The aim of the Food Chemistry & Technology Department is to help food processors maintain competitive advantage and secure premium markets. Our Dairy research focuses on cheese, infant formula and dairy based ingredients; Meat research, focusing on quality, whole chain management and recovering value from meat processing streams; Cereal research focusing on product quality and innovation in the bakery industry

Recent Submissions

  • Effect of high pressure processing on the safety, shelf life and quality of raw milk

    Stratakos, Alexandros Ch.; Inguglia, Elena S.; Linton, Mark; Tollerton, Joan; Murphy, Liam; Corcionivoschi, Nicolae; Koidis, Anastasios; Tiwari, Brijesh (Elsevier, 2019-01-14)
    High pressure processing (HPP) was investigated as an alternative to standard raw milk processing. Different pressure levels (400–600 MPa) and exposure times (1–5 min) were tested against artificially inoculated pathogenic E. coli, Salmonella and L. monocytogenes. HPP effectively inactivated bacterial concentration by 5 log CFU/ml. The most effective HPP conditions in terms of pathogen reduction were subsequently utilised to determine the effect of pressure on microbiological shelf life, particle size and colour of milk during refrigerated storage. Results were compared to pasteurised and raw milk. HPP (600 MPa for 3 min) also significantly reduced the total viable counts, Enterobacteriaceae, lactic acid bacteria and Pseudomonas spp. in milk thus prolonging the microbiological shelf life of milk by 1 week compared to pasteurised milk. Particle size distribution curves of raw, pasteurised and HPP milk, showed that raw and HPP milk had more similar casein and fat particle sizes compared to pasteurised milk. The results of this study show the possibility of using HPP to eliminate pathogens present in milk while maintaining key quality characteristics similar to those of raw milk.
  • Evaluation of a fluorescence and infrared backscatter sensor to monitor acid induced coagulation of skim milk

    Panikuttira, Bhavya; Payne, Frederick A.; O'Shea, Norah; Tobin, John; O'Donnell, Colm P.; Dairy Processing Technology Centre; TC/2014/0016 (Elsevier, 2019-05-03)
    A prototype sensor that employs both ultraviolet excited fluorescence and infrared light backscatter was evaluated as an in-line process analytical technology (PAT) tool to monitor acid induced coagulation kinetics of skim milk. Coagulation experiments were carried out at 32 °C using three concentrations of glucono-delta-lactone (GDL). Measurement of storage modulus (G′) of acidified skim milk gel was used as a reference rheological method to monitor the coagulation kinetics. Prediction models were developed to predict the times required for acidified skim milk coagulum to reach selected G′ values (0.5 Pa, 1 Pa, 5 Pa, 10 Pa and 15 Pa) using time parameters extracted from the ultraviolet excited fluorescence and infrared light backscatter profiles. A strong correlation was observed between the predicted times developed using time parameters extracted from the prototype sensor profiles and the measured G′ times extracted from the rheometer (R2 = 0.97, standard error of prediction = 2.8 min). This study concluded that the prototype fluorescence and infrared backscatter sensor investigated combined with the developed rheological prediction model can be used as a potential PAT tool for in-line monitoring of coagulation kinetics in the manufacture of acid induced milk gels. Industrial relevance: The prototype fluorescence and infrared backscatter sensor investigated in this study combined with the developed rheological prediction model can be employed to monitor and control coagulation kinetics in a wide range of dairy processing applications including fresh cheese varieties and yoghurt manufacture.
  • Effect of ultrasound on physicochemical properties of emulsion stabilized by fish myofibrillar protein and xanthan gum

    Xiong, Yao; Li, Qianru; Miao, Song; Zhang, Yi; Zheng, Baodong; Zhang, Longtao; Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University; Fujian Provincial Foreign Cooperation Project; Fujian Provincial Science and Technology Program of Regional Development Project; National Natural Science Foundation of China; et al. (Elsevier, 2019-04-30)
    To investigate the effects ultrasound (20 kHz, 150–600 W) on physicochemical properties of emulsion stabilized by myofibrillar protein (MP) and xanthan gum (XG), the emulsions were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, ζ-potential, particle size, rheology, surface tension, and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). FT-IR spectra confirmed the complexation of MP and XG, and ultrasound did not change the functional groups in the complexes. The emulsion treated at 300 W showed the best stability, with the lowest particle size, the lowest surface tension (26.7 mNm−1) and the largest ζ-potential absolute value (25.4 mV), that were confirmed in the CLSM photos. Ultrasound reduced the apparent viscosity of the MP-XG emulsions, and the changes of particle size were manifested in flow properties. Generally, ultrasound was successfully applied to improve the physical stability of MP-XG emulsion, which could be used as a novel delivery system for functional material.
  • In vitro digestion of protein-enriched restructured beef steaks with pea protein isolate, rice protein and lentil flour following sous vide processing

