Micropreparative two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis has been used to separate milk whey proteins from the Tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii). We have used a combination of amino acid analysis and N-terminal sequence tagging as a rapid and sensitive method to identify the major whey proteins. Using these techniques, we confidently identified α-lactalbumin and late lactation protein. While these are the only two M. eugenii whey proteins with a corresponding SWISS-PROT entry, we demonstrate that by using amino acid analysis and matching across species boundaries, we can identify previously unsequenced conserved wallaby whey proteins including β-lactoglobulin and serum albumin.
- amino acid analysis
- protein identification
- sequence tagging
- two-dimensional polyacrylamide gele electrophoresis
- whey proteins