Synonyms: TAURINE;TURIN;2-amino-ethanesulfonicaci;2-sulfoethylamine;Aminoethanesulfonic acid;beta-Aminoethylsulfonic acid;Ethanesulfonic acid, 2-amino-;Ethanesulfonicacid,2-amino-
Chemical Properties White crystalline powder
Usage vitamin B1, enzyme cofactor
Usage Taurine is an organic acid found in animal tissues and is a major constituent of bile. Taurine has many biological roles such as conjugation of bile acids, antioxidation, osmoregulation, membrane stab ilization and modulation of calcium signaling.
General Description Large white crystals or white powder.
Air & Water Reactions Water soluble.
Reactivity Profile Taurine is an amino acid found in combination with bile acids [Hawley].
Health Hazard ACUTE/CHRONIC HAZARDS: Taurine evolves highly toxic fumes when heated to decomposition, and may cause irritation on contact.
Fire Hazard Flash point data are not available for Taurine, but Taurine is probably combustible.
Biological Activity One of the most abundant free amino acids in the brain. A partial agonist at the inhibitory glycine receptor.