Glycoproteins of the human milk fat globule in the protection of the breast-fed infant against infections.

@article{Peterson1998GlycoproteinsOT,
  title={Glycoproteins of the human milk fat globule in the protection of the breast-fed infant against infections.},
  author={J. A. Peterson and Stuart Patton and Margit Hamosh},
  journal={Biology of the neonate},
  year={1998},
  volume={74 2},
  pages={143-62}
}
Nonimmunological components in human milk can protect breast-fed infants against infection by microorganisms. The structural and functional characteristics of four such components are discussed. The mucin inhibits binding of S-fimbriated Escherichia coli to bucal epithelial cells; lactadherin prevents symptomatic rotavirus-induced infection; glycoaminoglycans inhibit binding of human immunodeficiency virus gp120 to its host cell CD4 receptor, and oligosaccharides provide protection against… CONTINUE READING