Taurine and Immune Function

Taurine, together with sulfate, can be regarded as biochemical end products of cysteine metabolism. However, it is apparent that taurine also plays a role in immune function. It is the most abundant free nitrogenous compound (often incorrectly classified as an amino acid) in cells. It is a membrane stabilizer and regulates calcium flux thereby controlling cell stability. It has been shown to possess anti-oxidant properties and to regulate the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines in hamsters,...