Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis


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Preface ..................................................................................................................................ix Editors ..................................................................................................................................xi Contributors ...................................................................................................................... xiii

PART I: CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY 1 Introduction—Importance of Analysis in Seafood and Seafood Products,
Variability and Basic Concepts.....................................................................................3

2 Peptides and Proteins .................................................................................................11

3 Proteomics ..................................................................................................................21

4 Seafood Genomics ......................................................................................................43

5 Nucleotides and Nucleosides ......................................................................................57

6 Lipid Compounds.......................................................................................................69

7 Lipid Oxidation ..........................................................................................................87

8 Volatile Aroma Compounds in Fish ...........................................................................97


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PART II: PROCESSING CONTROL 9 Basic Composition: Rapid Methodologies ...............................................................121

10 Microstructure .........................................................................................................139

11 Chemical Sensors .....................................................................................................153

12 Physical Sensors and Techniques .............................................................................169

13 Methods for Freshness Quality and Deterioration...................................................189

14 Analytical Methods to Differentiate Farmed from Wild Seafood ............................215

15 Smoke Flavoring Technology in Seafood .................................................................233

PART III: NUTRITIONAL QUALITY 16 Composition and Calories ........................................................................................257

17 Essential Amino Acids ..............................................................................................287

18 Antioxidants .............................................................................................................309

19 Vitamins ...................................................................................................................327

20 Minerals and Trace Elements ...................................................................................351

21 Analysis of n-3 and n-6 Fatty Acids ..........................................................................377

PART IV: SENSORY QUALITY 22 Quality Assessment of Fish and Fishery Products by Color Measurement ..............395

23 Instrumental Texture ...............................................................................................425

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24 Aroma .......................................................................................................................439

25 Quality Index Methods ............................................................................................463

26 Sensory Descriptors ..................................................................................................481

27 Sensory Aspects of Heat-Treated Seafood.................................................................499

PART V: SAFETY 28 Assessment of Seafood Spoilage and the Microorganisms Involved.........................515

29 Detection of Fish Spoilage........................................................................................537

30 Detection of the Principal Foodborne Pathogens in Seafoods and
Seafood-Related Environments ................................................................................557

31 Parasites....................................................................................................................579

32 Techniques of Diagnosis of Fish and Shellfish Virus and Viral Diseases .................603

33 Marine Toxins ..........................................................................................................649

34 Detection of Adulterations: Addition of Foreign Proteins .......................................675

35 Detection of Adulterations: Identification of Seafood Species .................................687

36 Veterinary Drugs ......................................................................................................713

37 Differentiation of Fresh and Frozen–Thawed Fish ...................................................735

38 Spectrochemical Methods for the Determination of Metals in
Seafood .....................................................................................................................751

39 Food Irradiation and Its Detection ..........................................................................773

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40 Analysis of Dioxins in Seafood and Seafood Products .............................................797

41 Environmental Contaminants: Persistent Organic Pollutants .................................817

42 Biogenic Amines in Seafood Products......................................................................833

43 Residues of Food Contact Materials .........................................................................851

44 Detection of GM Ingredients in Fish Feed ...............................................................871

Index .................................................................................................................................889

There are several seafood and seafood products, which represent some of the most important foods in almost all types of societies, including those in developed and developing countries. The intensive production of fish and shellfish has raised some concerns related to the nutritional and sensory qualities of cultured fish in comparison to their wild-catch counterparts. In addition, there are several processing and preservation technologies, from traditional drying or curing to high-pressure processing, and different methods of storage. This increase of variability in products attending the consumers’ demands necessitates the use of adequate analytical methodologies as presented in this book. These analyses will be focused on the chemistry and biochemistry of postmortem seafood; the technological, nutritional, and sensory qualities; as well as the safety aspects related to processing and preservation. This book contains 44 chapters. Part I—Chemistry and Biochemistry (Chapters 1 through 8)—focuses on the analysis of the main chemical and biochemical compounds of seafood. Chapter 1 provides a general introduction to the topics covered in this book. Part II—Processing Control (Chapters 9 through 15)—describes the analysis of technological quality and the use of some nondestructive techniques. Various methods to differentiate between farmed and wild seafood, to check freshness, and to evaluate smoke flavoring are discussed in these chapters. Part III—Nutritional Quality (Chapters 16 through 21)—deals with the analysis of nutrients in muscle foods such as essential amino acids, omega fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. Part IV—Sensory Quality (Chapters 22 through 27)—covers the sensory quality and the main analytical tools to determine the color texture, the flavor and off-flavor, etc. Sensory descriptors and sensory aspects of heat-treated seafood are also discussed. Finally, Part V—Safety (Chapters 28 through 44)—is concerned with safety, especially related to analytical tools, for the detection of pathogens, parasites, viruses, marine toxins, antibiotics, adulterations, and chemical toxic compounds from the environment generated during processing, or intentionally added, that can be found in either cultured or wild-catch seafood. The last chapter also deals with the analysis of genetically modified ingredients in fish feed. This book provides an overview of the analytical tools available for the analysis of seafood, either cultured fish or their wild-catch counterparts, and its derived products. It also provides an extensive description of techniques and methodologies for quality assurance, and describes analytical methodologies for safety control. In summary, this handbook deals with the main types of analytical techniques available worldwide, and the methodologies for the analysis of seafood and seafood products.



We would like to thank all the contributors for their excellent work. Their hard work and dedication have resulted in this comprehensive and prized handbook. We wish them all the very best in their academic and/or scientific careers. Leo M.L. Nollet Fidel Toldrá

Dr. Leo M.L. Nollet is the editor and associate editor of several books. He edited for Marcel Dekker, New York—now CRC Press of Taylor & Francis Group—the first and second editions of Food Analysis by HPLC and the Handbook of Food Analysis. The Handbook of Food Analysis is a three-volume book. He also edited the third edition of the Handbook of Water Analysis, Chromatographic Analysis of the Environment (CRC Press) and the second edition of the Handbook of Water Analysis (CRC Press) in 2007. He coedited two books with F. Toldrá that were published in 2006: Advanced Technologies for Meat Processing (CRC Press) and Advances in Food Diagnostics (Blackwell Publishing). He also coedited Radionuclide Concentrations in Foods and the Environment with M. Pöschl in 2006 (CRC Press). Nollet has coedited several books with Y.H. Hui and other colleagues: the Handbook of Food Product Manufacturing (Wiley, 2007); the Handbook of Food Science, Technology and Engineering (CRC Press, 2005); and Food Biochemistry and Food Processing (Blackwell Publishing, 2005). Finally, he also edited the Handbook of Meat, Poultry and Seafood Quality (Blackwell Publishing, 2007). He has worked on the following five books on analysis methodologies with F. Toldrá for foods of animal origin, all to be published by CRC Press: Handbook of Muscle Foods Analysis Handbook of Processed Meats and Poultry Analysis Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Handbook of Dairy Foods Analysis Handbook of Analysis of Edible Animal By-Products Handbook of Analysis of Active Compounds in Functional Foods He has worked with Professor H. Rathore on the Handbook of Pesticides: Methods of Pesticides Residues Analysis, which was published by CRC Press in 2009. Dr. Fidel Toldrá is a research professor in the Department of Food Science at the Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos (CSIC) and serves as the European editor of Trends in Food Science & Technology, the editor-in-chief of Current Nutrition & Food Science, and as a member of the Flavorings and Enzymes Panel at the European Food Safety Authority. In recent years, he has served as an editor or associate editor of several books. He was the editor of Research Advances in the Quality of Meat and Meat Products (Research Signpost, 2002) and the associate editor of the Handbook of Food and Beverage Fermentation Technology and the Handbook of Food Science,



Technology and Engineering published in 2004 and 2006, respectively, by CRC Press. He coedited two books with L. Nollet that were published in 2006: Advanced Technologies for Meat Processing (CRC Press) and Advances in Food Diagnostics (Blackwell Publishing). Both he and Nollet are also associate editors of the Handbook of Food Product Manufacturing published by John Wiley & Sons in 2007. Professor Toldrá has edited Safety of Meat and Processed Meat (Springer, 2009) and has also authored Dry-Cured Meat Products (Food & Nutrition Press—now Wiley-Blackwell, 2002). He has worked on the following five books on analysis methodologies with L. Nollet for foods of animal origin, all to be published by CRC Press: Handbook of Muscle Foods Analysis Handbook of Processed Meats and Poultry Analysis Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Handbook of Dairy Foods Analysis Handbook of Analysis of Edible Animal By-Products Handbook of Analysis of Active Compounds in Functional Foods Toldrá was awarded the 2002 International Prize for Meat Science and Technology by the International Meat Secretariat. He was elected as a fellow of the International Academy of Food Science & Technology in 2008 and as a fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists in 2009.

