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Homotaurine (also spelled homotaurin) is a synthetic organic compound. It is analogous to taurine, but with an extra carbon in its chain. Because of its similarity in structure to the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), it has GABAnergic effects and may be useful as an anticonvulsant.
Homotaurine is also being investigated as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease. It binds to soluble amyloid beta and inhibits the formation of neurotoxic aggregates that lead to amyloid plaque deposition in the brain.
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