lactoferrin


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lactoferrin

 [lak´to-fer″in]
an iron-binding protein found in the granules of neutrophils where it apparently exerts an antimicrobial activity by withholding iron from ingested bacteria and fungi; it also occurs in many secretions and exudates, such as milk, tears, mucus, saliva, and bile.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

lac·to·fer·rin

(lak'tō-fer'in),
A transferrin found in the milk of several mammalian species and thought to be involved in the transport of iron to erythrocytes; relatively high concentrations are found in human milk.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

lac·to·fer·rin

(lak'tō-fer'in)
A transferrin found in the milk of several mammalian species and thought to be involved in the transport of iron to erythrocytes.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

lactoferrin

An iron-binding protein found in milk and other body fluids and in neutrophil polymorph LEUCOCYTES in which its action helps to retard bacterial reproduction.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

lac·to·fer·rin

(lak'tō-fer'in)
A transferrin found in the milk of several mammalian species.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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tumor cells' invasion in cancer progression, the scientists write in the abstract of their work.We show that human lactoferrin, an iron-binding milk glycoprotein, blocks plasminogen activation on the cell surface by direct binding to human plasminogen, the abstract continues.
Limited studies (with the different assays) have previously investigated the lactoferrin level or [alpha]1-antitrypsin level in saliva and in gingival crevicular fluid for periodontal disease and gingival disease [15-19].
Abbreviated Abstract: Lactoferrin is an important component of innate immunity through its sequestration of iron, bactericidal activity, and immune modulatory activity.
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Another beneficial compound is lactoferrin, which has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and anticarcinogenic properties, and enhances bone growth and formation.