M. Concepción Aristoy Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Burjassot, Valencia, Spain Santiago P. Aubourg Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Vigo, Spain Kris Audenaert Department of Plant Production Faculty of Biosciences and Landscape Architecture University College Ghent Ghent, Belgium Marit Aursand SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture Trondheim, Norway Juan Antonio Balbuena Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology University of Valencia Valencia, Spain Isabel Bandín Departamento de Microbiología y Parasitología Instituto de Acuicultura Universidad de Santiago de Compostela Santiago de Compostela, Spain Marta Barroso Instituto del Frío Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Madrid, Spain José M. Bautista Faculty of Veterinary Sciences Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology IV Universidad Complutense de Madrid Ciudad Universitaria Madrid, Spain Astrid Böhne Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle de Lyon Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon University of Lyon Lyon, France Luisa Ramos Bordajandi Instrumental Analysis and Environmental Chemistry Department General Organic Chemistry Institute Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Madrid, Spain




Emma L. Bradley Food and Environment Research Agency York, United Kingdom Allan Bremner Allan Bremner and Associates Mount Coolum, Queensland, Australia Frédéric Brunet Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle de Lyon Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon University of Lyon Lyon, France Cara Empey Campora Department of Pathology John A. Burns School of Medicine University of Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii Fabio Caprino Dipartimento de Scienze e Technologie Veterinari per la Sicurezza Alimentare Università degli Studi di Milano Milan, Italy Mercedes Careche Instituto del Frío Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Madrid, Spain Laurence Castle Food and Environment Research Agency York, United Kingdom Antonia Chiou Department of Science of Dietetics-Nutrition Harokopio University Athens, Greece Ruth De los Reyes Cánovas Institute of Food Engineering for Development Polytechnic University of Valencia Valencia, Spain

Corrado Di Natale Department of Electronic Engineering University of Rome Tor Vergata Rome, Italy Carlos Pereira Dopazo Departamento de Microbiología y Parasitología Instituto de Acuicultura Universidad de Santiago de Compostela Santiago de Compostela, Spain E.H. Drosinos Laboratory of Food Quality Control and Hygiene Department of Food Science & Technology Agricultural University of Athens Athens, Greece Mia Eeckhout Department of Food Science and Technology Faculty of Biosciences and Landscape Architecture University College Ghent Ghent University Association Ghent, Belgium John Stephen Elmore Department of Food Biosciences University of Reading Reading, United Kingdom Margrethe Esaiassen Nofima Marked Tromsø, Norway Eva Falch Mills DA Trondheim, Norway Pedro Fito-Maupoey Institute of Food Engineering for Development Polytechnic University of Valencia Valencia, Spain



Delphine Galiana-Arnoux Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle de Lyon Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon University of Lyon Lyon, France Belén Gómara Instrumental Analysis and Environmental Chemistry Department General Organic Chemistry Institute Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Madrid, Spain María José González Instrumental Analysis and Environmental Chemistry Department General Organic Chemistry Institute Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Madrid, Spain Ana Andrés Grau Institute of Food Engineering for Development Polytechnic University of Valencia Valencia, Spain Nicolas Gryson Department of Food Science and Technology Faculty of Biosciences and Landscape Architecture University College Ghent Ghent University Association Ghent, Belgium Ágústa Guðmundsdóttir Department of Food Science and Nutrition School of Health Sciences Science Institute University of Iceland Reykjavik, Iceland Karsten Heia Nofima Marine Tromsø, Norway

Marta Hernandez Molecular Biology and Microbiology Laboratory Instituto Tecnologico Agrario de Castilla y León Valladolid, Spain Aleida S. Hernández-Cázares Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Burjassot, Valencia, Spain Isabel Hernando Department of Food Technology Universidad Polite ′cnica de Valencia Valencia, Spain Yoshitsugi Hokama Department of Pathology John A. Burns School of Medicine University of Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii Grethe Hyldig Aquatic Process and Product Technology National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) Technical University of Denmark Kongens Lyngby, Denmark Francisco Jiménez-Colmenero Department of Meat and Fish Science and Technology Instituto del Frío Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Ciudad Universitaria Madrid, Spain Rósa Jónsdóttir Matís Icelandic Food Research Reykjavik, Iceland Nick Kalogeropoulos Department of Science of Dietetics-Nutrition Harokopio University Athens, Greece



Anton Kaufmann Kantonales Labor Zurich Zurich, Switzerland Young-Nam Kim Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences Duksung Women’s University Seoul, South Korea Robert E. Levin Department of Food Science University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts Empar Llorca Departamento de Tecnología de Alimentos Universidad Politécnica de Valencia Valencia, Spain María-Angeles Lluch Department of Food Technology Universidad Politécnica de Valencia Valencia, Spain Iciar Martínez Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas (CSIC) Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Vigo, Spain Emilía Martinsdóttir Matís Iceland Food Research Reykjavík, Iceland Kathy Messens Department of Food Science and Technology Faculty of Biosciences and Landscape Architecture University College Ghent Ghent University Association Ghent, Belgium Leticia Mora Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Burjassot, Valencia, Spain

Vittorio M. Moretti Dipartimento de Scienze e Technologie Veterinari per la Sicurezza Alimentare Università degli Studi di Milano Milan, Italy Heidi Nilsen Nofima Marine Tromsø, Norway George-John E. Nychas Laboratory of Microbiology and Biotechnology of Foods Department of Food Science and Technology Agricultural University of Athens Athens, Greece Jörg Oehlenschläger Max Rubner-Institute Federal Research Centre for Nutrition and Food Hamburg, Germany Guðrún Ólafsdóttir Syni Laboratory Services and University of Iceland Reykjavik, Iceland Ingrid Overrein SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture and Department of Biotechnology Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim, Norway Yesim Ozogul Department of Seafood Processing Technology Faculty of Fisheries Cukurova University Adana, Turkey Monia Perugini Department of Food Science University of Teramo Teramo, Italy



Carole Prost Food Aroma Quality Group LBAI—ENITIAA Rue de la Géraudière Nantes, France Ana Puig Department of Food Technology Universidad Politécnica de Valencia Valencia, Spain Antonio Puyet Faculty of Veterinary Sciences Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology IV Universidad Complutense de Madrid Ciudad Universitaria Madrid, Spain Juan Antonio Raga Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology University of Valencia Valencia, Spain David Rodríguez-Lázaro Food Safety and Technology Research Group Instituto Tecnologico Agrario de Castilla y León Valladolid, Spain Claudia Ruiz-Capillas Department of Meat and Fish Science and Technology Instituto del Frío Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Ciudad Universitaria Madrid, Spain Turid Rustad Department of Biotechnology Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim, Norway

Isabel Sánchez-Alonso Instituto del Frío Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Madrid, Spain Rian Schelvis Wageningen IMARES Institute for Marine Resources & Ecosytem Studies IJmuiden, the Netherlands Reinhard Schubring Department of Safety and Quality of Milk and Fish Products Federal Research Institute for Nutrition and Food Max Rubner-Institut Hamburg, Germany Christina Schultheis Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle de Lyon Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon University of Lyon Lyon, France Thierry Serot Food Aroma Quality Group LBAI—ENITIAA Rue de la Géraudière Nantes, France Della Wai Mei Sin Analytical and Advisory Services Division Government Laboratory Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China Rasa Slizyte SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture Trondheim, Norway Joseph Sneddon Department of Chemistry McNeese State University Lake Charles, Louisiana

Japan Yumiko Yamashita Food Biotechnology Section National Research Institute of Fisheries Science Yokohama. France Yiu Chung Wong Analytical and Advisory Services Division Government Laboratory Hong Kong. Valencia. British Columbia. Vancouver. Japan Wai Yin Yao Analytical and Advisory Services Division Government Laboratory Hong Kong. Iceland Kolbrún Sveinsdóttir Matís Iceland Food Research Reykjavik.xviii ◾ Contributors Christel Solberg Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture Bodø University College Bodø. Thibodeaux Department of Chemistry McNeese State University Lake Charles. France Oddur Vilhelmsson Department of Science University of Akureyri Akureyri. People’s Republic of China . Spain Hólmfríður Sveinsdóttir Division of Biotechnology and Biomolecules Matís Iceland Food Research SauđárkrÓkur. Iceland Jean-Nicolas Volff Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle de Lyon Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon University of Lyon Lyon. Spain Musleh Uddin Corporate Quality Assurance Albion Fisheries Ltd. Iceland Chad A. People’s Republic of China Michiaki Yamashita Food Biotechnology Section National Research Institute of Fisheries Science Yokohama. Louisiana Fidel Toldrá Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Burjassot. Norway Pedro José Fito Suñer Institute of Food Engineering for Development Polytechnic University of Valencia Valencia. France Véronique Verrez-Bagnis Ifremer Nantes. Canada Vincent Varlet Food Aroma Quality Group LBAI—ENITIAA Rue de la Géraudière Nantes. Norway Inger Beate Standal SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture Trondheim.



................. lamb...........................................................................1 World Catch and Harvest ......................4 Benefits and Risks ..................6 Analytical Methodologies............2 Variability of Aquatic Animals ................................................. fishes and other aquatic animals show an abundant 3 .........5 Sampling ........ 8 1.......................................... 3 1.......... geese...................................... 7 1.................1 World Catch and Harvest Seafood has by far the greatest variety of all animal-based foods.. and donkey) or poultry (hen. turkey............Chapter 1 Introduction—Importance of Analysis in Seafood and Seafood Products................................ Whereas the species consumed as warm-blooded mammals (beef.................... and duck) are represented by very few species.....................8 Trends and Outlook ........................................................................................................................................................... 9 References .............................................................................................................................. 6 1............................................3 Special Problems with Aquatic Animals ........................................................................................... Variability and Basic Concepts Jörg Oehlenschläger Contents 1......... 5 1.......... pork...... 5 1...........10 1........ goat........7 Analytical Problems .................................. 6 1........................................................

