• Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Heat-induced Aggregates of Whey Protein Isolate

      O'Loughlin, Ian B.; Murray, Brian A.; Kelly, Philip M.; Fitzgerald, Richard J.; Brodkorb, Andre (American Chemical Society, 26/04/2012)
      The effects of heat induced denaturation and subsequent aggregation of Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) solutions on the rate of enzymatic hydrolysis was investigated. Denaturation of whey proteins was monitored by reversed-phase and size exclusion HPLC and observed by native- and SDS-PAGE. Treated and un-treated WPI solutions (100 g L-1 protein) were hydrolysed to a target degree of hydrolysis (DH) of 5 % with Corolase® PP. Aggregate formation was monitored using light microscopy, with size distribution determined by particle size. Viscosity and surface hydrophobicity exhibited large increases with heat-treatment and the major protein components in WPI showed differences in their rates of aggregation. Results revealed an increased rate of hydrolysis of protein solutions, which were subjected to a pre-hydrolysis heattreatment. Light and Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM) images illustrated the optical clarification of the solution, weakening of the gel network and disintegration of aggregates indicative of hydrolysis. Comparison of samples where there was a heat-treatment prior to hydrolysis and a control non-treated hydrolysis reaction, revealed significant differences in the time to reach 5 %DH (P < 0.001). The heat-treatments ≥ 75 ºC for 5 min produced significantly (P < 0.001) more rapid reactions than the other 5 heat-treatments and the control un-treated reaction. The viscosity, surface hydrophobicity, and insolubility of the heat-treated WPI solutions subsequently declined upon their hydrolysis. The extensive aggregation in some heattreated solutions was postulated to relate to the congruent increased rate of hydrolysis. This study demonstrated that prior thermal treatment of ≥ 75 ºC for 5 min can accelerate the enzymatic hydrolysis reaction of WPI with Corolase® PP.
    • Selective enrichment of dairy phospholipids in a buttermilk substrate through investigation of enzymatic hydrolysis of milk proteins in conjunction with ultrafiltration

      Barry, Kate M.; Dinan, Timothy G.; Kelly, Philip M.; Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland; Teagasc Walsh Fellowship Programme; 10RD/TMFRC/709 (Elsevier, 04/02/2017)
      Extensive enzymatic hydrolysis of milk proteins in reconstituted buttermilk powder was combined with ultrafiltration to generate a phospholipid (PL) enriched fraction with maximum permeation of hydrolysed peptides. Buttermilk, naturally high in PLs, is the ideal substrate for enrichment of these bio- and techno-functionally active compounds. A 7.8 fold increase in PL was achieved in the 50 kDa retentate; 6.16 ± 0.02% total PL compared with 0.79 ± 0.01% in the starting substrate, an increase considerably greater than previously reported. Total lipid content (% dry matter) increased 6.3 fold in the retentate, 43.43 ± 0.61%, from the starting substrate, 6.84 ± 0.17%. This combined strategic approach enabled maximum enrichment of PLs with no transmission of lipid material into the permeate, 0.09 ± 0.02% total lipid, and non-detectable levels of PLs recovered in the permeate, 0.00 ± 0.01% total PL.