Bioactive Peptides from Bovine Milk α-Casein: Isolation, Characterization and Multifunctional properties

  • S. Srinivas
  • V. Prakash


α-Casein group of proteins makes up to 65% of the total casein and consists of αS1- casein, αS2- casein and other related proteins. Among all the proteases employed, chymotryptic peptides showed maximum inhibition for angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE). The degree of hydrolysis and release kinetics of the peptides during chymotrypsin hydrolysis was compared with biological activity and the potent peptides fractions were identified. The crude fraction obtained after 110 min of hydrolysis shows multifunctional activities, like ACE inhibition, antioxidant activity, prolyl endopeptidase inhibitory activity and antimicrobial activities. This fraction was further purified by HPLC and sequenced by mass spectra. This fraction constituted peptides with molecular weights of 1,205, 1,718 Da respectively. The sequencing of peptides by MALDI-TOF MS/MS shows sequences QKALNEINQF and TKKTKLTEEEKNRL from α-S2 casein.


Peptides Mass spectra Bioactive Enzymatic hydrolysis Antioxidant activity Bovine milk Casein Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibition 



Angiotensin converting enzyme


Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibition


Degree of hydrolysis




Generations per hour (growth rate)


Concentration of inhibitor at 50% inhibition


Matrix assisted laser desorption ionization time of flight




Prolyl endo peptidase


Reverse phase


Trifluoroacetic acid



Author S. Srinivas gratefully acknowledges the senior research fellowship during the course of the investigation from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Protein Chemistry and TechnologyCentral Food Technological Research Institute (A Constituent Laboratory of CSIR)MysoreIndia

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