Journal article

The tammar wallaby: A marsupial model to examine the timed delivery and role of bioactives in milk

Julie A Sharp, Stephen Wanyonyi, Vengama Modepalli, Ashalyn Watt, Sanjana Kuruppath, Lyn A Hinds, Amit Kumar, Helen E Abud, Christophe Lefevre, Kevin R Nicholas

GENERAL AND COMPARATIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2017

Abstract

It is now clear that milk has multiple functions; it provides the most appropriate nutrition for growth of the newborn, it delivers a range of bioactives with the potential to stimulate development of the young, it has the capacity to remodel the mammary gland (stimulate growth or signal cell death) and finally milk can provide protection from infection and inflammation when the mammary gland is susceptible to these challenges. There is increasing evidence to support studies using an Australian marsupial, the tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii), as an interesting and unique model to study milk bioactives. Reproduction in the tammar wallaby is characterized by a short gestation, birth of immatu..

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