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Milk Proteins

From Structure to Biological Properties and Health Aspects

Edited by Isabel Gigli

National University of La Pampa

Milk proteins have nutritional value and extraordinary biological properties. Research over the last decades has provided new insight into the structure and the function of milk bioactive peptides. Some of these peptides are delivered directly into milk, and some are encrypted in major proteins such as caseins and lactoglobulins. These peptides have antimicrobial functions modulating the gut microflora. Even when milk is undisputedly the first food for mammals, milk proteins sometimes can be a health threat, either because of allergic reaction or because of toxicity. In this regard, in vitro studies showed donkey's casein and major whey proteins to be more digestible than cows' for human consumption. In this book, readers will find updated research on the major milk proteins' structure, bioactive peptides, milk protein allergy, therapeutic strategies, and chemical markers that can be used to detect cow milk intolerance in infants. This book provides the most current scientific information on milk proteins, from structure to biological properties. It will be of great benefit for those interested in milk production, milk chemistry, and human health.

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Milk ProteinsFrom Structure to Biological Properties and Health AspectsEdited by Isabel Gigli

Published: September 7th 2016

DOI: 10.5772/60465

ISBN: 978-953-51-2537-2

Print ISBN: 978-953-51-2536-5

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-5451-8

Copyright year: 2016

Books open for chapter submissions

23482 Total Chapter Downloads

24 Crossref Citations

50 Web of Science Citations

71 Dimensions Citations


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1. Casein Proteins: Structural and Functional Aspects

By Mohd Younus Bhat, Tanveer Ali Dar and Laishram Rajendrakumar Singh


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2. Measurement of Casein Micelle Size in Raw Dairy Cattle Milk by Dynamic Light Scattering

By Peter Hristov, Ivan Mitkov, Daniela Sirakova, Ivan Mehandgiiski and Georgi Radoslavov


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3. Structure, Oligomerisation and Interactions of β-Lactoglobulin

By Jennifer M. Crowther, Geoffrey B. Jameson, Alison J. Hodgkinson and Renwick C.J. Dobson


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4. Human Milk Lactoferrin and Antibodies: Catalytic Activities, Complexes, and Other Features

By Sergey E. Sedykh, Valentina N. Buneva and Georgy A. Nevinsky


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5. Milk Proteins: Processing of Bioactive Fractions and Effects on Gut Health

By Anindya Mukhopadhya and Torres Sweeney


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6. Bioactive Peptides from Milk

By R. Anusha and O.S. Bindhu


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7. An Important Milk Enzyme: Lactoperoxidase

By Zeynep Koksal, Ilhami Gulcin and Hasan Ozdemir


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8. Bioactive Lactoferrin-Derived Peptides

By Adham M. Abdou and Hend A. Elbarbary


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9. The Protein Component of Sow Colostrum and Milk

By P.K. Theil and W.L. Hurley


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10. Donkey Milk Proteins: Digestibility and Nutritional Significance

By Donata Marletta, Flavio Tidona and Salvatore Bordonaro


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11. Usefulness of Faecal Markers in Cow’s Milk Protein Immunomediated Reactions

By Maria Elisabetta Baldassarre, Raffaella Panza and Nicola Laforgia


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12. Allergenic Milk Proteins. Friend or Foe Nutritional Proteins?

By Guillermo Docena, Paola Smaldini, Renata Curciarello and Angela María Candreva


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13. Insights into the Interaction of Milk and Dairy Proteins with Aflatoxin M1

By Fabio Granados-Chinchilla


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