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Heliyon. 2018 Oct 23;4(10):e00877. doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2018.e00877. eCollection 2018 Oct.

Amino acid composition and antioxidant properties of Moringa oleifera seed protein isolate and enzymatic hydrolysates.

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Department of Food Science and Technology, The Federal University of Technology, Akure, P.M.B. 704, Akure, Nigeria.
Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2, Canada.


The aim of this work was to compare the antioxidant and angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitory properties of Moringa oleifera seed protein isolate (ISO) and its enzymatic protein hydrolysates. ISO was subjected to enzymatic (alcalase, pepsin and trypsin) hydrolysis to obtain alcalase isolate, pepsin isolate and trypsin isolate hydrolysates (AIH, PIH, TIH). Amino acid composition was similar for the samples except that TIH had lower Sulphur-containing amino acids while PIH was lower in tryptophan. All the samples were tested for antioxidant properties through free radical scavenging abilities such as 2,2 diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) and hydroxyl radical scavenging assays as well as ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) and metal ion chelation assays. The maximum percentage inhibition obtained for the samples from the different assays are: DPPH, 36% (PIH); FRAP, 0.04% (PIH); hydroxyl radical scavenging activity, 42.98% (ISO); and inhibition of metal ion chelation, 29.46% (AIH). AIH (79.3%) had the highest ACE-inhibitory activity followed by TIH (75.1%) while PIH (43.0%) had the least. Generally, the hydrolysis process produced hydrolysates with improved antioxidant and ACE-inhibitory properties when compared to the isolate. We conclude that enzymatic hydrolysis with alcalase, pepsin and trypsin may be used to produce M. oleifera seed protein hydrolysates with potential to be used as ingredients for the formulation of functional foods and nutraceuticals.


Food analysis; Food science

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