    Baugreet, Sephora; Gomez, Carolina; Auty, Mark; Kerry, Joseph P.; Hamill, Ruth M; Brodkorb, Andre; Teagasc Walsh Fellowship Programme; Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; 11/F/045 (Elsevier, 2019-04-12)
    The effect of plant protein inclusion in cooked meat upon in vitro gastro-intestinal (GI) digestion was investigated. Pea protein isolate, rice protein and lentil flour were used to increase the protein content in a meat model system restructured using two transglutaminase enzymes [Activa®EB (TG) and Transgluseen™-M (TS)]. Restructured beef steaks were subjected to simulated GI digestion using the static INFOGEST method. Samples taken at different digestion times were analysed using SDS-PAGE, size exclusion-HPLC, free amino acid analysis and microscopy. SDS-PAGE analysis revealed significant protein hydrolysis during GI digestion. Most soluble peptides had a molecular weight smaller than 500 Da, corresponding to peptides of <5 amino acids, regardless of food treatment. The amounts of released, free amino acids isoleucine, lysine, phenylalanine and valine were higher (P < 0.05) in lentil-enriched restructured beef steaks following GI digestion. Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CSLM) revealed pronounced aggregation in digested samples. In vitro digestates of protein-enriched restructured beef steaks showed lower production of small molecular weight peptides. This study demonstrated how the bioaccessibility of protein-enriched restructured beef steaks are influenced by formulation and processing.
  • Principles and mechanisms of ultraviolet light emitting diode technology for food industry applications

    Hinds, Laura M.; O'Donnell, Colm P.; Akhter, Mahbub; Tiwari, Brijesh; Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; 14/F/845 (Elsevier, 2019-04-13)
    The application of ultraviolet (UV) light to water, food contact surfaces and medical equipment for microbial inactivation is widely employed. To date, UV disinfection sources employed are primarily low-pressure and medium-pressure mercury lamps; emitting monochromatic and polychromatic light, respectively. Despite the widespread use of mercury lamps, there are multiple drawbacks associated with their use including; high energy consumption, large size which limits reactor design, high heat emission and the presence of mercury. Light emitting diodes (LEDs) have potential for use as a highly efficient UV decontamination technology. Recent advances in semiconductor development have resulted in UV-LEDs becoming more widely available. UV-LEDs emit monochromatic light, which enables customised UV-LED disinfection systems at specific wavelengths to be developed. The application of UV-LEDs for disinfection purposes has been studied in recent years, particularly with respect to water disinfections systems. In this review, studies relating to UV-LED food applications are discussed. Furthermore, the chemical changes induced in foods, as a result of UV treatment, together with advantages and limitations of the technology are outlined.
  • Shelf-life extension of herring (Clupea harengus) using in-package atmospheric plasma technology

    Albertos, Irene; Martin-Diana, A. B.; Cullen, Patrick J.; Tiwari, Brijesh; Ojha, K. Shikha; Bourke, Paula; Rico, D.; Regional Government of Castille and Leon, Spain; NUGAFU-PEP 2011/769 (Elsevier, 2017-09-17)
    Atmospheric cold plasma is a green and emerging technology, highly interesting to the food industry for its application. Dielectric Barrier Discharges (DBD) can generate atmospheric cold plasma inside sealed packages filled with air through the use of high voltages. This study investigated the use of a large gap DBD design to generate a plasma discharge within the headspace of packaged herring fillets, and its effects on microbiological and quality markers of the fish stored for 11 days at 4 °C. DBD plasma treatment conditions were 70 kV or 80 kV for 5 min treatment time. Results showed that the microbial load (total aerobic mesophilic, total aerobic psychrotrophics, Pseudomonas, lactic acid bacteria and Enterobacteriaceae) were significantly (p < 0.05) lower in the treated samples compared to the control samples. However, samples exposed to the lowest applied voltage better retained key quality factors (lower oxidation and less colour modification). DBD-treatment caused a reduction in trapped water in the myofibrillar network (T21), identified using low-field nuclear magnetic resonance of protons (1H LF NMR). The results indicate that in-package plasma treatment could be employed as an effective treatment for reducing spoilage bacteria in fish.
  • Effects of different freshness on the quality of cooked tuna steak

