Investigating the in vitro effect of taurine on the infant lymphocytes by sister chromatid exchange

Ergun M. A., Soysal Y., Kismet E., Akay C., Dundaroz R., Ilhan M. N., ...More

PEDIATRICS INTERNATIONAL, vol.48, no.3, pp.284-286, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 48 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1442-200x.2006.02205.x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.284-286
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: No


Taurine (2-aminoethane sulphonic acid) is normally present in most mammalian tissues and the most abundant free amino acid in lymphocytes. It participates in various important physiological activities including modulation of the functioning of the central nervous system, cell proliferation, viability and prevention of oxidant-induced injury in many tissues. Its levels in human milk are very high which may be the most important difference from cow's milk. In contrast, an inverse association between breast-feeding and carcinogenesis in childhood or later in life has been suggested by several studies.