FT-IR and Raman spectroscopies determine structural changes of tilapia fish protein isolate and surimi under different comminution conditions

Yuka Kobayashi, Steven G. Mayer, Jae W. Park

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Tilapia proteins refined by pH shift and water washing were chopped under various comminution conditions and their structural changes were investigated using Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and Raman spectroscopies. Both techniques revealed the degree of unfolding in protein structure increased when fish protein isolate (FPI) and surimi were chopped at 25 °C for 18 min compared to samples chopped at 5 °C for 6 min. Results indicated both hydrophobic interactions and disulfide bonds were significantly enhanced during gelation. FPI and surimi gels prepared at 25 °C for 18 min exhibited higher β-sheet contents and more chemical bonds such as hydrophobic interactions and disulfide bonds than those at 5 °C for 6 min. Results suggested that controlling comminution is important to improve gel qualities in FPI and surimi from tropical fish like tilapia. Moreover, FT-IR and Raman spectroscopies are useful complementary tools for elucidating the change in the structure of protein during comminution and gelation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-164
Number of pages9
JournalFood Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul 1
Externally publishedYes



  • Chopping conditions
  • Fish protein isolate
  • FT-IR spectroscopy
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • Surimi

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Food Science
  • Medicine(all)

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