Structure and Function

  • T. William Hutchens
  • Sylvia V. Rumball
  • Bo Lönnerdal

Part of the Advances in, Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 357)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Edward N. Baker, Bryan F. Anderson, Heather M. Baker, Catherine L. Day, M. Haridas, Gillian E. Norris et al.
    Pages 1-12
  3. Geneviève Spik, Dominique Legrand, Béatrice Leveugle, Joël Mazurier, Takashi Mikogami, Jean Montreuil et al.
    Pages 13-19
  4. Geneviève Spik, Bernadette Coddeville, Joël Mazurier, Yves Bourne, Christian Cambillaut, Jean Montreuil
    Pages 21-32
  5. Andrew M. Brodie, Eric W. Ainscough, Edward N. Baker, Heather M. Baker, Musa S. Shongwe, Clyde A. Smith
    Pages 33-44
  6. N. Dennis Chasteen, John K. Grady, Robert C. Woodworth, Anne B. Mason
    Pages 45-52
  7. Tai-Tung Yip, T. William Hutchens
    Pages 53-60
  8. D. T. Akin, M. Q. Lu, S. J. Lu, S. Kendall, J. Rundegren, R. R. Arnold
    Pages 61-70
  9. Richard T. Ellison III
    Pages 71-90
  10. B. A. Wharton, S. E. Balmer, P. H. Scott
    Pages 91-98
  11. Joël Mazurier, Dominique Legrand, Béatrice Leveugle, Elisabeth Rochard, Jean Montreuil, Geneviève Spik
    Pages 111-119
  12. Roy D. Baynes, Werner R. Bezwoda
    Pages 133-141
  13. Bradley E. Britigan, Jonathan S. Serody, Myron S. Cohen
    Pages 143-156
  14. Jeremy H. Brock, Maznah Ismail, Lourdes Sánchez
    Pages 157-169
  15. Roger D. Knapp, T. William Hutchens
    Pages 177-181
  16. Christina T. Teng
    Pages 183-196
  17. John W. Tweedie, Heather B. Bain, Catherine L. Day, H. Hale Nicholson, Paul E. Mead, Bhavwanti Sheth et al.
    Pages 197-208

About this book


Lactoferrin is an intriguing protein with an interesting structure and several known or suggested biological activities. We feel that attention on this protein has been too limited and diffuse, partly because it has been "hidden" among other well-known iron-binding proteins such as hemoglobin, ferritin and transferrin, but also perhaps because its biological functions are so diverse. Investigators that focus on lactoferrin represent a wide variety of medical and scientific disciplines that do not usually come together. It was our intention to improve that situation with this symposium. In this book, experts from a variety of disciplines describe the present knowledge of the structural features of lactoferrin, its carbohydrate side chains and its capacity to bind different metal ions and anions. Several of the possible physiological functions of lactoferrin are described in detail, including the role of lactoferrin in bacterial killing, its involvement in growth and proliferation, in immune function and in iron absorption. Aspects of the molecular biology of lactoferrin and its specific interactions with different cell types are also included. Finally, as lactoferrin now has become commercially available in larger quantities, possible industrial applications are discussed. The book should give the interested reader a thorough insight into our present knowledge of lactoferrin.


bacteria biology ferritin growth molecular biology protein proteins

Editors and affiliations

  • T. William Hutchens
    • 1
  • Sylvia V. Rumball
    • 2
  • Bo Lönnerdal
    • 1
  1. 1.University of California, DavisDavisUSA
  2. 2.Massey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Plenum Press, New York 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6087-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-2548-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0065-2598
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