Minor proteins, including growth factors

Peter Wynn, P.A. Sheehy

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Minor milk proteins and growth factors assist in furthering the maternal influence on development. The angiogenins, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, heparin affin regulatory peptide and kininogen all serve multiple roles within neural and cellular development while promoting tissue vascularity. Some proteins also direct immune function together with β2-microglobulin, osteopontin, proteose peptone 3 and TGFβ1 and 2 among others. The IGFs and their binding proteins as well as the key mitogens EGF and TGFα and various metabolic regulatory molecules and vitamin-binding proteins are key functional entities in milk. It is clear that the spectrum of minor proteins in milk is no less complex than that found in the maternal or neonatal circulation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvance dairy chemistry
Subtitle of host publicationProteins: basic aspects
EditorsPaul L.H McSweeney, Patrick F Fox
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781461447146
ISBN (Print)9781461447139
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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