Variations in metabolite contents and protein denaturation of the longissimus dorsi muscle in various porcine quality classifications and metabolic rates

Y. C. Ryu, Y. M. Choi, Byoung-Chul Kim

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The purpose of the present study was to investigate the variations in metabolite contents and muscle protein denaturation in various porcine quality classifications and metabolic rates. A total of 226 crossbred pigs were evaluated. Samples were classified based on muscle pH 45 min and R-value into fast or normal glycolysing group. Drip loss and lightness (L*) were used to assign samples as PSE, RSE, or RFN pork. Normal-glycolysing PSE pork contained an exceptional amount of initial glycogen and the high level of lactate at 24 h postmortem (PM). The initial levels of metabolites related closely with muscle pH, R-value and protein solubility at 45 min PM. The fast glycolysing group exhibited severe protein denaturation during the early postmortem period, and among them, fast-glycolysing PSE pork exhibited most pronounced protein denaturation. Via examination of each sarcoplasmic protein fraction, it was found that the bands for fructose-6-phosphate kinase, creatine kinase, triosephosphate isomerase, and myokinase were generally more evident as fainter bands in the fast-glycolysing pigs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522-529
Number of pages8
JournalMeat Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Nov 1



  • Metabolite contents
  • Pork quality
  • Protein denaturation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science

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