Analysis and role of oligosaccharides in milk

L. Renee Ruhaak, Carlito B Lebrilla

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Milk is an important fluid in glycobiology because it contains a number of short carbohydrate chains either free or as glycoconjugates. These compounds as a class are the most abundant component and benefit the infant by developing and maintaining the infant's gut flora. New and emerging methods for oligosaccharide analysis have been developed to study milk. These methods allow for the rapid profiling of oligosaccharide mixtures with quantitation. With these tools, the role of oligosaccharide in milk is being understood. They further point to how oligosaccharide analysis can be performed, which until now has been very difficult and have lagged significantly those of other biopolymers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)442-451
Number of pages10
JournalBMB Reports
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2012


  • Analysis
  • Bacterial consumption
  • High performance liquid chromatography
  • Lewis blood group
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Milk oligosaccharides
  • Secretor status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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