The tammar wallaby: a marsupial model to examine the timed delivery and role of bioactives in milk

Sharp, Julie A, Wanyonyi, Stephen, Modepalli, Vengama, Watt, Ashalyn, Kuruppath, Sanjana, Hinds, Lyn A, Kumar, Amit, Abud, Helen E, Lefevre, Christophe and Nicholas, Kevin R 2017, The tammar wallaby: a marsupial model to examine the timed delivery and role of bioactives in milk, General and comparative endocrinology, vol. 244, pp. 164-177, doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2016.08.007.

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Title The tammar wallaby: a marsupial model to examine the timed delivery and role of bioactives in milk
Author(s) Sharp, Julie AORCID iD for Sharp, Julie A
Wanyonyi, Stephen
Modepalli, Vengama
Watt, Ashalyn
Kuruppath, Sanjana
Hinds, Lyn A
Kumar, Amit
Abud, Helen E
Lefevre, Christophe
Nicholas, Kevin R
Journal name General and comparative endocrinology
Volume number 244
Start page 164
End page 177
Total pages 14
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2017-04-01
ISSN 0016-6480
Keyword(s) Lactation
Mammary gland
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Endocrinology & Metabolism
Summary It is now clear that milk has multiple functions; it provides the most appropriate nutrition for growth of the newborn, it delivers a range of bioactives with the potential to stimulate development of the young, it has the capacity to remodel the mammary gland (stimulate growth or signal cell death) and finally milk can provide protection from infection and inflammation when the mammary gland is susceptible to these challenges. There is increasing evidence to support studies using an Australian marsupial, the tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii), as an interesting and unique model to study milk bioactives. Reproduction in the tammar wallaby is characterized by a short gestation, birth of immature young and a long lactation. All the major milk constituents change substantially and progressively during lactation and these changes have been shown to regulate growth and development of the tammar pouch young and to have roles in mammary gland biology. This review will focus on recent reports examining the control of lactation in the tammar wallaby and the timed delivery of milk bioactivity.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ygcen.2016.08.007
Field of Research 0608 Zoology
0606 Physiology
0707 Veterinary Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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