Nanoparticles of casein micelles for encapsulation of food ingredients

Huaiqiong Chen, Hailey Wooten, Leslie Thompson, Kang Pan

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In bovine milk, caseins are considered as the dominant proteins, which in total accounts for 80% of the total protein content. With balanced hydrophobic and hydrophilic amino acid chains, caseins can self-assemble into micellar forms at nanoscale and can be used as an effective carrier for delivery of hydrophobic bioactive compounds. Due to their random coil structures, caseins possess excellent stability during thermal processing, enabling their applications in food and beverages. In addition, the recent studies and understanding of the physicochemical properties of individual casein proteins have expanded their potential for other applications. This chapter reviews the physicochemical properties of caseins and casein micelles, available technologies to manipulate nanostructures of caseins, and the utilization of caseins for delivery of bioactive compounds as functional food ingredients.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiopolymer Nanostructures for Food Encapsulation Purposes
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9780128156636
ISBN (Print)9780128156643
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Casein micelles
  • Caseins
  • Encapsulation
  • Food ingredients
  • Structure


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