Lamb carcasses were subjected to low-voltage electrical stimulation (ES; 28 V, 60 Hz) within 5 min postmortem (PM). After ES, the longissimus thoracis (LT) and semimembranosus (SM) muscles were removed to investigate subsequent biochemical changes. The pH values of the ES muscles declined rapidly until the 1(st) 3 h PM (p < 0.05). The activities of μ-calpain and calpastatin in ES muscles decreased significantly after 10 h PM (p < 0.05). Both ES LT and SM muscles tended to have lower shear-force values, which suggested ES might accelerate activation of calpains as well as glycolytic rate, thereby improving muscle tenderness. Differences in titin and troponin-T degradation between treatments were also observed with time PM.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Food Science|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|
- Glycolytic rate
- Low-voltage electrical stimulation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Food Science