Record number :
477468
Title of article :
Arginine and immunity: a unique perspective
Author/Authors :
Carmelo Nieves Jr، نويسنده , , Bobbi Langkamp-Henken، نويسنده ,
Issue Information :
روزنامه با شماره پیاپی سال 2002
Pages :
12
From page :
471
To page :
482
Abstract :
Arginine functions in the body as a free amino acid, a component of most proteins, and the substrate for several non-protein, nitrogen-containing compounds, many of which function in immunity. Although arginine is synthesized in the body, it is not made in sufficient quantities to support growth or meet metabolic requirements during periods of stress. Based on the biochemical and physiological role of arginine in maintaining health and immunity, arginine is being added at pharmacologic concentrations to enteral formulas to boost immune function. Unfortunately, animal and human studies that investigate enteral arginine supplementation as the single variable do not show clear immunologic benefit. The inconsistent effects of arginine supplementation on immune function are due to numerous factors, such as the amount and timing of arginine supplementation, the animal species or strain of species, and the experimental model. Systematic study is required to determine whether a basal dietary intake of arginine is required to maintain immune function during health and how much arginine is required to meet metabolic requirements during periods of growth or stress.
Keywords :
nitric oxide , arginine , immune function , Arginase
Journal title :
Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy
Serial Year :
2002
Link To Document :
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