Author(s): Bobe G, Beitz DC, Freeman AE, Lindberg GL
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Abstract Current analytical methods for milk proteins lack the capacity to simultaneously separate and quantify the six major bovine milk proteins and their genetic variants. A method is described that simultaneously separates and quantifies the six major bovine milk proteins. The separation is based on reversed-phase partitioning of the six major milk proteins and several genetic variants of kappa-casein, beta-casein, and beta-lactoglobulin. The described method has for each of the six milk proteins a linear quantitative response, precision (coefficient of variation below 5.1\% within days of analysis, and below 7.1\% between days of analysis), resolution (over 2.5 between proteins), peak efficiency (theoretical plate numbers between 8 000 and 50 000), and a sample treatment without filtration steps that together with the analysis takes 2 h. The composition of protein from milk of each of 234 cows was determined using the current method, and the results were similar to reference values for milk proteins.
This article was published in J Agric Food Chem
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