Immunohistochemical localization of taurine in various tissues of the mouse

Amino Acids. 1998;15(1-2):151-60. doi: 10.1007/BF01345288.


The localization of taurine was investigated in several tissues of the mouse. Immunohistochemical methods using a polyclonal antibody for taurine derived from rabbits was used in these studies. This method was used since it is a simple procedure and the results are clear and reliable. Tissues were fixed with paraformaldehyde, embedded in paraffin and treated in a microwave oven before using an avidin-biotin-complex method (ABC method). Control staining was accomplished by employing absorption staining using various amino acids: taurine, arginine, cysteine, hypotaurine and others. For purposes of comparison, radioautography (RAG) with 3H-taurine was performed to confirm the reliability of the immunohistochemical staining compared with the localization of the 3H-taurine incorporation in endothelial cells of the blood vessels of several tissues. In this investigation, immunoreactivity was broadly observed in many tissues: Purkinje cells of the cerebellum, glia cells of brain tissue, cardiac muscle cells, matrices of the bone, mucus granules of goblet cells of the intestines, and brown adipose cells of the fetus. Although the meaning of this widespread localization of taurine can not be explained completely, we surmise that taurine may have a different function in each of the tissues. In addition, taurine reactivity was observed in cell nuclei which was evidence of the presence of taurine in the nuclei.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Animals
  • Antibody Specificity
  • Autoradiography
  • Immunohistochemistry / methods*
  • Mice
  • Taurine / immunology
  • Taurine / isolation & purification*
  • Taurine / metabolism
  • Tissue Distribution


  • Taurine