About the book
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.