Oligosaccharides of milk and colostrum in non-human mammals

Tadasu Urashima, Tadao Saito, Tadashi Nakamura, Michael Messer

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    Abstract

    Mammalian milk or colostrum usually contains, in addition to lactose, a variety of neutral and acidic oligosaccharides. Although the oligosaccharides of human milk have been reviewed in several recent publications, those of non-human mammals have received much less attention. This paper reviews the chemical structures and the variety of milk oligosaccharides in species other than humans, including placental mammals (e.g. primates, domestic herbivores, bears and other carnivores, the rat and the elephant) as well as monotremes (platypus and echidna) and marsupials (e.g. wallaby). The gastrointestinal digestion and absorption and the possible biological functions of these oligosaccharides are also discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)357-371
    Number of pages15
    JournalGlycoconjugate Journal
    Volume18
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

    Keywords

    • Colostrum
    • Milk
    • Milk oligosaccharide
    • Non-human mammal

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biochemistry
    • Molecular Biology
    • Cell Biology

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