Possible role of a taurine transporter in the deep-sea mussel Bathymodiolus septemdierum in adaptation to hydrothermal vents.

@article{Inoue2008PossibleRO,
  title={Possible role of a taurine transporter in the deep-sea mussel Bathymodiolus septemdierum in adaptation to hydrothermal vents.},
  author={Koji Inoue and Kimihiko Tsukuda and Tomoko Koito and Yoshiko Miyazaki and Masatomi Hosoi and Ryusuke Kado and Nobuyuki Miyazaki and Haruhiko Toyohara},
  journal={FEBS letters},
  year={2008},
  volume={582 10},
  pages={1542-6}
}
Various invertebrates inhabiting hydrothermal vents possess sulfur-oxidizing bacteria in their tissues; however, the mechanisms by which toxic sulfides are delivered to these endosymbionts remain unknown. Recently, detoxification of sulfides using thiotaurine, a sulfur-containing amino acid, has been suggested. In this study, we propose the involvement of a taurine transporter in sulfide detoxification in the deep-sea mussel Bathymodiolus septemdierum by demonstrating: (i) the abundance of its… CONTINUE READING