Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Milk Proteins - Biological Functions in Mammary Gland and the Neonate

Walter Hurley

University of Illinois


Synthesis Biochemical and Physicochemical Characteristics Colostrum Formation Secretion Mechanisms Immune Factors Bioactive Factors Gastrointestinal Impact Systemic Impact Comparative Protein Composition Comparative Bioactivity Chemical Modification Milk Protein Evolution

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Milk is a complex biological fluid that has evolved to provide a remarkable array of nutritional, bioactive and immune-active components for the neonate mammal. Production of milk by the mammary gland involves the synthesis and assembly of these components into a deceivingly homogeneous fluid that can be quickly and easily ingested and digested by the neonate. This book is aimed at exploring the many physiologic, metabolic, and immunologic roles of milk proteins in the mammary gland and in the mammalian neonate. Topics include, but are not limited to, the role of milk proteins in milk synthesis and secretion, milk proteins in colostrum and colostrum formation, effects of milk proteins on the neonate, comparative composition, characteristics and functionality of milk proteins among mammals, and modification of milk proteins to impact the mammary gland or neonate.

Chapter proposals reporting on mammalian species other than dairy species are welcomed and encouraged. Proposals related to milk proteins in dairy foods are acceptable only if their primary focus is on the biological impact on the neonate or the dairy food consumer.

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Walter Hurley

University of Illinois

Walter L. Hurley is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois, USA. His research has focused on a broad range of topics related to the biology of lactation and his studies have examined aspects of comparative milk composition, immunoglobulin transport through colostrum, lactation physiology, and mammary gland development, function and involution in cattle and swine. At the University of Illinois, he teaches courses on lactation biology, handling of domestic farm animals, and student discovery of careers in animal sciences. He has been a recipient of a number of recognitions for his teaching, and has shared his experience and knowledge of concepts of teaching and learning with many national and international audiences. His online, open access Lactation Biology course (Coursera, Lactation Biology) includes over 120 short videos, offering learners fundamental information about the biology of lactation and how the mammary gland develops and functions.

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