Arginine availability, arginase, and the immune response.

  title={Arginine availability, arginase, and the immune response.},
  author={Vishal Bansal and Juan B. Ochoa},
  journal={Current opinion in clinical nutrition and metabolic care},
  volume={6 2},
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Arginine, often found in immunonutrition regimens, is an important modulator of immune system activation. However, the mechanism of how arginine may be beneficial in immunonutrition is poorly understood. This review details the importance of arginine, its metabolism, and ultimately, its physiologic role in critically ill and immunocompromised patients. RECENT FINDINGS The metabolism of arginine is determined by the expression of the arginine metabolizing enzymes inducible… CONTINUE READING
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