Retinal degeneration associated with taurine deficiency in the cat

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Science  30 May 1975:
Vol. 188, Issue 4191, pp. 949-951
DOI: 10.1126/science.1138364


A degeneration of the retinal photoreceptor cells develops in cats when casein is the source of dietary protein. Amino acid profiles indicate that the degeneration is associated with a selective decrease in plasma and retinal taurine concentrations. A sulfur amino acid deficit in the casein diet combined with specific amino acid requirements of the cat appear related to this unique expression of taurine deficiency.

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