Role of Human Milk Constituents in Blocking the Adherence of Enteric Pathogens

  • Shai Ashkenazi
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 408)


Breast feeding has been associated with a reduced incidence of infantile infections, particularly gastroenteritis (Larsen and Homer, 1978; Howie et al., 1990). The protection might be related to the high content of immunoglobulins, especially secretory IgA, in human milk. Immunoglobulin-mediated activity, however, usually depends on previous exposure of the mother to the causative microorganism and may therefore be of limited importance in developed countries. Other protective mechanisms may also play a role.


Rota Virus Human Milk Cholera Toxin Shiga Toxin High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shai Ashkenazi
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  1. 1.Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel, Felsenstein Medical Research Center, Beilinson Campus, Petah Tiqva Sackler Faculty of MedicineTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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