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N- and O‑Glycosylation of a Commercial Bovine Whey Protein Product

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posted on 2012-12-26, 00:00 authored by Sander S. van Leeuwen, Ruud J. W. Schoemaker, Christel J. A. M. Timmer, Johannis P. Kamerling, Lubbert Dijkhuizen
Bovine whey protein products are used as a base ingredient in infant formulas to optimize the amino acid pattern to a more human-like composition. Although the protein composition of bovine milk has been studied in detail, glycosylation details of commercial whey protein products are missing. To this end, both the N- and O-glycans of such a protein concentrate were sequentially released, the N-glycans enzymatically and the O-glycans chemically (reducing and nonreducing conditions). For the structural analysis of the N- and O-glycans a combination of MALDI-TOF-MS, one-dimensional 1H NMR spectroscopy, Wisteria floribunda agglutinin affinity chromatography, HPAEC-PAD profiling, and HPLC-FD profiling (2-aminobenzamide derivatives), together with exoglycosidase treatments, were used. A mixture of over 60 N-glycans and 10 O-glycans was characterized, giving a detailed insight into the glycosylation of a bovine whey protein product, Deminal 90, which is applied as an ingredient for infant formulas.