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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2002

Relationship between thermal denaturation of porcine muscle proteins and water-holding capacity

Deng, Y; Rosenvold, K; Karlsson, AH; Horn, P; Hedegaard, J; Steffensen, CL; Andersen, HJ


Differential scanning calorimetry was used to investigate denaturation characteristics of pork muscle proteins from carriers and noncarriers of the RN-gene. Pork from RN-carriers deviated from noncarriers in maximum denaturation temperatures and denaturation enthalpy, with proteins of RN-carriers being the most heat-labile. Correlation studies on the results showed that water-holding capacity was significantly correlated to changes in enthalpy of the population mainly representing myosin tails and sarcoplasmic proteins (p < 0.001). Finally, the influence of ultimate pH and preheating on thermal characteristics of porcine muscle proteins was studied. Myosin tails and sarcoplasmic proteins were most sensitive to pH changes, while myosin heads were most sensitive to preheating simulating stress-induced temperature increases.


differential scanning calorimetry; muscle; pig; protein denaturation; RN-gene

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Journal of Food Science
2002, Volume: 67, number: 5, pages: 1642-1647

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    Food Science

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