Immunoglobulin A in Bovine Milk: A Potential Functional Food?

  title={Immunoglobulin A in Bovine Milk: A Potential Functional Food?},
  author={Julie Cakebread and Rex Humphrey and Alison J Hodgkinson},
  journal={Journal of agricultural and food chemistry},
  volume={63 33},
Immunoglobulin A (IgA) is an anti-inflammatory antibody that plays a critical role in mucosal immunity. It is found in large quantities in human milk, but there are lower amounts in bovine milk. In humans, IgA plays a significant role in providing protection from environmental pathogens at mucosal surfaces and is a key component for the establishment and maintenance of intestinal homeostasis via innate and adaptive immune mechanisms. To date, many of the dairy-based functional foods are derived… CONTINUE READING
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