Effect of laccase and transglutaminase on the textural and water-binding properties of cooked chicken breast meat gels

Raija Lantto, Eero Puolanne, Kati Katina, Markku Niemistö, Johanna Buchert, Karin Autio

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The effects of laccase and transglutaminase (TG) on the firmness and weight loss of cooked chicken meat homogenate gels were investigated at laboratory scale. The salt, trisodium pyrophosphate and meat contents were also used as variables. Laccase decreased firmness and increased weight loss of phosphate-free, low-meat (65%) and low-salt (1%) gels, although it modified myosin and troponin T and reacted with isolated myofibrils. By applying both low-salt (1%) and low-phosphate (0.17%) amounts, gel firmness decreased and weight loss increased (p<0.05) greatly. A high dosage of TG significantly improved (p<0.05) the strength of phosphate-free, low-meat and low-salt homogenate gels compared to the corresponding no-enzyme controls. TG improved gel firmness of the low-meat homogenate to the level of the homogenate containing 75% meat. Weight loss was increased significantly (p<0.05) in all cases when the high-TG dosage was used. Enzymes were not capable of improving either texture or water-holding capacity in the low-salt–low-phosphate system. The firmness and cooking loss of the chicken meat products containing different amounts of meat, salt and TG were investigated at pilot scale. Under the conditions and dosages used, TG was capable of improving (p<0.05) firmness of the products without a significant reduction in water-holding capacity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-83
JournalEuropean Food Research and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed



  • Laccase
  • Transglutaminase
  • Chicken myofibril
  • Chicken meat
  • Texture
  • Water-holding capacity

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