Effect of myosin heavy chain isoforms on muscle fiber characteristics and meat quality in porcine longissimus muscle

Y. M. Choi, Y. C. Ryu, B. C. Kim

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Abstract

This study examined the effect of the myosin heavy chain (MHC) isoforms on the muscle fiber characteristics, protein denaturation and meat quality in the porcine longissimus muscle. MHC 1 isoform content showed a higher correlation with the number and area (r = 0.74- 0.77) percentage of fiber type I than other isoforms. The low group, categorized by low MHC 1 isoform content, had a lower pH45min a paler surface and a higher drip loss than the high group. Moreover, the MHC 1 isoform content showed a positive correlation with the level of protein solubility (r = 0.42 - 0.45). These results suggest that the contents of the MHC isoforms affect the biochemical characteristics of the muscles and pork quality. Therefore, the contents of the MHC isoforms, particularly MHC 1 isoform, are a useful parameter for examining the variation in protein denaturation and meat quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-427
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Muscle Foods
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Oct

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science

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