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Chromatographic Separation of Lactalbumin from Human Milk Whey on Calcium Phosphate Columns


ACCORDING to Deutsch1 and Wegelin2 bovine and human milk wheys differ to a certain extent in electrophoretic patterns. On the basis of paper electrophoretic data, Fontaine3 considers it probable that the electrophoretic fractions in human milk whey closely correspond to different proteins found in bovine whey (serum albumin, β-lactoglobulin, α-lactalbumin and immune globulins). As part of an investigation of the protein composition of human milk whey and its relation to bovine whey, I have studied the separation of a crude ‘albumin’-fraction from human milk by means of chromatography on calcium phosphate.

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