Special Issue "Interaction of Dairy Proteins and Natural Active Molecules in Food Processing Engineering"

A special issue of Processes (ISSN 2227-9717). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Process Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 March 2024 | Viewed by 88

Special Issue Editors

College of Food Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Changchun 130062, China
Interests: dairy protein structure and functions; functional foods
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Dr. Xiangyang Li
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Guest Editor
Food Science and Engineering College, Beijing University of Agriculture, Beijing 102206, China
Interests: functional nucleic acid; aptamer; biosensors; food safety

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Milk is a good source of protein and has a high nutritional value. The dairy proteins primarily include casein and whey protein (β-lactoglobulin, glycomacropeptide, α-lactalbumin, immunoglobulins, bovine serum albumin, lactoferrin, lactoperoxidase and proteose peptone). Some dairy proteins are reported to have certain functions. For example, casein can be employed as a good emulsifier during food processing., and whey protein can utilized to enhance physical performance and prevent muscular degeneration. Lactoferrin can reduce gut inflammation and is widely applied in infant formula. These proteins have been found to interact with many natural molecules during food processing or engineering. Via complexation or conjugation with other natural compounds, dairy proteins are able to change their structures, leading to the modification of certain functions, such as foaming ability, antioxidant activity, tumor prevention capacity and enhancement of nutrient absorption during digestion.

This Special lssue aims to attract the most exciting advances in the field of Food Science and Nutrition, promoting the high-impact applications of dairy food. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Interaction behavior and mechanism of dairy proteins and natural active molecules during food processing/storage or food digestion;
  • Characterization of the structure and functions of the protein complexed or conjugated with natural molecules;
  • Effect of natural molecules on the nutritional value of dairy proteins or vice versa;
  • Newly designed structures using dairy proteins modified with natural molecules that facilitate nutrient delivery, increase stability or assign other features.

Dr. Changhui Zhao
Dr. Xiangyang Li
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • milk
  • dairy protein
  • whey
  • casein
  • interaction
  • bioactive molecules

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