Mollusks (bivalves and cephalopods) are the third most important group both by quantity and by value at 22.6 million tons).1 million tons). Largehead hairtail (1. infestation with parasites.1 million tons). Indonesia (4.4%.4 million tons. Another difference compared with land-living animals is the fact that the quality (size.4 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis number of species and variability. Vietnam (1. and only correct storage of wet fish in melting ice or of certain products at chilled temperatures can prolong the shelf life up to weeks or months. However. state of maturity. about 20% is converted into deep frozen products. Further. and the captured fish. Although the amount of captured fish is almost constant at a level around 90 million tons/ year since 1990 after a continuous growth for more than 40 years. Russia (3.4 million tons).2% but second by value at 20.2%. mostly Pangasius species). in the case of captured seafood we have to accept what we find in the trawl despite modern advanced technology of sonar and echo sounders.1 million tons). The total world seafood supply for 2007 amounted to 143 million tons. Thailand (2.3 million tons).4 million tons). Most fish was caught in the Pacific Ocean (Northeast and Southeast) followed by Northeast Atlantic Ocean. appearance. and Norway (2.1 million tons).000–35.3 million tons). 8% is transformed into cured products. fish and other seafood are highly perishable products when stored without chilling. fish is the top group in aquaculture at 47. Further. 25% is converted into fishmeal and other nonfood products. 2000: 40 million tons. burden of pollutants.4 million tons). Although land-based animals are today tailor made according to industry’s and consumer’s wishes in weight.5 million tons). Indonesia (1. 1990: 16 million tons. India (2.4 million tons. 91 million tons (64%) of the total supply. and Thailand (1. nutritional status. Chilean jack mackerel (1. The major aquaculture (excluding plants) producers (>1 million tons) in 2005 were China (32. .0 million tons). including plants) [1]. and sensory properties. The stagnation of captured fish is mainly due to fully exploited or partially overfished stocks.000 species.3 million tons). The most important primary product producing countries of marine and inland (freshwater) fisheries in 2005 were China (17. Japan (4.2 million tons). Japanese anchovy (1. 1980: 7 million tons. India (3. 1970: 4 million tons. The fish group alone is represented by 25.4% by quantity.8 million tons).4 million tons). only some of these 5% have the desired sensory properties and give a good or satisfying fillet yield that catching and processing them can be justified. and Yellowfin tuna (1.) of aquatic animals when captured by fishing techniques is—with few exceptions—completely unknown. About 75% of the world’s total seafood supply is used for human consumption. Alaska Pollock (2.8 million tons). Chub mackerel (2. body composition.1 million tons). The world’s aquaculture provided 52 million tons (36%). Chile (4.4%. The top 10 species being caught in huge amounts in 2005 were Anchoveta (10. whereof the major part are cyprinids like carp). Blue whiting (2. aquaculture is dramatically growing (1960: 2 million tons. only a little proportion of this large number of about 5% is present in the world’s oceans in amounts huge enough to allow an economical use (catch and following processing). the United States (4. and another 8% into canned products. Skipjack tuna (2. 40% is consumed as wet fish without any further technological processing or preservation.3% and 14. Atlantic herring (2. whereas crustaceans are fourth by quantity at 6. etc.7 million tons). By major groupings.2 million tons).9 million tons).3 million tons). respectively.6 million tons). Aquatic plants that are popular in Southeast Asia are second in quantity at 23. Peru (9. They deteriorate at ambient temperature in a few days.

and before analyzing fish. Components like water. medium fatty fish species (>1% to <10% fat).2 Variability of Aquatic Animals The variability of aquatic animals can be described and explained in many different ways.3 Special Problems with Aquatic Animals The main problem with aquatic animals is the fact that from the moment that they are caught or harvested. This means that each fish can be different and unique.. Besides this more general aspect. which are subject to variations based on state of maturity. and protein are not even distributed in the edible part and also trace element concentrations vary from head to tail or back to belly. We can also group them according to their fat content into three groups: lean fish species (<1% fat).g. can accumulate mercury during their long life span to quantities that exceed legal limits. and ground fish. mineral. neurotoxic shellfish poisoning (NSP). The prespawning fish can have a fat content in fillet up to 35%. Predatory fish species such as sharks. which continues until a state of spoilage is reached. leading to several diseases such as diarrhetic shellfi sh poisoning (DSP). the main difficulty in the analysis of fish and other seafood is that there is not only a big variation between groups of species and species but also within a given species. Based on taxonomic criteria. A drastic example illustrating the variability in fish is the Atlantic mackerel. This can lead to extreme problems not only in processing but also in analysis. fat. eellike fishes. Toxins from dinoflagellates can accumulate in bivalve mollusks. and . not only spoilage and freshness parameters are changing due to metabolic (autolytic) and microbiological processes but also the microbial flora is changing. other parameters such as organic pollutant concentrations vary. paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). flat fishes. and trace element content. decisions must be made where the results should be used and how detailed an analysis must be. we arrange them in order according to their shape into round fish. 1. these are all very rough classifications. bottom fish. and the spawned fish can exhibit fillet fat contents of down to 5%. a certain degree of variability is found. Mackerel is a typical pelagic swarm fish occurring in big schools.Introduction ◾ 5 1. When concentrating on fish as the major group contributing to the world’s fish supply. which are at the end of the marine food web. and so forth. In addition. or according to their occurrence in the ocean’s water column into pelagic fish. demersal fish. and fatty fish species (>10% fat). season. and so on. a change in properties starts. a careful consideration has to be made if the variation is important and if it is worth or essential knowing (leading to analysis of individuals) or if a more general impression about the target component is sufficient (pooled samples). we have different groups such as bony and cartilaginous fishes. Also within the fish body. and mollusks. When captured during the spawning season. However. After catch and harvest. and nutritive properties. crustaceans. pollution of water. cestodes) that can be harmful to humans when they enter live and intact into the human body. composition. some groups offer special problems to which a lot of attention has to be given: aquatic animals may contain parasites (e. which are very different from each other in appearance. in one haul specimen of 5% fat and 35% fat are present. fishing area. Not only weight and length are varying with age but also other factors such as proximate composition. since parallel with fat content. nematodes. With all these variations in the raw seafood material before the analysis of any components.

with the consequence that recommendations are mostly restricted to a few factors being appropriately analyzed but not based on all factors. cadmium from hepatopancreas penetrates into the edible part (mantle) during storage. and sashimi). All of these parameters and substances have to be carefully analyzed and quantified to allow a risk benefit analysis. leading to elevated cadmium concentrations also in this body compartment. the high amount of taurine. the body compartments to be dissected. especially in their organs responsible for detoxification such as liver and kidney. persistent organic pollutants).6 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP). and residues of pharmaceuticals and hormones used in aquaculture can be detected and more.g. there is an inherent microbial risk. leading to ciguatera or maitotoxin poisoning. we have the risk of viruses and microorganisms. E. a tremendous amount of analytic work in seafood has to be done. Fish and other aquatic animals from areas that are polluted (rivers. and the good digestibility of fish protein due to low amounts of connective tissue are some examples of the many benefits seafood offers when consumed. we may find high amounts of inorganic toxic elements and organic pollutants (POP. cold smoked products. Before starting the sampling procedure. 1. On the other hand. the exceptional concentrations of essential elements such as selenium and iodine. D. which can give reliable advice and guidance for wise and responsible seafood consumption. which means here the selection of an appropriate number and part of aquatic animals under well-defined conditions. Aquatic animals from some areas of the world can carry viruses and microorganisms (e. sushi. the vitamins A. estuaries. Caspian Sea. we are confronted with toxins in mussels and fish. only few quantitative analytical data have entered these assessments. In products that have not undergone thermal treatment and that are offered to the consumer as ready to eat (e. a sampling plan has to be developed describing the numbers of samples to be taken. seas with no or limited water exchange with world oceans such as Baltic Sea. In the digestive glands of mollusks (hepatopancreas) such as cephalopods and mussels. cadmium is accumulated to amounts that exceed any legal limits by far. and B12. we have sometimes a parasitical problem.. or Black Sea) can carry a high burden of environmental pollutants. Unfortunately. 1. Most errors and most erroneous results arising from analytical methods are based on poor or even wrong sampling plans and practices. When not eviscerated immediately after catch. .) that are harmful to human health and must be destroyed or removed before marketing of the products. and in fish. Considering the great variability of seafood described here. the well-balanced content of essential amino acids. the presence of antioxidants such as tocopherols.g.4 Benefits and Risks Seafood is a rich source for a great number of nutritive and important components. is very often underestimated.5 Sampling Sampling. Vibrio sp. gravad products. inshore waters. The high amount of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids of the n-3 series such as eicosapentanoic acid (20:5) and docosahexanoic acid (22:6). and the measures to be taken to avoid any contamination as well as the storage and transport conditions of the samples after sample preparation. Mediterranean Sea..

or tail end of fillet). which is based on ATP breakdown products. snails). and comparative analyses with different instruments. a careful selection of individuals that have not been mechanically damaged by the catching technique. 1. The first concerted action in this area was “Evaluation of fish freshness” from 1995 to 1997. smaller when medium-sized animals are the target. After sampling is completed successfully. In small specimens that are consumed totally. and only a few samples are taken from big individuals. and microbiological methods. it is advisable to concentrate on a muscle part that is simple to identify and can be dissected without destroying the fish completely (examples are muscle below gill cover. always the whole edible part (fillet. . The chemical/biochemical methods are mostly traditional methods that were developed earlier than the physical (instrumental) methods and have been mostly applied as methods for freshness/spoilage determinations. ammonia. the whole body may be sampled and analyzed (mussels. preferably at −30°C) until analysis. workshops. tail muscle) must be taken due to intrinsic variations in fillet parts and after homogenization subsamples can be taken. and total volatile basic nitrogen (TVB-N). analysis of trimethyl amine. other species or mud. two books shall be mentioned that have been published earlier but still contain a significant amount of basic knowledge about analytical methods for seafood quality determination [5. precaution must be taken not to contaminate the sample by instruments used during manipulation (scissors. The objective methods are chemical/biochemical methods.14] that form a very rich source of information about seafood analysis. physical methods.6]. head end. and in big fish (tuna. trimethyl amine oxide. Methods that are still in use are among others k-value. knives) or by protective clothes or gloves. and analysis of biogenic amines as histamine or cadaverine. sprat. In addition. it has to be made under strict hygienic conditions to avoid any microbial contamination. sand. and practical work-ins and allowed on-site measurements. When sampling is done onboard a vessel. in medium-sized specimen. The analytical methods used for seafood analyses can be divided into objective methods and sensory methods. More chemical methods have been developed for differentiation between fresh and frozen/thawed products (see Chapter 48) and for species identification and authenticity (see Chapters 37 and 38). The main results of these projects have been published in books [2–4. and so forth. determination of thiobarbituric acid and formaldehyde. To be also mentioned are the research project “Multisensor techniques for monitoring the quality of fish” (MUSTEC) from 1999 to 2002 and the research project SEQUID “A new method for measurement of the quality of seafood” from 2001 to 2003. calibrations. Another method that was developed recently is the two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2DE). is necessary. shark). dimethyl amine. While sampling is done. When sampling for later microbiological analyses.6 Analytical Methodologies The improvement and further development of analytical methods in the field of seafood research in Europe were initiated and brought forward by a number of research projects and concerted actions (CA) financed by the European Union within the research and technological development (RTD) framework programs 3 to 6. it is recommended to store all samples (also solutions) in deep frozen conditions (<−18°C. These projects brought the scientists together in conferences.Introduction ◾ 7 The number of individuals should be big when a small specimen has to be analyzed. and the second concerted action was “Fish quality labeling and monitoring” (FQLM) from 1998 to 2000.

