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Amylase in human milk.
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PMID:  6179037     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Amylase activity and isoenzyme pattern were determined in human milk from various stages of lactation and were compared with that in duodenal juice. The activity is high in colostrum and somewhat lower in milk from day 15 to day 90 after delivery. In this period of lactation, human milk contains higher amounts of amylase than duodenal juice from infants aged 1 to 6 months. Low activity was found in milk from 90 days or more after delivery. The amylase is of the salivary type. A pH of 5.3 does not inactivate the amylase; there is considerable human milk amylase activity in duodenal juice after a meal of human milk. Human milk amylase could thus contribute to the breast-fed infant's ability to digest starch.
T Lindberg; G Skude
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatrics     Volume:  70     ISSN:  0031-4005     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatrics     Publication Date:  1982 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-09-10     Completed Date:  1982-09-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376422     Medline TA:  Pediatrics     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  235-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Amylases / analysis*
Duodenum / enzymology
Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
Infant, Newborn
Intestinal Secretions / enzymology
Isoamylase / analysis
Milk, Human / enzymology*
Reg. No./Substance:
EC 3.2.1.-/Amylases; EC

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