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Lac equinum

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J Med Food. 2009 Aug;12(4):836-45.

Mare's colostrum globules stimulate fibroblast growth in vitro: a biochemical study.

Zava S, Barello C, Pessione A, Garoffo LP, Fattori P, Montorfano G, Conti A, Giunta C, Pessione E, Berra B, Giuffrida MG.

Institute of General Physiology and Biological Chemistry, University of Milan, Milan, Turin, Italy.


The wound repair function of mare's milk and colostrum was investigated. Mare's colostrum improved wound healing in vivo; thus fibroblast growth activation by mare's milk and colostrum was examined. As expected, colostrum was more effective than milk. To establish the biochemical nature of the bioactive molecules involved, colostrum was fractionated into whey, casein, and fat globules, and the efficacy of these fractions on fibroblast proliferation was studied. The fat globule fraction provided the strongest stimulation; its composition was studied and compared with the less-active milk fat globule fraction. The lipid pattern highlighted several differences between mare's colostrum and milk; in particular, total lipid, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, ganglioside, and glycolipid contents were higher in colostrum. A proteomic investigation revealed some differences between the protein composition of colostrum and milk fat globules. Adipophylin and lactadherin were significantly overexpressed in colostrum fat globules. The role of specific lipids on skin wound repair and that of the epidermal growth factor-like domain, embedded within the lactadherin molecule and probably released in conditions stimulating proteolysis, are discussed.


Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2009;60 Suppl 7:41-52. Epub 2009 May 21.

Dietetic effects of oral intervention with mare's milk on the Severity Scoring of Atopic Dermatitis, on faecal microbiota and on immunological parameters in patients with atopic dermatitis.

Foekel C, Schubert R, Kaatz M, Schmidt I, Bauer A, Hipler UC, Vogelsang H, Rabe K, Jahreis G.

Institute of Nutrition, Department of Nutritional Physiology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Jena, Germany.


In a double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial, 23 patients consumed 250 ml mare's milk or placebo for 16 weeks. The aim was to examine the effects of mare's milk on the characteristics of atopic dermatitis (AD), on faecal microbiota and on clinical and immunological parameters. The intensity of AD was examined using the Severity Scoring of Atopic Dermatitis (SCORAD) index. During the mare's milk period, the mean SCORAD value of patients (n=23; 17 females, 6 males) decreased from 30.1 to 25.3 after 12 weeks (P<0.05) and to 26.7 after 16 weeks (P<0.1). In a subgroup (n=7) the SCORAD index and especially the pruritus decreased by 30% through the mare's milk period (P<0.01). In this subgroup, the faecal bifidobacteria increased during the mare's milk period from 4.6% to 11.9% of eubacteria (P<0.05). The immunological parameters, except C-reactive protein, were unchanged.