whereas the Torry sensory scheme and the flavor profile analysis are performed on cooked samples. and time domain spectroscopy (TDR) [7]. Warner–Bratzler test. Sensory methods. can be used by untrained personal. However. which is usually not present in seafood industry. and can be applied on many species and also on processed seafood products. and high-resolution NMR (HR-NMR)). image analysis. and nonpolluting for the environment are. electronic noses and electronic tongues [14]. creep. The European seafood sector where the majority of enterprises are small and medium sized (SMEs) hesitate to apply new instrumentation and prefer to rely on the methods they know. cheap.g. need trained personal. differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).8 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Physical methods comprise microscopy. RT Freshness grader. and bacterial sensors. which are noninvasive and nondestructive techniques for the sample. however. antibody techniques. oligonucleotide probes. puncture. and have used since many years [9]. there are still many problems left in the analysis of seafood and seafood-based products. therefore. viscoelastic methods such as stress relaxation. determination of specific spoilage organisms (SSO). It is. and compression tests. Other methods that are rapid. reproducible. Although many instrumental analytical methods have been developed and have been intensively tested and proven in research to be working sufficiently and reliably on seafood and seafood products. Instrumental methods are fast. texture and texture profile analysis (e. low-field (LF) NMR. An instrumental method that is fast. Two more systematic methods that involve some analytical methods are the hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) and traceability. The main problem is that there is no single method existing that can give sufficient information about the quality (freshness) of seafood. tensile. comparatively cheap. and can be used after a short training period by nonscientific educated personnel. and objective results. is still missing. with the same degree and quality of information obtained by sensory assessment. Frequently used microbiological methods are total viable count (TVC). UV and visible light spectroscopy. Further. not harmful for the operator. near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR). Outer inspection is done by the European Union quality-grading scheme and by the quality index method (QIM). . Sensory methods are often considered to be subjective methods. with the exception of sensory methods. among others. always a combination of several methods is necessary to give sufficient information equal to sensory assessment [8]. we have color measurement. expensive. nuclear magnetic resonance (magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). many of them have not graduated from research to seafood industrial application. polymerase chain reaction (PCR). are time consuming. The reasons are the relatively complex and difficult handling of the instruments and the need of being applied and maintained by educated personnel. and oscillatory measurements). The sensory methods can also be divided into two principal methodologies: methods based on outer inspection of the sample (without cooking) and methods based on assessing the cooked sample. therefore.7 Analytical Problems Despite the great progress that has been made. and are. are experienced in.. analysis of electrical resistance or conductivity by Torrymeter. When using instrumental methods nowadays. pH measurement. 1. of utmost importance to introduce the newly developed analytical methods into the industry for better product and raw material analysis and quality assurance. Intellectron Fischtester VI. Kramer test. a well-trained sensory panel in which the human senses are used as measuring instruments has been shown to give reliable.

Without a well-documented and traceable analytical quality assurance (reference materials. sampling strategy) showing that the results obtained are accurate and correct. . There are many seafood products on our markets that have not been characterized by analytical methods at all. inorganic and organic residues. more research is needed to make them simpler to apply and to increase the speed of analysis. crustacean. Some methods that are well known such as k-value or TVB-N will disappear. 1. Recent findings show that seafood contains important functional proteins and peptides [13]. and more environmental friendly. and virus contamination in seafood. Analytical instruments that are simple to use. and have a wide range of applicability will be built. The method of the future will analyze a well-homogenized sample without any other sample preparatory steps except homogenizing. proficiency tests. sensory characteristics. and mollusk species from tropical and subtropical countries enter our markets in large quantities or as single fish specimen and are not thoroughly investigated for their microbiological status including viruses. allergens. most chemical and biochemical analytical methods that use a huge amount of chemicals and manpower will be substituted by instrumental methods that are more reliable. toxins such as ciguatera. pharmaceuticals. however.8 Trends and Outlook In the future. food additives. New methods are also urgently needed for the reduction of microbial risk. bacterial pathogens. Almost all analytical methods for seafood analysis will be developed further to avoid time and chemicals and to minimize sample preparation and digestion steps. for almost all microbiological methods. More research and development of analytical methodology will be initiated by these new findings. remarkably developments have occurred very recently [10–12]. PCR-based methods will soon take the place of the traditional microbiological methods and will enable the checking of microbiologic status of samples in minutes or hours. journals will in the near future no longer accept manuscripts in this field. justification of methods used. Th is is a large area where a significant amount of analytical input is needed. This will shorten delays in seafood trade. Many exotic fish. and QIM schemes will also be developed for exotic species on our markets and for processed products. own standards. Although the lipids in seafood are analyzed very intensively. more cost efficient. and contents of all the beneficial components. This next generation of instruments will then also find its way into the fish industry and fish inspection. This holds for all methods for species differentiation. their spoilage characteristics and shelf life. the protein and peptides are analyzed to a much lesser extent. The QIM will be further developed. QIM will be digitalized and will work in combination with image analysis and electronic nose without sensory experts involved. the presence of parasites.Introduction ◾ 9 For some analytical methods. it is necessary that the schemes for the QIM as the quality method of the future are extended to all species on the market (about 100). all progress in analytical methods and instrumentation needs an analyst who is responsible and follows the guidelines and advice for analytical quality assurance. However. In the area of sensory methods. and for many methods of trace element and residue analysis. robust. In this field.

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...................................Chapter 2 Peptides and Proteins Turid Rustad Contents 2.................................................................................3 Protein Solubility Classes ....................................................................................... including the fish industry............................11 2....1 Introduction ................. Fish are regarded as an excellent source of high-quality protein... 12 2.....................................................................................8 Protein Modifications........16 2........................................................................................ particularly the 11 .................1 Introduction Protein analysis is highly important for the food industry..................................................... Both the amino acid composition and the digestibility of fish proteins are excellent............... but it is also important to have methods to determine the type and the origin of the proteins present........ Both for quality control and food labeling it is therefore important to have methods to determine not only the total content of proteins in a raw material or a product.......................................5 Immunoassays ...............................................................................14 2..........................................................18 2...17 References ...................... Both the content and the properties of the proteins are important for the value and the quality of the products [1].................... and how these properties are influenced by food additives and other components........ Fish provides about 14% of the world’s need for animal proteins and 4%–5% of the total protein requirement [2]..... For product and process development it is important to have methods to determine the properties of the proteins and how these change during processing and storage.................4 Analysis of Soluble Proteins ...............16 2........................................................13 2.................................................7 Peptide Characterization ....................................2 Total Content of Proteins ..16 2.......................6 Electrophoresis-Based Methods ....

This means that it should be possible to use the method on different types of foods. The method includes sample digestion. values from 5. In addition to the high nutritional value. The Kjeldahl method has been automated and several instruments for automated analysis are available.2 Total Content of Proteins The total content of proteins is usually determined by the Kjeldahl or the Dumas method. which is distilled and trapped in boric acid. The Kjeldahl method was first published in 1883 but has been extensively modified since then.43 to 5.25 is usually used.56 [1]. Originally only sulfuric acid was used for digestion of the samples. The ammonium sulfate is converted into ammonia. The advantage of this method is that it gives accurate results for all types of samples. gelling.25. Mariotti and coworkers discuss conversion factors in their critical review and conclude that even if a factor of 6.12 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis essential amino acids lysine and methionine. It is also possible to determine the amount of ammonia by different colorimetric methods [1]. and the amount of nitrogen is determined by titration [1]. . The Kjel-Foss® instrument mechanizes the entire micro-Kjeldahl procedure while the Kjel-Tec® instrument uses a digestion block together with an apparatus for automated distillation and titration. and textural properties. nucleotides. and that other components in the food such as lipids and pigments should not interfere with the analysis. for instance collagen has a nitrogen content of 18%. It is also possible to determine the nitrogen content using elemental analysis (C/N analyzers) [4]. It is important that the methods to analyze food proteins are robust [1]. This factor is the amount of nitrogen that contains 1 g of nitrogen. The disadvantage is that the method requires use of hazardous and toxic chemicals. For products such as fish mince and surimi. For animal proteins the value 6. The factor can be calculated from the amino acid composition of the proteins. and the amount of protein is calculated by multiplication with a Kjeldahl factor. The method should also require minimal sample pretreatment to decrease analytical error and reduce costs. This method is used as a reference method by many national and international organizations. When the protein content is calculated based on determination of the nitrogen content. and urea will also contribute to the calculated protein content. nitrogen from other nitrogen-containing compounds such as free amino acids. distillation. and trapping of ammonia and titration steps. has been shown to be too high for animal proteins. 2. assuming a nitrogen content of 16% in the proteins. which gives a factor of 5. but other chemicals such as potassium sulfate and mercury oxide are also used. amines. The Kjeldahl method determines the nitrogen content as ammonia. The Dumas method is quicker and cheaper and easier to perform and is therefore now considered on equal terms with the Kjeldahl method [1]. the water-holding capacity and the gelling properties which determine the textural attributes of the products are important quality parameters [3]. During digestion the nitrogen in the sample is converted to ammonium sulfate. both different types of raw materials and processed foods. For fish. Many proteins have protein contents that deviate from this. The Technicon AutoAnalyzer uses continuous flow analysis [1]. which has been used for more than 75 years. it is difficult to start using other and more correct factors [5]. Retaining the functional properties through preservation and processing operations is therefore of great importance.82 are given. Tables of conversion factors are given in several papers such as [1. neutralization. emulsification. fish proteins also have good functional properties such as water-holding capacity.5].