    Miao, Hanlin; Liu, Qin; Bao, Hairong; Wang, Xichang; Miao, Song; National High-tech Research & Development Program of China; #2012AA092302 (Elsevier, 2017-07-10)
    The variation in quality of yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) steaks of different freshness after cooking were studied by analyzing K value, adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-related compounds content, histamine content, sensory quality, E-nose and E-tongue analysis. The results indicated that when the freshness of raw tuna steak decreased from sashimi grade to cooking grade, IMP content significantly decreased whereas HxR content significantly increased after cooking. With the decrease of freshness, K value of the 4th day sashimi-grade tuna and the 6th day cooking-grade tuna increased from 18% and 24% to 27% and 45% respectively after cooking. The higher histamine content in raw tuna steak, the more significantly increased histamine level of cooked tuna was observed. Raw tuna steaks with sashimi grade have significant variation from those with cooking grade in odor and taste by E-nose and E-tongue analysis after cooking The sensory evaluation showed that the freshness of tuna steak significantly influence the cooking quality (p < 0.05).
  • Phytosterol crystallisation within bulk and dispersed triacylglycerol matrices as influenced by oil droplet size and low molecular weight surfactant addition

    Zychowski, Lisa M.; Logan, Amy; Augustin, Mary Ann; Kelly, Alan L.; O'Mahony, James A.; Conn, Charlotte E.; Auty, Mark; Teagasc; Australian Research Council; 6412; et al. (Elsevier, 2018-04-12)
    Phytosterols can lower LDL-cholesterol and are frequently used by the functional food industry. However, little is known regarding how phytosterol crystallisation can be controlled, despite solubilised phytosterols having improved bioaccessibility. This study investigates phytosterol crystallisation in bulk milk fat and in model dairy emulsion systems at two average droplet sizes, 1.0 and 0.2 µm. The effect of lecithin and monoacylglycerol addition on phytosterol crystallisation for both emulsion and bulk systems was also evaluated. Results demonstrated that lecithin and monoacylglycerols enrichment into the bulk system minimised phytosterol crystallisation. However, in emulsions, phytosterol crystallisation was mainly influenced by decreasing the droplet size. Smaller emulsion droplets containing lecithin showed the greatest potential for decreasing phytosterol crystallisation and had improved physicochemical stability. This information can be employed by the functional food industry to minimise phytosterol crystallisation and possibly improve bioaccessibility.
  • Short communication: Multi-component interactions causing solidification during industrial-scale manufacture of pre-crystallized acid whey powders

    Drapala, Kamil P.; Murphy, Kevin M.; Ho, Quang Tri; Crowley, Shane V.; Mulcahy, Shane; McCarthy, Noel; O'Mahony, James A.; Technology Centres Programme; TC/2014/0016 (Elsevier, 2018-10-03)
    Acid whey (AW) is the liquid co-product arising from acid-induced precipitation of casein from skim milk. Further processing of AW is often challenging due to its high mineral content, which can promote aggregation of whey proteins, which contributes to high viscosity of the liquid concentrate during subsequent lactose crystallization and drying steps. This study focuses on mineral precipitation, protein aggregation, and lactose crystallization in liquid AW concentrates (∼55% total solids), and on the microstructure of the final powders from 2 independent industrial-scale trials. These AW concentrates were observed to solidify either during processing or during storage (24 h) of pre-crystallized concentrate. The more rapid solidification in the former was associated with a greater extent of lactose crystallization and a higher ash-to-protein ratio in that concentrate. Confocal laser scanning microscopy analysis indicated the presence of a loose network of protein aggregates (≤10 µm) and lactose crystals (100–300 µm) distributed throughout the solidified AW concentrate. Mineral-based precipitate was also evident, using scanning electron microscopy, at the surface of AW powder particles, indicating the formation of insoluble calcium phosphate during processing. These results provide new information on the composition- and process-dependent physicochemical changes that are useful in designing and optimizing processes for AW.
  • Evaluation of Vis-NIR hyperspectral imaging as a process analytical tool to classify brined pork samples and predict brining salt concentration

