Crosslinking food proteins for improved functionality

Johanna Buchert (Corresponding Author), Dilek Ercili Cura, Hairan Ma, Chiara Gasparetti, Evanthia Monogioudi, Greta Faccio, Maija-Liisa Mattinen, Harry Boer, Riitta Partanen, Emilia Selinheimo, Raija Lantto, Kristiina Kruus

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Different possibilities for protein crosslinking are examined in this review, with special emphasis on enzymatic crosslinking and its impact on food structure. Among potential enzymes for protein crosslinking are transglutaminase (TG) and various oxidative enzymes. Crosslinking enzymes can be applied in cereal, dairy, meat, and fish processing to improve the texture of the product. Most of the current commercial applications are based on TG. The reaction mechanisms of the crosslinking enzymes differ, which in turn results in different technological properties.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-138
JournalAnnual review of food science and technology
Publication statusPublished - 2010
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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