Biochemistry and physiological function of human milk proteins

B. Lonnerdal

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Human milk has many unique properties that benefit the breast-fed infant. Several of these properties reside in the protein fraction of human milk; eg, host defense factors (such as immunoglobulins, lysozyme, and lactoferrin), digestive enzymes (lipases, proteases, amylase), specific binding proteins, and growth factors. Increased knowledge of human milk proteins and their biochemistry will aid our understanding of their physiological significance in the infant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1299-1317
Number of pages19
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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