Lactoferrin

Lactoferrin mRNA expression in mouse mammary glands during pregnancy and lactation

H. P. Li, Jiao, X. L., Wang, X. J., Liu, F. T., Zhu, H. S., Wang, Y. Y., and Yang, G. Y., Lactoferrin mRNA expression in mouse mammary glands during pregnancy and lactation, vol. 13, pp. 4747-4755, 2014.

Lactoferrin (Lf) is an iron-binding glycoprotein that is produced by mucosal epithelial cells in mammals. Lf has non-immune natural defense functions and biological functions in addition to and distinct from its role in regulating inflammatory responses. Lf also improved some physiological and immunological parameters. Lf is a biomarker for monitoring medical treatment in inflammatory bowel diseases. Current LF research focuses on iron absorption, antimicrobial activity, and the modulation of iron metabolism during inflammation.

Single nucleotide polymorphisms in immunity-related genes and their association with mastitis in Chilean dairy cattle

A. M. Carvajal, Huircan, P., and Lepori, A., Single nucleotide polymorphisms in immunity-related genes and their association with mastitis in Chilean dairy cattle, vol. 12, pp. 2702-2711, 2013.

Mastitis remains a major cattle disease with great global economic implications. Various approaches are currently employed in attempts to improve understanding of mastitis resistance and develop phenotypic markers for use in breeding programs (e.g., somatic cell score), including QTL discovery, wide-genome association studies, and identification of candidate genes related to immune function.

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