Quantitative changes of fucosylated human milk oligosaccharides during lactation in comparison to milk fucosyltransferase activity
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Human milk contains 7-20 g/L of free oligosaccharides. The oligosaccharides show large variations in size and structure. It has been suggested that milk oligosaccharides can prevent pathogenic microorganisms from attaching to the gastrointestinal epithelium by blocking bacterial adhesins. However, the biological role of milk oligosaccharides is far from understood. In this study, the major fucosylated oligosaccharides in milk were followed during six to nine months of lactation. Individual oligosaccharides were separated and quantified by high-performance anion-exchange chromatography with pulsed amperometric detection (HPAEC-PAD). The fucosylated oligosaccharides 2-fucosyl lactose, lacto-N-fucopentaose I and lacto-N-di-fucohexaose I showed decreasing concentrations in milk during lactation. The concentrations of lacto-difucotetraose, lacto-N-fucopentaose II and Ill remained constant, while 3-fucosyl lactose (3-FL) showed increasing concentrations during lactation. The increase of 3-FL was found for all individuals independent of secretor status, but did not correlate to milk fucosyltransferase activity when the product 3-FL was measured separately. Instead all individuals showed a decrease in fucosyltransferase activity during lactation, indicating that fucosyltransferase activity in milk does not reflect the biosynthetic activity in the mammary gland. This study shows that the composition of fucosylated oligosaccharides vary considerably during the first six months of lactation. This may reflect unique biological roles of certain oligosaccharides in the infant's adaptation to the environment.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79998OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-79998DiVA: diva2:544989