Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Whey Proteins - Uses and Biological Roles

Walter Hurley

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

A researcher and educator in the biology of lactation, mammary gland biology, and milk, book editor, and author of numerous book chapters on the proteins of milk.


Derek Nolan

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Dr. Derek T. Nolan completed his Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky, USA. He is a researcher and extension educator in dairy science, milk quality, and mammary gland health.


Relationship with Diseases Immune Function Supplemental Protein Food Additives Gastrointestinal Impact Nutritional Impact Comparative Protein Composition Comparative Protein Characteristics Comparative Bioactivities Whey Protein Uses Whey Protein Production Protein Characteristics

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Whey is the liquid biproduct remaining after curd formation during the cheese-making process. It contains most of the lactose, minerals and water-soluble proteins found in milk. The composition of whey varies with the type of cheese produced, as well as with processing and handling steps, and other factors. Once primarily considered as a waste product from cheese making, the protein component of whey is now recognized to have a broad and varied range of functions and uses. Concentrated whey protein provides a rich protein and amino acid source for a wide range of nutritional supplements, baking ingredients, food additives, cosmetics, and a host of other uses. Viewed individually, the proteins found in whey represent a spectrum of functions and activities, such as binding proteins for low molecular weight components, enzymes, co-factors, hormones, antibodies, and antimicrobial proteins and peptides, to name just a few. Partial hydrolysis of whey proteins in the gastrointestinal tract results in an array of potentially bioactive peptides that may impact the physiology and immunology of a number of organs and tissues.

This book is aimed at exploring the many uses, activities and functions of the proteins of whey. Potential topic areas include the functionality of whey proteins, their role in the production of milk, their value as a food, their relationships with human health, their uses in dairy products, and other uses. In addition, studies of whey proteins from dairy and non-dairy species are encouraged.

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Walter Hurley

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Walter L. Hurley is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois, USA. His research focuses on a broad range of topics related to the biology of lactation. His studies examine aspects of comparative milk composition, immunoglobulin transport through colostrum, lactation physiology, and mammary gland development, function, and involution in cattle and swine. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research papers, reviews and book chapters. He has been the recipient of many recognitions for his teaching, and has shared his experience and knowledge of the concepts of teaching and learning with many national and international audiences. His online, open-access Lactation Biology course (Coursera, Lactation Biology) includes more than 120 short videos, offering learners fundamental information about the biology of lactation.

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