  1987  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-05-10     Completed Date:  1988-05-10     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0247551     Medline TA:  Biol Neonate     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  78-86     Citation Subset:  IM    
Service de Médecine Infantile D, CHR Purpan, Toulouse, France.
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MeSH Terms
Fetus / analysis
Infant Food / analysis
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature / metabolism*
Milk, Human / analysis
Taurine / analysis,  physiology*
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