Author(s): Kamijima T, Ohmura A, Sato T, Akimoto K, Itabashi M,
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Abstract HAMLET (Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made LEthal to Tumor cells), which was identified in human breast milk as an alpha-lactalbumin (LA)-oleic acid complex, kills tumor cells, selectively. Although it may have potential as a therapeutic agent against various tumor cells, only low-volume methods for its production exist. In this study, heat treatment was used to produce complexes from LAs and oleic acid using a simple method. In the case of human LA and oleic acid, heat-treated samples apparently showed much stronger activities than those treated at room temperature, with cytotoxicities equal to that of HAMLET. Furthermore, circular dichroism spectroscopy revealed that heat-treated samples lost their tertiary structure, suggesting a molten globule as oleic acid-bound LA. BLA samples also showed strong activities by heat treatment. Batch production with heat treatment can efficiently convert LAs into tumoricidal complexes.
This article was published in Biochem Biophys Res Commun
and referenced in Journal of Bioanalysis & Biomedicine