Heat-induced changes in the susceptibility of egg white proteins to enzymatic hydrolysis: a kinetic study

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Iesel Van der PlanckenMarc E Hendrickx


A kinetic study was conducted on the effect of heating in the temperature range of 50-92 degrees C, on the susceptibility of ovalbumin and albumen solutions to enzymatic hydrolysis by a mixture of trypsin and alpha-chymotrypsin at 37 degrees C and pH 8.0. Heat treatment resulted in an increase in degree of hydrolysis after 10 min of enzymatic reaction of both ovalbumin and albumen, as measured using the pH-stat method. The time-dependent change in the susceptibility to enzymatic hydrolysis after heat treatment was described by a fractional conversion model (based on an apparent first-order reaction kinetic model). Different end levels of degree of hydrolysis were obtained after heating for a long time at different temperatures, which suggests that the final degree of unfolding of the protein is temperature dependent.


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