Chemical characterization of the oligosaccharides in Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera edeni) and Sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis lesson) milk

Tadasu Urashima, Mami Kobayashi, Sadaki Asakuma, Yusuke Uemura, Ikichi Arai, Kenji Fukuda, Tadao Saito, Toshihiro Mogoe, Hajime Ishikawa, Yutaka Fukui

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Abstract

Samples of milk from a Bryde's whale and a Sei whale contained 2.7 g/100 mL and 1.7 g/100 mL of hexose, respectively. Both contained lactose as the dominant saccharide along with small amounts of Neu5Ac(α2-3)Gal(β1-4)Glc (3′-N-acetylneuraminyllactose), Neu5Ac(α2-6)Gal(β1-4)Glc (6′-N-acetylneuraminyllactose) and Neu5Ac(α2-6)Gal(β1-4)GlcNAc(β1-3)Gal(β1-4)Glc (LST c). The dominance of lactose in the carbohydrate of these milks is similar to that of Minke whale milk and bottlenose dolphin colostrum, but the oligosaccharide patterns are different from those of these two species, illustrating the heterogeneity of milk oligosaccharides among the Cetacea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-159
Number of pages7
JournalComparative Biochemistry and Physiology - B Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Volume146
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Feb

Keywords

  • Balaenoptera borealis lesson
  • Balaenoptera edeni
  • Bryde's whale
  • Cetacea
  • Milk oligosaccharides
  • Sei whale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Molecular Biology

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