Concentration-dependent effect of eugenol on porcine myofibrillar protein gel formation

Hongsheng Chen, Jinming Ma, Deyin Pan, Jingjing Diao, Anqi Guo, Runnan Li, Youling L. Xiong

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The effects of different concentrations of eugenol (EG = 0, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 mg/g protein) on the structural properties and gelling behavior of myofibrillar proteins (MPs) were investigated. The interaction of EG and MPs decreased free thiol and amine content, and reduced tryptophan fluorescence intensity and thermal stability, but enhanced surface hydrophobicity and aggregation of MPs. Compared with the control (EG free), the MPs' gels treated with 5 and 10 mg/g of EG had a higher storage modulus, compressive strength, and less cooking loss. A high microscopic density was observed in these EG-treated gels. However, EG at 100 mg/g was detrimental to the gelling properties of the MPs. The results indicate that an EG concentration of 20 mg/g is a turning point, i.e., below 20 mg/g, EG promoted MPs gelation, but above 20 mg/g, it impeded gelation by interfering with protein network formation. The EG modification of MPs could provide a novel ingredient strategy to improve the texture of comminuted meat products.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109187
JournalMeat Science
StatePublished - Jul 2023

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  • Eugenol
  • Gelation
  • Myofibrillar protein
  • Rheology
  • Texture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science


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