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  • Current Strategies for Enhancing the Bioavailability of Food Peptides

    Food peptides are being viewed as vital ingredients of functional foods, as well as nutraceuticals that could be used to promote good health, and lower the risks of getting certain types of chronic illnesses. But, though it has been shown that peptides have a variety of health benefits, including the ability to assert multiple benefits by chemical assays, animal models, and cell culture, it has been an arduous and time-consuming task to translate the new findings into commercial or practical applications.
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  • Structural Analysis Techniques for Membrane Peptides

    There are various biophysical techniques used for determining both the secondary and tertiary structures of membrane peptides, in order to understand the mechanism of their uptake, as well as their actions on the membranes.

    The methods are mainly used to investigate the peptide’s orientation relative to their thermodynamic properties, and their binding abilities. Currently, it has been reported that there are 313 AMP structures present in the Protein Data Bank – PDB. In this piece, we will explore the various methodologies that were applied in the determination of these, and other structures that have been established so far.
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  • Current Strategies Being Utilized to Improve Bioavailability of Food Peptides

    One of the greatest obstacles in overcoming the challenges associated with the bioavailability of food peptides, has always been a lack of knowledge or adequate results in studies involving the mechanisms through which bioactive peptides are transported.

    With clearer knowledge about the mechanisms involved in the transportation of bioactive peptides, as well as clear insights into the factors that affect their absorption, it becomes relatively easy for scientists to come up with various strategies to enhance the bioavailability of the peptides, and also how to maintain their potency in in vivo. This is because the scientist will have a clearer picture of what they need to overcome in order to make the peptides more bioavailable.
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  • What You Need to Know About the Current State of Absorption of Food Peptides

    The absorption of most of the digested foods usually takes place in the jejunum. This is normally where the chyme enters from the stomach, pending it being broken down to its constituent nutrients, which are then taken into systemic circulation across the walls of the small intestines. For a very long time, the traditional belief was that once a peptide is ingested, through the processes of digestion, the peptides could be broken down by the digestive enzymes into their constituent amino acids, which could then be easily assimilated through the epithelial cells of the small intestines.
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  • Food Derived Bioactive Peptides and the Human Health

    The physiochemical functions of proteins in food are continuously being appreciated by many. In addition to their dietary benefits, several studies continue to reveal that they have more to offer than just nourishing the body. Many of the physiochemical functions of most of the naturally occurring proteins are through the actions of peptide sequences that have been encrypted inside the parent proteins. Bioactive peptides refer to peptide sequences within a protein with beneficial activities on various body functions and have the ability to impact human health beyond its known nutritional benefits. Bioactive peptides have the ability to regulate vital body functions through a variety of activities, including antimicrobial, immunomodulatory, and antioxidant, antithrombotic, and mineral binding functions.
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  • Everything You Need To Know About Bioactive Peptides

    Bioactive Peptides, simply known as BP, refer to certain specific protein segments that display positive impacts on certain body functions or conditions that may ultimately impact health. At the moment, it is believed that there are over 1500 bioactive peptides that have already been reported in the Biopep Database – the database dedicated to keeping the records of all discovered bioactive peptides in the world. Bioactive peptides can also be viewed as organic substances formed by amino acids which have been joined by covalent bonds.
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  • The Diverse Functions of Bioactive Peptides Derived From Food Proteins

    The last few decades have seen increased activity and focus in the domains of functional foods and bioactive peptides. The focus is not only being generated by the scientists but also potential consumers who are keen to find out more about these subjects as the knowledge and awareness about bioactive peptides and their benefits increasingly become available to the masses.

    Currently, it is widely known that certain food proteins and food-derived peptides have the ability to create certain beneficial physiological effects, and as such, they come with a great potential for influencing human health, and may also help in lowering the risks associated with certain chronic diseases. Because of this, it has become apparent that the commercial interest in the development of these products with potential health benefits has increased considerably.
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  • Current Innovations and Computational Methods for Peptide-Protein Interactions

    Just like protein-protein interaction, the structural information needed for drug targets usually comes with limited prediction accuracy for pepPIs. Following the absence of protein co-structures, most of the clinical studies and trials tend to rely on existing information, obtained from structural databases like the Protein Data Bank – PDB, in the identification of sequence-binding motifs for peptide designs.
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  • What You Need To Know About Peptide and Protein-Protein Interaction

    Proteins are made up of amino acids, and they are the basic building blocks of life. Peptides are a result of amino acids, which have been coded by the genes to form peptides, which then form the various types of proteins known today. Also, proteins have a crucial role to play in a variety of biological processes, such as transportation of molecules, immune reactions, catalytic reactions, and even signal transduction between cells.
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  • Approaches Used To Overcome the Top Drawbacks of Peptide Drugs

    Drug delivery to patient neoplasm is an area that has experienced major challenges, and it still possesses ongoing clinical challenges. Nearly five decades ago, the research world saw the proposal of function-blocking monoclonal antibodies, as a therapy for cancer. However, these particles had large molecular sizes that made their commercial development for anti-body fragment therapies, a huge challenge. However, with improvements and advancements in technologies, they were later approved for commercialized cancer therapeutics and diagnostics, two decades later.
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