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The Nutraceutical Properties of Ovotransferrin and Its Potential Utilization as a Functional Food

Department of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila I-67100, Italy
Interuniversity Consortium INBB Biostructures and Biosystems National Institute, Rome I-00136, Italy
Department of Sciences, Roma Tre University, Rome I-00146, Italy
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Nutrients 2015, 7(11), 9105-9115;
Received: 29 September 2015 / Revised: 21 October 2015 / Accepted: 23 October 2015 / Published: 4 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Egg Consumption and Human Health)
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Ovotransferrin or conalbumin belong to the transferrin protein family and is endowed with both iron-transfer and protective activities. In addition to its well-known antibacterial properties, ovotransferrin displays other protective roles similar to those already ascertained for the homologous mammalian lactoferrin. These additional functions, in many cases not directly related to iron binding, are also displayed by the peptides derived from partial hydrolysis of ovotransferrin, suggesting a direct relationship between egg consumption and human health. View Full-Text
Keywords: ovotransferrin; nutraceutical; functional food; antioxidant ovotransferrin; nutraceutical; functional food; antioxidant

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Giansanti, F.; Leboffe, L.; Angelucci, F.; Antonini, G. The Nutraceutical Properties of Ovotransferrin and Its Potential Utilization as a Functional Food. Nutrients 2015, 7, 9105-9115.

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