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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Analyses of Tyrosine Crosslinks in Wheat and Other Grains

Authors
item Tilley, K - KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
item Bagorogoza, K - KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
item Kwen, H - KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
item Tilley, Michael

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: June 28, 2001
Publication Date: October 14, 2001
Citation: Tilley, K.A., Bagorogoza, K.E., Kwen, H., Tilley, M. 2001. Analyses of tyrosine crosslinks in wheat and other grains. Abstract No. 109 in: 2001 AACC Annual Meeting Program Book. p.99. Meeting Abstract.

Interpretive Summary: Presented at the 2001 American Association of Cereal Chemists Annual Meeting held in Charlotte, NC, from October 14-18, 2001.

Technical Abstract: Formation of the three-dimensional protein network known as "gluten" during dough mixing and breadmaking processes is extremely complex. It has been established that a specific subset of the proteins comprising the gluten complex, the glutenin subunits, directly affects breadmaking quality. Glutenin subunits have not been shown to exhibit any definitive structural differences that can be directly correlated to their ability to aggregate into the gluten complex and affect breadmaking quality. Evidence presented here indicates that tyrosine bonded species form in wheat doughs during the processes of mixing and baking and are major contributors to the structure of the gluten network. Various oxidizing and reducing agents that have been used in the baking industry directly affect tyrosine bonds. Tyrosine bonds between synthetic glutenin peptides form in vitro under baking conditions in the presence of potassium bromate and in the presence of water-soluble extract of flour. Bond structures and formation during the breadmaking processes have been documented by HPLC, NMR and mass spectroscopic analyses. Flours and doughs from other non- wheat grains have been examined for their abilities to form tyrosine crosslinks. Comparisons of tyrosine crosslinks in soft, hard and durum wheats have been made and show dramatic differences. The formation of tyrosine crosslinks in developing wheat kernels has also been documented, shedding light on the biological mechanisms for tyrosine crosslink formation. The relevance of these data to wheat quality will be discussed.

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