alexa Vertebrate and invertebrate carotenoid-binding proteins


Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology

Author(s): Bhosale P, Bernstein PS

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In invertebrates and vertebrates, carotenoids are ubiquitous colorants, antioxidants, and provitamin A compounds that must be absorbed from dietary sources and transported to target tissues where they are taken up and stabilized to perform their physiological functions. These processes occur in a specific and regulated manner mediated by high-affinity carotenoid-binding proteins. In this mini-review, we examine the published literature on carotenoid-binding proteins in vertebrate and invertebrate systems, and we report our initial purification and characterization of a novel lutein-binding protein isolated from liver of Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica).

This article was published in Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology

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