    Achata, Eva M.; Inguglia, Elena S.; Esquerre, Carlos; Tiwari, Brijesh; O'Donnell, Colm P.; Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; 13/FM/508 (Elsevier, 2018-10-20)
    Hyperspectral imaging in the visible and near infrared spectral range (450–1664 nm) coupled with chemometrics was investigated for classification of brined and non-brined pork loins and prediction of brining salt concentration employed. Hyperspectral images of control, water immersed and brined (5, 10 or 15% salt (w/v)) raw and cooked pork loins from 16 animals were acquired. Partial least squares (PLS) discriminative analysis models were developed to classify brined pork samples and PLS regression models were developed for prediction of brining salt concentration employed. The ensemble Monte Carlo variable selection method (EMCVS) was used to improve the performance of the models developed. Partial least squares (PLS) discriminative analysis models developed correctly classified brined and non-brined samples, the best classification model for raw samples (Sen = 100%, Spec = 100%, G = 1.00) used the 957–1664 nm spectral range, and the best classification model for cooked samples (Sen = 100%, Spec = 100%, G = 1.00) used the 450–960 nm spectral range. The best brining salt concentration prediction models developed for raw (RMSEp 1.9%, R2p 0.92) and cooked (RMSEp 2.6%, R2p 0.83) samples used the 957–1664 nm spectral range. This study demonstrates the high potential of hyperspectral imaging as a process analytical tool to classify brined and non-brined pork loins and predict brining salt concentration employed.
  • Preparation of modified whey protein isolate with gum acacia by ultrasound maillard reaction

    Chen, Weijun; Ma, Xiaobin; Wang, Wenjun; Lv, Ruiling; Guo, Mingming; Ding, Tian; Ye, Xingqian; Miao, Song; Liu, Donghong; National Key Research and Development Program of China; et al. (Elsevier, 2018-10-18)
    Effect of ultrasound treatment on whey protein isolate (WPI)-gum Acacia (GA) conjugation via Maillard reaction was investigated. And the physicochemical properties of the conjugates obtained by ultrasound treatment were compared with those obtained by classical heating. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, high-performance size exclusion chromatography and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy provided evidence on the formation of the Maillard type conjugation. Compared with classical heating, ultrasound treatment could accelerate the glycation reaction between WPI and GA. A degree of graft of 11.20% was reached by classical heating for 48 h, whereas only 20 min was required by ultrasound treatment. Structural analyses suggested that the conjugates obtained by ultrasound treatment had less α-helix content, higher surface hydrophobicity and fluorescence intensity than those obtained by classical heating. Significantly lower level of browning intensity and significantly higher (p < 0.05) level of solubility (under alkaline conditions), thermal stability, emulsifying activity and emulsifying stability were observed for the conjugates obtained by ultrasound treatment as compared with those obtained by classical heating.
  • Comparison of antioxidant activities of bovine whey proteins before and after simulated gastrointestinal digestion

    Corrochano, Alberto R.; Sariçay, Yunus; Arranz, Elena; Kelly, Philip M.; Buckin, Vitaly; Giblin, Linda; Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Teagasc Walsh Fellowship Programme; 13 F 354-WheyGSH (Elsevier, 2018-10-24)
    Oxidative stress caused by free radicals has been implicated in several human disorders. Dietary antioxidants can help the body to counteract those reactive species and reduce oxidative stress. Antioxidant activity is one of the multiple health-promoting attributes assigned to bovine whey products. The present study investigated whether this activity was retained during upper gut transit using a static simulated in vitro gastrointestinal digestion (SGID) model. The capacity to scavenge free radicals and reduce ferric ion of whey protein isolate (WPI), individual whey proteins, and hydrolysates pre- and post-SGID were measured and compared using various antioxidant assays. In addition, the free AA released from individual protein fractions in physiological gut conditions were characterized. Our results indicated that the antioxidant activity of WPI after exposure to the harsh conditions of the upper gut significantly increased compared with intact WPI. From an antioxidant bioactivity viewpoint, this exposure negates the need for prior hydrolysis of WPI. The whey protein α-lactalbumin showed the highest antioxidant properties post-SGID (oxygen radical absorbance capacity = 1,825.94 ± 50.21 μmol of Trolox equivalents/g of powder) of the 4 major whey proteins tested with the release of the highest amount of the antioxidant AA tryptophan, 6.955 μmol of tryptophan/g of protein. Therefore, α-lactalbumin should be the preferred whey protein in food formulations to boost antioxidant defenses.
  • Comparison of the nutritional composition of experimental fermented milk:wheat bulgur blends and commercially available kishk and tarhana products