It can also be used to determine the properties of food proteins [8] and has been used to detect adulteration of beef with animal and plant proteins as well as classify tenderness of beef in two categories. and in 0. sarcoplasmic. Today accurate combustion nitrogen analyzers are used. Fish muscle proteins are more sensitive and less stable than proteins from mammals. and can be used online. based on differences in solubility [9. and connective proteins. 2. The sarcoplasmic proteins consist mainly of enzymes and can be extracted using water or buffers with low ionic strength such as for instance 50 mM phosphate buffer. The connective tissue proteins are often called the insoluble proteins and can be extracted using alkali or acid.5 M KCl and centrifuged as above. It is easy to perform.3.Peptides and Proteins ◾ 13 The Dumas method was first published in 1831 and the first instruments used were not user friendly. O2.86 M NaCl solution (high ionic strength). the supernatant was decanted and the volume made up to 100 mL—this was the water-soluble fraction. Quantitative amino acid analysis is one of the most reliable methods for quantification of food proteins. Hultmann and Rustad [11] used a modification of the method by Anderson and Ravesi [12] and Licciardello and coworkers [13]. and water are removed. Kelleher and Hultin compared the use of NaCl. the CO2. the NO2 is reduced to N2 and measured with a thermal conductivity meter [1]. American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS). but the instrumentation is expensive and the method requires calibration.10]. nondestructive. The volume of the supernatant was made up to 100 mL. and several other organizations [1]. It is also described in Chapter 16. After centrifugation. . Four grams of muscle was homogenized for 20 s in 80 mL 50 mM phosphate buffer. This was the salt-soluble fraction. The methods for extraction are not standardized so the amount of proteins extracted will vary with the method used. The principle of quantitative amino acids is described in Owusu-Apenten [1]. KCl. and LiCl for extraction of protein from fish muscle and concluded that LiCl was a better extractant of fish muscle proteins over a wider range of conditions than NaCl or KCl [16]. Two grams of minced muscle was homogenized at low temperature for 1 min in 50 mL of distilled water. and calculation of the amount of different amino acids. It has been successfully used to determine protein and water content of salmon fillets [6] as well as of surimi [7]. Near infrared spectroscopy can also be used to determine protein content. myofibrillar. The precipitate was homogenized in 80 mL phosphate buffer with 0. This procedure involves hydrolyzation of the food sample using concentrated hydrochloric acid. pH 7. However. The advantages of this method are that it is rapid. also called the salt-soluble proteins can be extracted in buffers with an ionic strength of >0. and filled with pure oxygen.3 Protein Solubility Classes Fish muscle proteins can be divided into three groups. After cooling of the gas mixture. determination of the amino acid profile. then centrifuged (6000 g) for 30 min at 3°C. The soluble protein was extracted in distilled water (low ionic strength). A few examples of methods to extract proteins from fish muscle are given here. The combustion method has been calibrated with the Kjeldahl method and this has led to approval of the method by Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC). purged free of atmospheric gas. The myofibrillar proteins. The sample is put in a furnace (950°C–1050°C). Martinez-Alvarez and Gomez-Guillen [14] used a modification on the method of Stefansson and Hultin [15]. SO2. The homogenates of these solutions were stirred constantly for 30 min at 2°C. changes in solubility can be used to measure changes in protein structure caused by denaturation during storage and processing.

This was the acid-soluble collagen. 2. The product becomes reduced to molybdenum/tungsten blue and can be measured at 750 nm. The method is not very sensitive. giving upper tolerable limits for a long range of these as well as some methods for coping with the effect of these substances.14 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Solubility of collagen can be determined by extraction in alkali or acid as described by Eckhoff and coworkers [17].5 M acetic acid for 2 days at room temperature and centrifuged as above. The extraction in NaOH was repeated five times and the supernatants were pooled for the analysis of alkali-soluble collagen content. the complexes react with the Folin-phenol reagent a mixture of phosphotungstic acid and phosphomolybdic acid in phenol. The Lowry method [20] is based on a Biuret-type reaction between protein and copper(II) ions under alkaline conditions. and a few of them will be treated here. the concentration of the soluble proteins can be analyzed with a wide variety of methods. Measurement of UV absorption at 280 nm is a simple and popular method to determine protein concentration. some of these methods reduce the speed and simplicity of the method [19]. Reducing agents and sucrose as well as several common buffers interfere with the Lowry method. The sensitivity can be increased by measuring absorbance at 310 nm or by increasing the time for the Biuret reaction. Samples were homogenized in 0. The Biuret method is based on the formation of complexes between copper salts and peptide bonds under alkaline conditions.4 Analysis of Soluble Proteins There are many indirect colorimetric methods to determine protein content. but the method is simple and inexpensive. Absorption at 280 nm is mainly due to tryptophan and tyrosine residues with smaller contributions from phenylalanine and the sulfur-containing amino acids. Peterson have reviewed the Lowry method [21] and listed interfering substances. Light scattering because of large particles or aggregates can also lead to errors. [18]. by absorbance at 205 nm or from knowledge of amino acid composition [19]. After extraction. The purple complex is relatively stable and has an absorption maximum at 540–560 nm. A standard curve is needed. However. measuring concentrations between 1 and 10 mg/mL.1 M NaOH and centrifuged. The precipitate was stirred with 0. However mg quantities of protein are generally required. In addition. which is a modification of the method described by Sato et al. the presence of nonprotein UV-absorbing groups such as nucleic acids and nucleotides which absorb strongly at 260 nm further complicate matters. The protein concentration can then be calculated from the Lambert–Beer law: A = ε cl where A is the absorption at a given wavelength c is the molar protein concentration l is the path length for the light (cm) e is the molar absorption or extinction coefficient (M−1 cm−1) The molar absorptivity can be determined by dry weight estimation of a purified protein. Methods exist to correct for the influence of light scattering and nucleic acids/ nucleotides [19]. The review also discusses many of the modifications that . the method therefore has protein-to-protein variations. Since all proteins absorb UV/visible light to varying degrees. The reactions are highly pH dependent. one of the simplest methods is to determine absorbance in the far UV range.

the method is highly protein dependent (Table 2. as different amino acids and peptides give different colors in the Lowry method. and stable reagents and kits are available. Hydroxylysine is an amino acid that is almost exclusively found in collagen. The amount of collagen can be determined by analysis of the hydroxylysine content by the Neuman and Logan method as modified by Leach [23]. The Coomassie Brilliant Blue method is also used for visualizing proteins in electrophoretic gels.Peptides and Proteins ◾ 15 have been suggested for the Lowry method.000–10. The Lowry method determines both proteins. this is often not possible or practical. Th is figure varies for different collagen types such as collagen from fish skins from different fish species [24]. reducing agents.1 Comparison of Useful Range for Methods to Determine Protein Concentration Method Kjeldahl Biuret Lowry Biorad (Coomassie Brilliant Blue) Biorad (Coomassie Brilliant Blue)—micro Bicinchonic acid Absorption at 280 nm Range (μg) 500–30. This method is based on the color change taking place when CBBG binds to proteins under acidic conditions. while methods such as Biuret and Biorad only determine peptide chains above a certain length. however. There are different dye-binding methods. the disadvantages are interfering substances and time—compared to some of the dye-binding methods such as the Coomassie Blue methods. However. and one of the most widely used is the Biorad method based on binding of Coomassie Brilliant Blue G (CBBG) [22]. for lipids. The method is compatible with a wide range of buffers/substances. All the methods discussed above are highly protein dependent and this should be kept in mind when applying these methods for analysis of the protein content. It would be best if the protein being analyzed could be used as the standard protein. but detergents. chelators such as EDTA. and acids and alkali cause interference. The silver staining methods are 100 times more sensitive than the CBBG staining. and precision. However. buffer salts. The ability of proteins to bind silver has also been used as a very sensitive method to visualize proteins in gel electrophoresis. Table 2. Silver binding is also being used as a method to analyze concentration of soluble proteins [19].1). Sensitivity is similar to the Lowry procedure. Finally he compares the Lowry method with other methods to determine protein concentration and concludes that the advantages of the Lowry method are simplicity. However. and denaturing agents such as urea and guanidine hydrochloride cause less interference. an accurate determination requires that the amount of hydroxylysine residues per 100 residues in the collagen is known. it uses only one reagent instead of two as in the Lowry procedure [1]. sensitivity. Th is method is faster to perform than the Lowry procedure (5 min development compared to 30–45 min).000 10–300 20–140 1–20 1–50 100–300 .000 1. small peptides and free amino acids. Use of bicinchonic acid (BCA) was introduced as an easier way to determine protein.

