Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology

Immunology of Milk and the Neonate

Editors: Mestecky, Jiri, Blair, Claudia, Ogra, Pearay L. (Eds.)

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In the course of history, humans have attempted to interrupt the physiological and psychological bond formed between a nursing mother and her child by substituting breastfeeding with artificial formulas. A growing body of evidence indicates that breast milk, quite apart from its unsurpassed nutritive value, contains a large number of substances that protect the offspring from common infectious agents and allergens and promote the maturation of the gastrointestinal tract and the immune system. In addition to well described milk antibodies and soluble mediators of innate immunity, milk cells and pluripotent secreted factors - cytokines - are currently in the forefront of extensive research with respect to their importance in milk immunology. The purpose of this conference was to critically evaluate the current state of our knowledge concerning the protective role of immune agents found in milk, to provide up-to-date information of milk factors with respect to their role in the maturation of immunological defense systems in the neonate, and to reassess the importance of breastfeeding in the prevention of allergies in formula-fed infants. We hope that the work presented by international participants will prompt many new ideas and stimulate further research in this important area. This conference was sponsored primarily by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. We would like to thank Drs. Sumner Yaffe and Delbert Dayton for their efforts with the organization, planning, and support of this conference.

Table of contents (61 chapters)

  • Characteristics of Human Milk Antibodies and their Effect in Relation to the Epidemiology of Breastfeeding and Infections in a Developing Country

    Hanson, Lars Å. (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

  • T Cell Development in the Fetus and Neonate

    Wilson, Christopher B. (et al.)

    Pages 17-29

  • Growth Factors and the Development of Neonatal Host Defense

    Bines, Julie E. (et al.)

    Pages 31-39

  • Amniotic Fluid: The First Feeding of Mucosal Immune Factors

    Cleveland, Mark G. (et al.)

    Pages 41-49

  • Ontogeny of the Secretory IgA System in Humans

    Moro, Itaru (et al.)

    Pages 51-57

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Immunology of Milk and the Neonate
Editors
  • Jiri Mestecky
  • Claudia Blair
  • Pearay L. Ogra
Series Title
Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Series Volume
310
Copyright
1991
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-3838-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-3838-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-6713-0
Series ISSN
0065-2598
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 488
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