    O'Callaghan, Yvonne C.; Shevade, Ashwini V.; Guinee, Timothy P.; O'Connor, Tom P.; O'Brien, Nora M.; Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; 14/F/805 (Elsevier, 2018-11-05)
    Dried, fermented blends of dairy products and cereals, such as kishk and tarhana, are foodstuffs traditionally consumed in many regions as they possess good nutritional qualities and extended storage stability. This study examined the nutritional composition of kishk or tarhana type products and compared with experimental blends of fermented milk and wheat bulgur containing 60–80% milk. The blends with higher milk contents had levels of protein (18.9%) and fat (5.8%) at the concentrations specified in fortified blended foods as outlined by the World Food Program. Higher milk contents were also associated with higher contents of calcium (323.2 mg/100 g), phosphorus (335.3 mg/100 g), vitamin A (486.7 µg/100 g) and α-tocopherol (174.5 µg/100 g). The nutritional content of the experimental fermented milk:wheat bulgur blends compared favourably with that of the commercial samples. These blends may be suitable as base products, to be fortified with micronutrients, for the development of fortified blended foods (FBFs) for humanitarian distribution.
  • Modelling the changes in viscosity during thermal treatment of milk protein concentrate using kinetic data

    Ho, Quang Tri; Murphy, Kevin M.; Drapala, Kamil P.; Fenelon, Mark A.; O'Mahony, James A.; Tobin, John; McCarthy, Noel; Enterprise Ireland; TC/2014/0016 (Elsevier, 2018-10-24)
    This work aimed to model the effect of heat treatment on viscosity of milk protein concentrate (MPC) using kinetic data. MPC obtained after ultrafiltration was subjected to different time-temperature heat treatment combinations. Heat treatment at high temperature and short time (i.e., 100 or 120 °C×30 s) led to a significant increase in viscosity in MPC systems. Second-order reaction kinetic models proved a better fit than zero- or first-order models when fitted for viscosity response to heat treatment. A distinct deviation in the slope of the Arrhenius plot at 77.9 °C correlated to a significant increase in the rate of viscosity development at temperatures above this, confirming the transition of protein denaturation from the unfolding to the aggregation stage. This study demonstrated that heat-induced viscosity of MPC as a result of protein denaturation/aggregation can be successfully modelled in response to thermal treatment, providing useful new information in predicting the effect of thermal treatment on viscosity of MPC.
  • Using rejection thresholds to determine acceptability of novel bioactive compounds added to milk-based beverages

    Murray, Niamh M.; Jacquier, Jean Christophe; O'Sullivan, Michael; Hallihan, Áine; Murphy, Eoin; Feeney, Emma L.; O'Riordan, Dolores; Enterprise Ireland; TC2013001 (Elsevier, 2018-11-03)
    This study aimed to identify the amount of crude casein-hydrolysate (HMW) and a low molecular weight sub-fraction (LMW) thereof that could be incorporated into strawberry- and vanilla-flavoured beverages before the bitterness/taste became objectionable to panellists. The beverages were spiked with increasing amounts of hydrolysate and a 2-alternative forced choice (2-AFC) design was employed to determine rejection thresholds (RjT). Results showed a higher amount of HMW, than LMW, could be incorporated into the beverages before the taste became objectionable and the type of flavouring did not have a significant effect on RjT. Following the 2-AFC, panellists rated the bitterness of the hydrolysates (in water) on a general Labelled Magnitude Scale (gLMS). Results showed no significant differences between the bitterness perception of the HMW and LMW. However, there was considerable variation in the panellists’ perception of bitterness, suggesting possible evidence for segmentation. Using this rationale, each panel was segmented into two groups: those who rated the bitterness of the hydrolysate samples as ≤20 on the gLMS and, those who rated the bitterness as ≥75 on the gLMS, and RjT were examined within them. Although a trend was seen for those most sensitive to bitterness in water, to have a lower acceptance for the level in the beverages, the RjT of the segmented groups were not significantly different from each other. Evaluation of hydrolysates in water does therefore not appear to be suitable for predicting consumer acceptance of hydrolysates in food matrices; highlighting the importance of testing food ingredients in the final food product.
  • The effect of buttermilk or buttermilk powder addition on functionality, textural, sensory and volatile characteristics of Cheddar-style cheese

