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 Dec 1

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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