Marine Proteins and Peptides: Biological Activities and Applications

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Se-Kwon Kim
Wiley, Mar 18, 2013 - Technology & Engineering - 816 pages
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Food proteins and bioactive peptides play a vital role in thegrowth and development of the body’s structural integrity andregulation, as well as having a variety of other functionalproperties. Land animal-derived food proteins such as collagen andgelatine carry risks of contamination (such as BSE). Marine-derivedproteins, which can provide equivalents to collagen and gelatinwithout the associated risks, are becoming more popular amongconsumers because of their numerous health beneficial effects. Mostmarine-derived bioactive peptides are currently underutilized.While fish and shellfish are perhaps the most obvious sources ofsuch proteins and peptides, there is also the potential for furtherdevelopment of proteins and peptides from sources like algae, seacucumber and molluscs. Marine-derived proteins and peptides alsohave potential uses in novel products, with the possibility of widecommercialization in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical andcosmetic industries, as well as in other fields such asphotography, textiles, leather, electronics, medicine andbiotechnology.

Marine Proteins and Peptides: Biological Activities andApplications presents an overview of the current status,future industrial perspectives and commercial trends of bioactivemarine-derived proteins and peptides. Many of the industrialperspectives are drawn from the food industry, but the book alsorefers to the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. There haverecently been significant advances in isolating functionalingredients from marine bio-resources and seafood by-products foruse in these industries, but little has been published, creating aknowledge gap, particularly with regard to the isolation andpurification processes. This book is the first to fill thatgap.

Marine Proteins and Peptides: Biological Activities andApplications is a valuable resource for researchers inmarine biochemistry field as well as food industry managersinterested in exploring novel techniques and knowledge onalternative food protein sources. It will become a standardreference book for researchers involved in developing marinebio-resources and seafood by-products for novel nutraceutical,cosmetics, and pharmaceutical applications. It will also appeal tomanagers and product developers in the food, pharmaceutical andcosmetics industries, particularly those looking to usemarine-derived proteins and peptides as substitutes or replacementsfor unfashionable or outdated food components.

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Se-Kwon Kim, PhD is a Senior Professor at the Department of Chemistry and director of Marine Bioprocess Research Center (MBPRC) at Pukyong National University in the Republic of Korea. He is the editor of the Handbook of Marine Macroalgae, also published by Wiley-Blackwell.

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