    Hickey, Cian D.; O'Sullivan, Maurice G.; Davis, Jessica; Scholz, Dimitri; Kilcawley, Kieran N; Wilkinson, M.G.; Sheehan, Jeremiah J.; Dairy Levy Trust; 6259 (Elsevier, 2017-09-28)
    The influence of buttermilk or buttermilk powder addition to cheese milk or cheese curds respectively on cheese functional properties, free fatty acid profiles and subsequent volatile and sensory characteristics was investigated. Buttermilk addition to cheese milk resulted in a softer cheese compared to other cheeses, with a significantly reduced flowability, while buttermilk powder addition had no influence on cheese firmness but cheese flowability was also reduced compared to the control cheese. Larger pools of free fat, higher levels of free fatty acids, volatile compounds and significant differences in sensory profiles associated with off-flavour were also observed with the addition of buttermilk to cheese milk. Application of light microscopy, using toluidine blue stain, facilitated the visualisation of fat globule structure and distribution within the protein matrix. Addition of 10% buttermilk powder resulted in significant increases in volatile compounds originating from proteolysis pathways associated with roasted, green aromas. Descriptive sensory evaluation indicated few differences between the 10% buttermilk powder and the control cheese, while buttermilk cheeses scored negatively for sweaty, barnyard aromas, oxidized and off flavors, correlating with associated volatile aromas. Addition of 10% buttermilk powder to cheese curds results in cheese comparable to the control Cheddar with some variations in volatile compounds resulting in a cheese with similar structural and sensory characteristics albeit with subtle differences in overall cheese flavor. This could be manipulated to produce cheeses of desirable quality, with potential health benefits due to increased phospholipid levels in cheese.
  • Paste structure and rheological properties of lotus seed starch–glycerin monostearate complexes formed by high-pressure homogenization

    Chen, Bingyan; Guo, Zebin; Zeng, Shaoxiao; Tian, Yuting; Miao, Song; Zheng, Baodong; National Natural Science Foundation of China; Scientific and Technological Innovation Team Support Plan of Institution of Higher Learning in Fujian Province; Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University of China; 31501485; et al. (Elsevier, 2017-10-31)
    Starch–lipid complexes were prepared using lotus seed starch (LS) and glycerin monostearate (GMS) via a high-pressure homogenization (HPH) process, and the effect of HPH on the paste structure and rheological properties of LS–GMS was investigated. Rapid Visco Analyser (RVA) profiles showed that HPH treatment inhibited the formation of the second viscosity peak of the LS–GMS paste, and the extent of this change was dependent on the level of homogenized pressure. Analysis of the size-exclusion chromatography, light microscopy, and low-field 1H nuclear magnetic resonance results revealed that high homogenized pressure (70–100 MPa) decreased molecular weight and size by degrading the branch structure of amylopectin; however, intact LS–GMS granules can optimize the network structure by filler–matrix interaction, which causes free water to transition into immobile water in the starch paste. The steady-shear results showed that the LS–GMS pastes presented non-Newtonian shear-thinning behavior, with higher homogenized pressure producing a smaller hysteresis loop area. During the oscillation process, the LS–GMS pastes prepared at 100 MPa exhibited the lowest loss tangent values in all the complexes, indicating a stronger resistance to vibration.
  • Impact of ultrasound and blanching on functional properties of hot-air dried and freeze dried onions

