Structural modification of myofibrillar proteins by high-pressure processing for functionally improved, value-added, and healthy muscle gelled foods

Xing Chen, Ronald Keith Tume, Youling Xiong, Xinglian Xu, Guanghong Zhou, Conggui Chen, Tadayuki Nishiumi

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The texture, yield, and organoleptic properties of comminuted meat products are closely related to the structure and functionality of myofibrillar proteins (MP). To enhance functional properties of MP, high hydrostatic pressure (HHP) has been widely utilized to modify the structure of MP through protein denaturation, solubilization, aggregation or gelation. This modification depends on the protein system (specie, type and formulation) and HHP condition (pressure intensity, pressurizing gradient, duration time, temperature, pressure/temperature and the sequence of application). However, there remains a lack of a systematic summary of structural changes and structure-function relationship of MP in response to various HHP conditions. Hence, this review first explored the profound knowledge on the structural and functional changes of MP induced by HHP based on previous works and recent progress. Second, to meet the growing demand for economical, nutritional and healthy meat products, recent applications of HHP on the manufacture of low salt, low phosphate and/or low fat gel-type meat products, as well as value-added and texture-modified meat products were highlighted. Finally, future considerations were presented to facilitate progress in this area and to enable HHP as an efficient strategy in tailoring the manufacture of functionally improved, value-added and healthy muscle gelled foods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2981-3003
Number of pages23
JournalCritical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Issue number17
StatePublished - Nov 22 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant 31471601 and Grant 31671875; by the Oversea Study Fellowship from the China Scholarship Council under Grant 201606850029 (to Xing Chen); and by the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions (PAPD).

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© 2017, © 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


  • Myofibrillar protein
  • functionality
  • gel property
  • healthy meat products
  • high pressure
  • structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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