Producing bioactive peptides from left-over proteins of egg yolk after IgY extraction
Chicken egg yolk contains IgY antibodies that target various infectious disease and food allergens. IGY Inc is a company focused on utilizing chicken immune system for antibody production. Their innovative products have applications in food processing, therapeutics and diagnostics. IgY antibody contains 0.64% of total wet egg yolk and after extracting the antibodies, the leftover egg yolk is a material of low commercial value. Egg proteins are well known for its dietary value and also a rich source of bioactive peptides with anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory activities. The primary objective of this study is to develop an, economic and pragmatic technique to produce peptides from egg proteins and to access their different biological activities. Thus the successful completion of this research project will provide information to develop a new Natural Health Product (NHP), which will be beneficial for the long-term and sustainable growth of IgY Inc.