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Isolation and Characterisation of Extracellular Vesicles in Human and Bovine Milk

Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportPh.d.-afhandlingForskning

  • Kristine Ingrid Marie Blans, Danmark
StatusUdgivet - 11 sep. 2015

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Breast milk contains a large number of health beneficial components. Recently, a milk-communication system has been discovered that most likely allows mom’s cells to talk to the infant’s. This mail system consists of nano-sized structures, known as extracellular vesicles, which carries genetic information and are thought to assist in the education of the infant’s immune system.

In her PhD studies, Kristine Blans has established a method to isolate extracellular vesicles from human breast milk and cow’s milk. She also investigated the milk parcels structure, molecular composition and content of genetic information.
The new research findings show that milk contains a large variety of mail-parcels that most likely carries different messages to the infant. Moreover, the findings indicate that the mail systems in breast milk and cow’s milk are similar. Therefore, the exchange of milk-mail between species might be possible.

The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

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