    Ren, F.; Perussello, C. A.; Zhang, Z.; Kerry, Joseph P.; Tiwari, Brijesh; Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; FIRM 450 06/TNI/AFRC6 (Elsevier, 2017-08-22)
    The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of ultrasonic treatment and blanching prior to hot-air drying and freeze drying of onions on the retention of bioactive compounds (total phenolics, total flavonoids, and quercetin). Onion slices were treated either with ultrasound at 20 kHz and different amplitude levels (24.4–61 μm) for 1, 3 and 5 min or with blanching using hot water at 70 °C for 1, 3 and 5 min. The ultrasound treatment improved the retention of bioactive compounds (especially quercetin) and accordingly the antioxidant activity in onion slices dried either by freeze drying or hot-air drying. This is ascribed to the destruction of the original tissue structure by ultrasound and thus higher extraction ability of the studied phytochemicals. Comparing ultrasound treated samples, freeze dried onions had a higher retention of bioactive compounds than hot-air dried ones. Blanched and ultrasound treated dried onions exhibited similar colour change. Therefore, ultrasound treatment is a potential alternative to conventional blanching before drying of onion slices.
  • Simulated gastrointestinal digestion of nisin and interaction between nisin and bile

    Gough, Ronan; O'Connor, Paula M.; Rea, Mary C.; Gomez-Sala, Beatriz; Miao, Song; Hill, Colin; Brodkorb, Andre; Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Teagasc Walsh Fellowship Programme; 10/RD/TMFRC/701 (Elsevier, 2017-08-14)
    Nisin, an antimicrobial peptide showing activity against many Gram positive bacteria, is widely used as a food preservative. The simulated gastrointestinal digestion of nisin (variant A) was studied using the in vitro INFOGEST digestion method. Following oral, gastric and small intestinal digestion, there was no intact nisin in the system and the nisin was primarily digested by pancreatin. After digestion, six nisin fragments (1–11, 1–12, 1–20, 1–21, 1–29 and 1–32) were identified by reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography and mass spectroscopy and four of these nisin fragments (1–20, 1–21, 1–29 and 1–32) demonstrated low antibacterial activity against Lactococcus lactis HP in agar diffusion activity assays. Additionally, it was observed that bile salts form a complex with nisin. This was examined by atomic force microscopy, turbidity and dynamic light scattering, which showed that this interaction resulted in significantly larger bile salt micelles. The presence of bile salts at physiological levels significantly altered the relative amounts of the nisin fragments 1–12, 1–20 and 1–29 produced during an in vitro digestion. This study highlights the importance of including bile in simulated digestions of antimicrobial peptides in order to obtain a more accurate simulation of the in vivo digestion products and their activity.
  • Bovine glycomacropeptide promotes the growth of Bifidobacterium longum ssp. infantis and modulates its gene expression

    O'Riordan, Noelle; O'Callaghan, John; Butto, Ludovica F.; Kilcoyne, Michelle; Joshi, Lokesh; Hickey, Rita M.; Teagasc Walsh Fellowship Programme (Elsevier, 2018-05-24)
    Bovine milk glycomacropeptide (GMP) is derived from κ-casein, with exclusively o-linked glycosylation. Glycomacropeptide promoted the growth of Bifidobacterium longum ssp. infantis in a concentration-dependent manner, and this activity was lost following periodate treatment of the GMP (GMP-P), which disables biological recognition of the conjugated oligosaccharides. Transcriptional analysis of B. longum ssp. infantis following exposure to GMP revealed a substantial response to GMP relative to bacteria treated with GMP-P, with a greater number of differentially expressed transcripts and larger fold changes versus the control. Therefore, stimulation of B. longum ssp. infantis growth by GMP is intrinsically linked to the peptide's O-linked glycosylation. The pool of differentially expressed transcripts included 2 glycoside hydrolase (family 25) genes, which were substantially upregulated following exposure to GMP, but not GMP-P. These GH25 genes were present in duplicated genomic islands that also contained genes encoding fibronectin type III binding domain proteins and numerous phage-related proteins, all of which were also upregulated. Homologs of this genomic arrangement were present in other Bifidobacterium species, which suggest it may be a conserved domain for the utilization of glycosylated peptides. This study provides insights into the molecular basis for the prebiotic effect of bovine milk GMP on B. longum ssp. infantis.

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