Human Milk Oligosaccharides and Immune System Development

  title={Human Milk Oligosaccharides and Immune System Development},
  author={J. Plaza-D{\'i}az and L. Fontana and {\'A}. Gil},
  • J. Plaza-Díaz, L. Fontana, Á. Gil
  • Published 2018
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nutrients
  • Maternal milk contains compounds that may affect newborn immunity. Among these are a group of oligosaccharides that are synthesized in the mammary gland from lactose; these oligosaccharides have been termed human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs). The amount of HMOs present in human milk is greater than the amount of protein. In fact, HMOs are the third-most abundant solid component in maternal milk after lactose and lipids, and are thus considered to be key components. The importance of HMOs may be… CONTINUE READING
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