The denatured proteins are applied to the gel and an electric current is applied. V0 is the void volume of the column. Many peptides are bioactive and have physiological properties. on the average. spend more time inside the beads and the larger proteins will emerge from the column first. cellulose. cross-linked three-dimensional polymer networks such as agarose. For high-pressure systems. Bovine serum albumin (BSA) is then added to block nonspecific binding sites. a standard curve can be made allowing determination of the molecular weight distribution in a protein mixture.7 Peptide Characterization Studying the composition and properties of peptides in seafood is often of interest. porous glass.4. a standard curve can be made in the same way as for gel chromatography and the weight of the unknown proteins determined. and combinations of these. 2. and Vt is the total volume of the column. It is then necessary to have the antibody of the protein that one seeks to quantify. using gels of polyacrylamide and denaturing the samples by boiling in a solution of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS).16 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 2. the proteins are separated based on their size and shape (Stokes’ radii).and medium-pressure chromatography. These enzymes can convert a colorless substrate to a colored product which can then be detected.6 Electrophoresis-Based Methods The molecular weight of proteins and peptides is often of interest and this can be determined by several different methods. such as immunostimulating or antihypertensive . causing the negatively charged proteins to migrate across the gel toward the anode. A polyclonal or monoclonal antibody against the protein of interest is then bound to a film through the Fc region of the antibody. 2. dextrans. polyacrylamide. Molecular weight can also be determined by electrophoresis.5 Immunoassays The amount of a specific protein in a mixture can be determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA). while larger ones travel a shorter distance. Dithiothreitol (DTT) or mercaptoethanol is often added to reduce disulfide bonds. As the protein solution moves down the column. smaller proteins will. SDS binds to proteins in a weight ratio of 1:1. By using standard proteins of known molecular weight. where Ve is the elution volume of the molecule. for instance after enzymatic hydrolysis of proteins or during processing and storage of seafood. After washing. One of the most commonly used methods is SDS-PAGE. For low. beads are made of open. smaller proteins will travel farther down the gel. In native gel filtration chromatography. Since SDS is charged. this results in a charged complex where the charge is proportional to the molecular weight of the protein. The most commonly used system is that of Laemmli [25]. or inorganic–organic composites are used as support media [1]. a second antibody is bound to the protein bound to the primary antibody. which gives one SDS molecule for every two amino acids. macroporous silica. while larger proteins can only enter the largest pores. How a certain protein behaves in a gel filtration column can be described by the coefficient Kav which defines the proportion of pores that are accessible to that molecule. By using markers of known molecular weight. The proteins will migrate based on their size. The secondary antibody is usually linked to peroxidase or alkaline phosphatase. The amount of secondary antibody bound is proportional to the amount of the specific protein in the sample. The method is very sensitive but requires available antibodies. Small proteins can enter all the pores in the beads. Kav = (Ve − V0)/(Vt − V0).

Changes in proteins during storage and processing will often result in changes in the functional properties of the proteins. Oxidation of protein side chains can give rise to unfolding and conformational changes in protein and also to dimerization or aggregation [31]. loss of water-holding capacity. viscosity. One much used definition of functional properties is this: Those physical and chemical properties that influence the behavior of proteins in food systems during . For determination of the amount of peptides below a certain chain length. Precipitation of the proteins makes it possible to study peptides which are found in lower concentrations using different chromatographic methods such as LC–MS or electrophoretic methods. selective precipitation using ethanol. the most used are determination of formation of carbonyl groups [32. Several methods are used to determine protein oxidation. In addition oxidation can be measured as loss of functional properties such as loss of solubility. The reaction takes place under slightly alkaline conditions and is stopped by lowering the pH in the solution.33] and reduction in SH-groups. The measurement shows the number of specific peptide bonds broken in hydrolysis as a percent of the total number of peptide bonds present in the intact protein. However. muscle proteins are also vulnerable to oxidative attack during processing and storage of muscle foods [30]. For characterization of mixtures of peptides. this is spectrophotometric method determining the amount of the chromophore formed when TNBS reacts with primary amines. gelling and emulsification properties. and sensory properties of the muscle proteins. including gelation. and by using tandem mass spectroscopy detailed information of the structure of the peptides can be found. The amount of liberated protons can be determined by titration. the term degree of hydrolysis describes the extent to which peptide bonds are broken by the enzymatic hydrolysis reaction. Studying the peptide fraction can give a lot of useful information as peptides may have several functions in the food. nutritional. One of these is the determination of free amino groups after reaction with trinitrobenzene-sulfonic acid (TNBS) [26]. methanol.8 Protein Modifications During storage and processing of marine raw materials.Peptides and Proteins ◾ 17 properties. Oxidative modification often leads to alterations in the functional. and can result in major physical changes in protein structure ranging from fragmentation of the backbone to oxidation of the side chains. these properties are not only dependent on the oxidation state of the proteins. and formation of aggregates. and changes in these properties may be due to other factors. such as provide information about the enzymes that are active during storage. The peptides may also give valuable information about the quality of the food. Mass spectroscopy can be used to determine the molecular mass of the peptides. In addition to lipids and pigments. or trichloroacetic acid can be used [28]. solubility. especially after enzymatic degradation/ hydrolysis. Bauchart and coworkers [29] studied the peptides in rainbow trout using precipitation with perchloric acid followed by electrophoresis and MS-analysis in order to study proteolytic degradation. 2. changes take place in the proteins and it is often of interest to quantify these changes. Formation of dityrosine is also used to determine the degree of protein oxidation. Several methods to determine this value exist. Another widely used method is the determination of free amino groups after titration with formaldehyde [27]. The content of sulfhydryl groups can be determined using DTNB by the method of [34] with the modification of [35]. Formaldehyde reacts with unprotonated primary amine groups resulting in loss of protons. and water-holding capacity. The amount of peptides soluble in different concentrations of ethanol was found to be dependent on the chain length as well as on the hydrophobicity of the peptides. Oxidation can occur at both the protein backbone and on the amino acid side chains. emulsification.

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........................................................3......... 34 Acknowledgments ....................................4 Second-Dimension Electrophoresis .......2............2 Basic 2DE Methods Overview .......... 22 3......3...............31 3.............................. 24 3......................................................................................3.........................1 Whole Larval Proteomes.....31 3.........................2 First-Dimension Electrophoresis ..........................2 Aquaculture and Antemortem Effects on Quality and Processability .............................1 Sample Matrix Considerations ...........................3 Protein Identification by Peptide Mass Fingerprinting ....... 24 3..2..............................................25 3...................................2........................................1 Development ................ 32 3........................................................... 32 3......... 28 3........2 Proteome Analysis by 2DE .........................................35 21 ....................................25 3......... 22 3.............................................................................................2......Chapter 3 Proteomics Hólmfríður Sveinsdóttir. 22 3..1 Protein Autolysis and Oxidation during Storage and Processing ...2.....1............................35 References ........ 34 3........2..............................2........6 Analysis ..2..................................2......2.......3 The Degradome ........................................................................................ 28 3...............................................................................................2............................................2.......... 27 3... 27 3........................... and Oddur Vilhelmsson Contents 3... 28 3............4 Allergen Identification ...2........................2...............2............2...................3 Equilibration ..3 Applications of 2DE in Seafood Analysis ..........1 Sample Extraction and Cleanup ........................3 Species Authentication .....................................3.........................................25 3..3....................................................................................2................................3................................2............................................33 3.......2 Muscle Proteomes ......2 Quality Involution ...................................................................2.......1 Introduction .......................................................................................................................... 22 3. Ágústa Guðmundsdóttir..................................1.1...5 Staining .........................2........

the construction of the food matrix. is regulated and brought about by proteins. growth depression.12 kidney.1 Sample Matrix Considerations Unlike the genome. during. 3. Furthermore.6–8 liver. largely because of its high resolution. the proteome varies from tissue to tissue. gel-free methods. as well as with time and in response to environmental stimuli. Proteome analysis allows us to examine the effects of environmental factors on larval global protein expression. succinctly defined as “the study of the entire proteome or a subset thereof”1 is currently a highly active field possessing a wide spectrum of analytical methods that continue to be developed at a brisk pace. or with the human immune system after consumption.14–18 gill.13 skeletal muscle.9–11 heart.2. and low survival rate.12. fish possess a number of tissues amenable to 2DE-based proteome analysis. for example. quality involution within the product before.4 hold great promise and are deserving of discussion in their own right. where the bulk of the food matrix is constructed from proteins. Like other vertebrates. also known as proteomics. both on the cellular and tissue-wide levels. the “classic” process of two-dimensional (2D) gel polyacrylamide electrophoresis (2DE) followed by protein identification via peptide mass fingerprinting of trypsin digests (Figure 3.2 Proteome Analysis by 2DE 2DE. 3.2 surface-enhanced laser desorption/ionization3 or protein arrays. of proteins on a 2D polyacrylamide slab gel. foodstuffs are in large part made up of proteins. In the following sections. the interactions of proteins with one another or with other food components.12 and rectal gland12 have been reported.2. This is especially true of fish and meat.19 intestine. we present some issues and challenges related to sample matrices of particular interest to the seafood scientist. . This chapter will therefore focus on 2DE. is the simultaneous separation of hundreds. along with some of the main improvements that have developed since. Selection of tissues for protein extraction is therefore an important issue that needs to be considered before a seafood proteomic study is embarked upon. While high-throughput.1 Whole Larval Proteomes The production of good quality larvae is still a challenge in marine fish hatcheries. Several environmental factors can interfere with the protein expression of larvae leading to poor larval quality like malformations.12. Proteomics.1. based on liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC–MS/MS).12 brain. and mass accuracy. the cornerstone of most proteomics research. The method most commonly used was originally developed by Patrick O’Farrell and is described in his seminal and thorough 1975 paper5 and briefly outlined.1) remains the workhorse of most proteomics work. is a tool that can be of great value to the food scientist. in the following sections.1 Introduction As with all living matter.22 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 3. giving valuable insight into the composition of the raw materials. then. or even thousands. that proteome analysis. Studies on whole larvae. and after processing or storage. simplicity. It stands to reason. 3.

