Effect of high pressure processing of Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus) on biochemical changes during commercial frozen storage Public Deposited


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  • This research focuses on biochemical changes related to quality losses observed in Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus) muscle stored under commercial frozen storage conditions (9 months, -18 ºC) when subjected to high-hydrostatic pressure (HHP) treatments (125, 150, 175 and 200 MPa for 0 min) before freezing. After freezing, free fatty acid (FFA) formation (lipid hydrolysis assessment) showed a marked inhibition in HHP-treated fish and during frozen storage of samples treated at 175 MPa. Fluorescence ratio (FR) assessment of tertiary lipid oxidation showed a partial inhibitory effect during the 0-9-month period for samples treated at 175 and 200 MPa. After 3 months storage of samples treated at these pressure levels, one-dimensional SDS-PAGE analysis of the sarcoplasmic protein fraction revealed the disappearance of a band; while samples treated at 150 MPa showed the same effect at month 9. After gel excision, trypsin digestion, tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) and sequence database analysis, the band was identified as phosphoglycerate mutase 2 (28.7 kDa). On the other hand, HHP processing did not show a significant effect on trimethylamine (TMA) values, primary and secondary lipid oxidation, PUFA levels, 1-D myofibril protein pattern and the activity of acid phosphatase and cathepsins B and D. Biochemical quality indices such as FFA, TMA, and FR, and the activity of acid phosphatase and cathepsin B showed a progressive increase throughout the frozen storage of all samples.
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  • Plazos, M., Méndez, L., Fidalgo, L., Vázquez, M., Torres, J. A., Aubourg, S. P., & Saraiva, J. A. (2015). Effect of high pressure processing of Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus) on biochemical changes during commercial frozen storage. Food and Bioprocess Technology, 8(10), 2159-2170. doi:10.1007/s11947-015-1567-z
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