The protein fraction of milk contains several components with physiological significance for the development of the newborn. Among them, immunomodulatory peptides and lactoferrin exemplify the complexity of biologically active substances of milk. Immunomodulatory peptides have latent activity within the native protein and are generated after proteolysis during gastrointestinal transit. Once they are generated, they modulate mucosal immunity, possibly by guiding the local immune system until it develops its full functionality. Lactoferrin is another milk bioactive compound with nutritional and health promoting properties; it modulates the microbial intestinal environment, displays anti-microbial activity against various pathogens and stimulates the establishment of beneficial microflora. This article focuses on the importance of immunomodulatory peptides and lactoferrin for the maturation of the intestine and immune system that are functionally immature in the newborn.
Biological effects of milk proteins and their peptides with emphasis on those related to the gastrointestinal ecosystem / A. Baldi, I. Politis, C. Pecorini, E. Fusi, C. Roubini, V. Dell'Orto. - In: THE JOURNAL OF DAIRY RESEARCH. - ISSN 0022-0299. - 72:Special issue(2005), pp. 66-72.
|Titolo:||Biological effects of milk proteins and their peptides with emphasis on those related to the gastrointestinal ecosystem|
BALDI, ANTONELLA (Primo)
DELL'ORTO, VITTORIO (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||Gastrointestinal ecosystem; Lactoferrin; Milk immunomodulatory peptides|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore AGR/18 - Nutrizione e Alimentazione Animale|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2005|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S002202990500110X|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|