Peptide mass mapping using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry was performed only on the cod larval proteins.6. Only a few proteome analysis studies on fish larvae have been published.22 Three of these publications have focused on the whole larval proteomes in Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua)6. there are several drawbacks when working with the whole larval proteome. it is excised from the gel.20 all important information for controlling factors influencing the aptitude to continue a normal development until adult stages. In many cases this is sufficient for identification purposes. First. peptides can be dissociated into smaller fragment and small partial sequences obtained by MS/MS. The axial musculature is the largest tissue in larval fishes as it constitutes approximately 40% of their body mass. Nevertheless. allowing identification of ca. posttranslational modifications and redistribution of specific proteins within cells.21.1 An overview over the “classic approach” in proteomics.6. See text for further details.6.7 These studies provided protocols for the production of high-resolution 2D gels. These proteins may mask subtle changes in proteins expressed in other tissues or systems. Once a protein of interest has been identified. cytoskeletal .23 This is reflected in our studies on whole cod larval proteome. such as the gastrointestinal tract or the central nervous system. like the overwhelming presence of muscle and skin proteins. subjected to degradation by trypsin (or other suitable protease) and the resulting peptides analyzed by mass spectrometry. but if needed. a protein extract (crude or fractionated) from the tissue of choice is subjected to 2D PAGE.22 and zebrafish (Danio rerio).7.Proteomics ◾ 23 2D PAGE Trypsin digestion MS fingerprinting MS/MS sequencing Figure 3.22 The advantage of working with whole larvae versus distinct tissues is the ease of keeping the sample handling to a minimum in order to avoid loss or modification of the proteins.22 Also. yielding a peptide mass fingerprint. 85% of the of the selected protein spots. where the majority of the highly abundant proteins were identified as muscle proteins.

in which protein deposition is regulated. Proteomic analysis on lysosomes has been successfully performed in mammalian (human) systems. A myriad of methods suitable for subsequent 2DE exist for fractionating the proteome into defined subproteomes.2. such as the ubiquitin–proteasome or the lysosome systems.34–41 3. such as those associated with individual organelles or cell compartments28 or by protein biochemical methods such as affi nity chromatography. No amplification method analogous to PCR exists for proteins. Swamping of low-abundance spots by highly abundant ones may not be a problem for applications relating specifically to structural proteins. However. In addition to having a hand in controlling autolysis determinants. protein turnover is a major regulatory engine of cellular structure. fish skeletal muscle is the main component. lysosomes can be isolated and the lysosome subproteome queried to answer the question whether and to what extent lysosome composition varies among fish expected to yield flesh of different quality characteristics. function. Protein turnover systems.29.42. particularly in muscle tissue.26 3. preventing identification of holistic alterations in the analyzed proteomes. which include most regulatory proteins and many important metabolic enzymes. For example. and simply increasing the amount of sample is usually not an option. Cellular protein turnover involves at least two major systems: the lysosomal system and the ubiquitin–proteasome system.46 An exploitable property of proteasome-mediated protein degradation is the phenomenon of polyubiquitination.24 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis proteins were prominent among the identified proteins. Removal of those proteins may increase detection of other proteins present at low concentrations.3 The Degradome The degradome may be a subproteome of particular interest to the food scientist. as it will give rise to overloading artifacts in the gels. and biochemistry. are particularly abundant in the skeletal muscle proteome.44 It seems likely that the manner.30 preparative isoelectrofocusing31 or solubility in the presence of various detergents32 or chaotropes33 have been described. during and after processing. such as actin and tubulin. The fish muscle proteome is therefore likely to be of comparatively high interest to the seafood scientist. are of keen interest. it may also result in a loss of other proteins. whereby proteins are targeted for destruction by the proteasome by covalent .45.2.25. rendering analysis of low-abundance proteins difficult or impossible. are suitable for rigorous investigation using proteomic methods. Structural proteins. allowing a larger sample of the remaining proteins to be analyzed. has profound implications for quality and processability of the fish flesh.2 Muscle Proteomes In most seafood products. then.1.43 The 20S proteasome has been found to have a role in regulating the efficiency with which rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) deposit protein. as many textural and other quality factors of muscle foods are related to proteolytic activity in the muscle tissue before. but for other applications low-abundance proteins. An unfractionated 2DE map of the muscle proteome therefore tends to be dominated by comparatively few high-abundance protein spots. Various strategies have been presented for the removal of highly abundant proteins24 or enrichment of lowabundant proteins.5 The remaining option. Fractionation methods for a variety of sample matrices have been reviewed recently. is fractionation of the protein sample in order to weed out the high-abundance proteins.1.

Activity of matrix metalloproteases is regulated via a complex network of specific proteases. where an electric field is applied to a tube gel on which the protein sample and carrier ampholytes have been deposited.2 First-Dimension Electrophoresis The extracted proteins are first separated by IEF.48–50 Monitoring of the expression levels of these regulatory enzymes.2.5% Pharmalyte ampholytes for the appropriate pH range) supplemented with a protease inhibitor cocktail to give good results for proteome extraction from whole Atlantic cod larvae6.2.1 Sample Extraction and Cleanup For most applications. such as that of the matrix metalloproteases.2) rather than the familiar banding pattern observed in one-dimensional (1D) SDS-PAGE. the reader is referred to any of a number of excellent reviews and laboratory manuals. This separates the proteins according to their molecular charge. 4% (w/v) CHAPS [3-(3-chloramidopropyl)dimethylamino-1-propanesulfonate]. most notably the introduction of immobilized pH gradients (IPGs) for IEF. 2 M thiourea.51 the procedure remains essentially as outlined earlier.2.Proteomics ◾ 25 binding to multiple copies of ubiquitin. Gygi and coworkers have developed methods to study the ubiquitin–proteasome degradome in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae using multidimensional LC–MS/MS. For more detailed. In the following sections. may be less directly amenable to proteomic study. 0.. 3. may be more conveniently carried out using transcriptomic methods. up-to-date protocols.43.e. silver stains. The tube gel is then transferred onto a polyacrylamide slab gel and the isoelectrically focused proteins are further separated according to their molecular mass by conventional sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE).” i.3% (w/v) DTT [dithiothreitol]. 0. The map can be visualized and individual proteins quantified by radiolabeling or by using any of a host of protein dyes and stains. Cleanup of samples using commercial 2D sample cleanup kits may be beneficial for some sample types.2 Basic 2DE Methods Overview O’Farrell’s original 2DE method first applies a process called isoelectric focusing (IEF). Although a number of refinements have been made to 2DE since O’Farrell’s paper. yielding a two-dimensional map (Figure 3. and how they vary with environmental or dietary variables.2 Some proteolysis systems. We have found direct extraction into the gel reswelling buffer (7 M urea. such as Coomassie blue. sample treatment prior to electrophoresis should be minimal in order to minimize in-sample proteolysis and other sources of experimental artifacts.2. Ready-made IPG strips are currently available in a variety of linear and . a general protocol is outlined briefly with some notes of special relevance to the seafood scientist. 3.47 By targeting these ubiquitin-labeled proteins.58 Thorough homogenization is essential to ensure complete and reproducible extraction of the proteome. which proteins are being degraded by the proteasome at a given time or under given conditions. or fluorescent dyes.52–57 3. it is possible to observe the ubiquitin–proteasome “degradome. which is most conveniently performed using commercial dry IPG gel strips.22 and Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) liver.2. These strips consist of a dried IPG-containing polyacrylamide gel on a plastic backing.

IEF is normally performed for several hours at high voltage and low current. Optimal conditions for reswelling are normally provided by the IPG strip manufacturer. although this will depend on the IPG gradient and the length of the strip. Application of a low voltage current may speed up the reswelling process.g. sigmoidal pH ranges. The appropriate IEF protocol will depend not only on the sample and IPG strip.2. the dried gel needs to be reswelled to its original volume.. Broad-range linear strips (e.26 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis MW (kDa) 60 42 30 22 17 4 5 pl 6 7 Figure 3. which is then increased stepwise to about 3. Isoelectrofocusing was by pH 4–7 IPG strip and the second dimension was in a 12% polyacrylamide slab gel. Reswelling is normally performed overnight at 4°C. If the protein sample is to be applied during the reswelling process. A recipe for a typical reswelling buffer is presented in Section 3.500 V. pH 3–10) are commonly used for whole-proteome analysis of tissue samples.2. usually totaling about 10. extraction directly into the reswelling buffer is recommended.2 A 2DE protein map of whole Atlantic cod (G. The proteins are separated according to their pI in the horizontal dimension and according to their mass in the vertical dimension. Typically. the starting voltage is about 150 V.000–30.1. Narrow-range strips also allow for higher sample loads (since part of the sample will run off the gel) and thus may yield improved detection of low-abundance proteins.000 Vh. This method is thus suitable for most 2DE applications and has all but completely replaced the older and less reproducible method of IEF by carrier ampholytes in tube gels. but also on . but for many applications narrow-range and/or sigmoidal IPG strips may be more appropriate as these will give a better resolution of proteins in the fairly crowded pI 4–7 range. morhua) larval proteins with pI between 4 and 7 and molecular mass about 10–100 kDa. Before electrophoresis.

3 Orientation and placement of an isoelectrofocused IPG strip onto the top of the second-dimension gel. This will alkylate thiol groups and prevent their reoxidation during electrophoresis. During the equilibration step. Care must be taken that the (+) end of the strip is on the same side of all slab gels. Figure 3.61 using glycine as the trailing ion and the same buffer (25 mM Tris.3 Equilibration Before the isoelectrofocused gel strip can be applied to the second-dimension slab gel.5% iodoacetamide and without DTT (otherwise identical buffer) may be required for some applications.3) and cemented in place using a molten agarose solution. The manufacturer’s instructions should be followed. but for most applications gradient gels or gels of about 10% or 12% polyacrylamide are appropriate.2. trace amount of bromophenol blue.1% SDS) at both electrodes. A tracking dye for the second electrophoresis step is also normally added at this point. . Görg et al. avoiding trapping air bubbles.4 Second-Dimension Electrophoresis Once the gel strip has been equilibrated. The gel is run at a constant current of 25 mA until the bromophenol blue dye front has reached the bottom of the gel. Ready-made gels suitable for analytical 2DE are available commercially. A typical equilibrationbuffer recipe is as follows: 50 mM Tris–HCl at pH 8.60 the Laemmli method.8. thus reducing vertical streaking. 1% DTT.56 reviewed IEF for 2DE applications.59 3. it needs to be equilibrated for 30–45 min in a buffer-containing SDS and a reducing agent such as DTT. it is applied to the top edge of an SDS-PAGE slab gel (Figure 3.Proteomics ◾ 27 the equipment used. that the gel side of the IPG strip faces the notched side of the glass plate. This is best performed using a dentist’s tool or other appropriate implement.2. taking care to put the pressure on the IPG strip’s plastic backing rather than the gel itself. While some reviewers recommend alternative buffer systems. remains the most popular one.2. 192 mM glycine. Optimal pore size depends on the size of the target proteins. A second equilibration step in the presence of 2. 3. 30% glycerol.2. 0. the SDS–polypeptide complex that affords protein-size-based separation will form and the reducing agent will preserve the reduced state of the proteins. 6 M urea. 2% SDS. and that the strip is pressed gently onto the SDS gel.

