Increase in tissue cysteine level and excretion of sulfate and taurine after intragastric administration of l-2-oxothiazolidine-4-carboxylate in rats

S. Yamada, T. Abe, J. Ohta, N. Masuoka, T. Ubuka

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Abstract

Five mmol of l-2-oxothiazolidine-4-carboxylate (OTC)/kg of body weight was administered into the stomach of rats, and cysteine levels in tissues and sulfate and taurine excreted in the urine were determined. The cysteine (plus cystine expressed as cysteine) concentration in the liver increased to 170-200% of the original level at 30 min and that in the blood to 160% at 60 min after the OTC administration. These high levels were maintained until 8 h after the administration and decreased gradually thereafter. Excretion of sulfate and taurine increased after the OTC administration and the increase corresponded to 26% and 15%, respectively, of the OTC administered. These findings suggest that at least about 40% of the OTC administered into the stomach was taken up and converted to cysteine, which was metabolized to sulfate and taurine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-45
Number of pages9
JournalAmino Acids
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 1995

Keywords

  • Amino acids
  • Cysteine metabolism
  • Cysteine precursor
  • Sulfate
  • Taurine
  • l-2-Oxothiazolidine-4-carboxylate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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