Anyone for Lactoferrin & Blepharitis skaken not stirred?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by David Halpern, Sep 13, 2003.

  1. Besides my facetious NG topic.
    Anyone think I should maybe start taking
    lactoferrin to help in my fight against blepharitis?
    What about a prescription for prescription-strength ketaconazole pills
    besides just using Nizoral?

    I appreciate people like DOE and nipidoc helping me to know more about

    If anyone you would think the pharmaceutical companies would look
    to develop better treatments for bleph.

    I just heard that the FDA approved Cubicin's daptomycin for
    complicated skin infections.

    Blepharitis is a very complicated skin infection you would think this
    class of antibiotics might be helpful.

    Or at least the new school of thought that gave us daptomycin.

    Take care all & thanks,

    David Halpern
    David Halpern, Sep 13, 2003
  2. Would it be wise to start taking lactoferrin then?

    David Halpern, Sep 15, 2003
  3. David Halpern

    Guest Guest

    What's lactoferrin?


    Guest, Sep 16, 2003
  4. Lactoferrin

    The iron binding glycoprotein of milk is present at high levels in
    human milk, tears, saliva, and cells of the immune system. This unique
    component of milk is intimately involved in immunity, cell growth,
    mineral absorption and metabolism. It has antibacterial and antiviral
    activity. Typically used in nutritional formulations including infant
    formulae, adult health products, cosmetics and animal health, its
    potential applications are extensive.

    Lactoferrin co-isolate

    Co-isolate is composed of minor milk proteins including lactoferrin,
    lactoperoxidase, growth factors, immunoglobulins and lysozyme.
    Co-isolate is an excellent source of lactoperoxidase and is ideal for
    use in human healthcare, pharmaceutical and animal feed preparations.



    Lactoferrin is a glycoprotein that belongs to the iron transporter or
    transferrin family. It was originally isolated from bovine milk, where
    it is found as a minor protein component of whey proteins (see Whey
    Proteins). Lactoferrin contains 703 amino acids and has a molecular
    weight of 80 kilodaltons. In addition to its presence in milk, it is
    also found in exocrine secretions of mammals and is released from
    neutrophil granules during inflammation.

    Lactoferrin is considered a multifunctional or multi-tasking protein.
    It appears to play several biological roles. Owing to its iron-binding
    properties, lactoferrin is thought to play a role in iron uptake by
    the intestinal mucosa of the suckling neonate. That is, it appears to
    be the source of iron for breast-fed infants. It also appears to have
    antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant
    and immunomodulatory activities.

    Three isoforms of lactoferrin have been isolated: lactoferrin-alpha,
    lactoferrin-beta and lactoferrin-gamma. Lactoferrin-beta and
    lactoferrin-gamma have RNase activity, whereas lactoferrin-alpha does
    not. Receptors for lactoferrin are found in monocytes, lymphocytes,
    neutrophils, intestinal tissue and on certain bacteria. Lactoferrin is
    abbreviated LF and Lf. Bovine lactoferrin is abbreviated bLF.

    Bovine lactoferrin, derived from whey proteins, is marketed as a
    nutritional supplement. Supplemental lactoferrin typically contains
    low amounts of iron.
    David Halpern, Sep 17, 2003
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