gene expression in several tissues varies considerably among the individuals of the same species. followed by staining for several days in 0.2. Pooling samples may also be an option and this depends on the type of experiment. and followed by destaining for several hours in water. matching. and individual protein quantification.2.3 Protein Identification by Peptide Mass Fingerprinting Identification of proteins on 2DE gels is most commonly achieved via mass spectrometry of trypsin digests. such as in difference gel electrophoresis (DIGE).63 In particular. There are.62 3. and staining with fluorescent dyes.6 Analysis Although commercial 2DE image analysis software. spot matching between gels tends to be time-consuming and has proved difficult to automate. Also. or Progenesis (Nonlinear Dynamics). such as Student’s t-test.64 These difficulties arise from several sources of variation among individual gels. Briefly.28 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 3.68 where peptides are suspended in a matrix of small. has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years. such as ImageMaster (Amersham).2. A great many alternative visualization methods are available.5-dihydroxybenzoic acid) followed by ionization by a laser at the excitation wavelength of the matrix molecules and acceleration of the ionized peptides in an electrostatic field into a flight tube where the time of flight of each peptide is measured and this gives its expected mass. followed by incubation for 1 h in 17% ammonium sulfate/34% methanol/2% ortho-phosphoric acid.65–67 3.5 Staining Visualization of proteins spots is commonly achieved through staining with colloidal Coomassie Blue G-250 due to its low cost and ease of use. . such as protein load variability due to varying IPG strip reswelling or protein transfer from strip to slab gel. Patton published a detailed review of visualization techniques for proteomics. including protein spot definition. the spot of interest is excised from the gel. PDQuest (BioRad). many of which are more sensitive than colloidal Coomassie and thus may be more suitable for applications where the visualization of low-abundance proteins is important. organic. The most popular mass spectrometry method is MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. and therefore individual variation is a major concern and needs to be accounted for in any statistical treatment of the data. analysis of the 2DE gel image. and the resulting peptide mixture is analyzed by mass spectrometry. such as the SYPRO or Cy series of dyes.1% Coomassie Blue G-250/17% ammonium sulfate/34% methanol/2% ortho-phosphoric acid. UV-absorbing molecules (such as 2.2. digested with trypsin (or another suitable protease). A typical staining procedure includes fi xing the gel for several hours in 50% ethanol/2% ortho-phosphoric acid. These multiple sources of variation has led some investigators63–65 to cast doubt on the suitability of univariate tests.2. Multiple staining with dyes fluorescing at different wavelengths offers the possibility of differential display allowing more than one proteome to be compared on the same gel. These include radiolabeling. commonly used to assess the significance of observed protein expression differences. followed by several 30 min washing steps in water. such as with [35S] methionine. however. Multivariate analysis has been successfully used by several investigators in recent years. remains the bottleneck of 2DE-based proteome analysis and still requires a substantial amount of subjective input by the investigator. commercially available colloidal Coomassie staining kits that do not require fi xation or destaining.

9 were able to attain an identification rate of about 80% using a combination of search algorithms that included the open-access Mascot program69 and a licensed version of Protein Prospector MS-Fit70 by searching against both protein databases and a database containing all salmonid nucleotide sequences. The resulting spectrum of peptide masses (Figure 3. The ExPASy Tools web site (http://www. How useful this method is will depend on the length and quality of the available nucleotide sequences.4) is then used for protein identification by searching against expected peptide masses calculated from data in protein sequence databases. using the appropriate software.54 50 40 1287. excluded from the analysis.56 1974. Several programs are available.8 1652. Martin et al.63 1258.50 30 856. As can be seen in Table 3. The open markers indicate mass peaks corresponding to trypsin self-digestion products and were. 100% agreement was observed between the two methods.70 1697.86 1028.expasy. it is possible to take advantage of the available nucleotide sequences.2 2798.6 Mass (m/z) 2108.Proteomics ◾ 29 842. To circumvent this problem. therefore. such as the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) nonredundant protein sequences database.10 and Vilhelmsson et al. or transcript abundance). It is important to realize.43 .06 1575. correlated activity measurements.4 2212.50 20 10 0 741.69 1659. this problem is surprisingly acute for species of commercial importance. The solid markers indicate the peaks that were found to correspond to expected b-2 tubulin peptides.98 1886. Attaining a high identification rate is problematic in fish and seafood proteomics due to the relative paucity of available protein sequence data for these animals.25 Figure 3.60 Peptides identified as those derived from Atlantic cod β-tubulin Trypsin autolysis peaks 1159. In their work on the rainbow trout liver proteome. identified as b-2 tubulin.00 1196.0 1229.90 1822.71 100 90 80  Intensity 1061.org/tools) contains links to most of the available software for protein identification and several other tools. to obtain a tentative identity. 2506.4 A trypsin digest mass spectrometry fingerprint of an Atlantic cod larval protein spot. that an identity obtained in this manner is less reliable than that obtained through protein sequences and should be regarded only as tentative in the absence of corroborating evidence (such as 2D immunoblots.1.07 1131.51 1040.35 1621. however.801616. which in many cases is more extensive than the protein sequences available. many with a web-based open-access interface.36 2564.61 1272. In those cases where both the protein and nucleotide databases yielded results.54 70 1960.96 60 870.

557 .871 32.) Gastropoda (incl.751 Crustacea (Crustaceans) Caridea (shrimps. etc.287 8.208 2. whelks and abalone) Cephalopoda (squid and octopi) 32. and wolffish) Pleuronectiformes (flatfishes.008 Mollusca (Mollusks) Bivalvia (mussels.380 898. saithe. halibut.30 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Table 3.158 20. mackrel. redfish and lumpfishes) 185. incl.063 3.656 2.782.845 999. 2008 Protein Sequences Nucleotide Sequences Actinopterygii (Ray-Finned Fishes) Anguilliformes (eels and morays) Clupeiformes (herrings) Cypriniformes (carps) Siluriformes (catfishes) Salmoniformes (salmons and trout) Gadiformes (cod-likes.442 237 2. tuna.210 Chondrichthyes (Cartilagenous Fishes) Carcharhiniformes (ground sharks and dogfishes) Lamniformes (mackrel sharks) Rajiformes (skates and rays) 3.407 84.933 3.) Astacidea (lobsters and crayfishes) Brachyura (short-tailed crabs) 21.896 3.245 2. sea bass. and pollock) Lophiiformes (anglerfishes.138 36.381 45. sole.1 Families of Some Commercially Important Seafood Species and the Availability of Protein and Nucleotide Sequence Data as of March 27.762 726.007 911 303 18. haddock.489 130.626 138 16.203 467.533 1. monkfish) Perciformes (perch-likes.592 735 179 585 768.680 1.585 1. turbot.122 268 26. etc. incl.046.344 5. sea bream. incl. cod.798 81.424 2. incl. scallops.086 2.006 121.845 10. incl.864 47. and plaice) Zeiformes (dories) Scorpaeniformes (scorpionfishes.284 2.353 287 170.237 2.

fish physiology.95 resulting in different expression of proteins. In the peptide mass fingerprinting discussed earlier. and nucleus.79 Rappsilber et al. as well as in aquaculture.87 With the lower cost.82 Lin et al.76 Nyman. yielding a second layer of information. or redistribution of specific proteins within cells.90–92 The morphological and physiological changes that occur during these developmental stages are characterized by differential cellular and organelle functions. Until recently.89 A brief discussion of a few emerging areas within fish and seafood proteomics is given as follows. each peptide mass can potentially represent any of a large number of possible amino acid sequence combinations. The larger the mass (and longer the sequence). for example. Early studies focused on relatively small.3 Applications of 2DE in Seafood Analysis The two-dimensional electrophoresis has been in use within food science for at least two decades.23. Recent studies on global protein expression during early developmental stages of zebrafish7 and Atlantic cod6 revealed that distinctive protein profiles characterize the developmental stages of these fishes even though abundant proteins are largely conserved during the experimental period. These variations may. have gained considerable momentum. by Yates.83 and Delahunty and Yates. cytoskeleton. In both these studies.3.86 and soybean protein bodies.. which. several short stretches of amino acid sequence will be obtained for each peptide.71.72 Today. improved reproducibility and resolving power of electrophoretic separation techniques. posttranslational modifications. and development.77 Damodaran et al. In MS/MS one or several peptides are separated from the mixture and dissociated into fragments that are then subjected to a second round of mass spectrometry. if rather more time-consuming. Proteome analyses in developing organisms have shown that many . physiology.88.84 3.94 Proteome analysis provides valuable information on the variations that occur within the proteome of organisms.1 Development Fishes go through different developmental stages (embryo.93 This is reflected in the variations of global protein expression and posttranslational modifications of the proteins that may cause alterations in protein function. way of obtaining protein identities is by direct sequence comparison.81 Gygi and Aebersold. and adult) during their life span that coincide with changes in the morphology.73–75 Mass spectrometry methods in proteomics have been reviewed. this was accomplished by N-terminal or internal (after proteolysis) sequencing by the Edman degradation of eluted or electroblotted protein spots. the method of choice is tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). the higher the number of possible combinations.80 Mo and Karger. 3. Furthermore..Proteomics ◾ 31 A more direct. larva.85 wheat flour baking quality factors. reflect a response to biological perturbations or external stimuli9–11. when combined with the peptide and fragment masses obtained.78 Thiede et al. and vastly superior protein spot identification techniques.. proteomic investigations on fish and seafood products. enhances the specificity of the method even further. Correlating this spectrum with the candidate peptides identified in the first round narrows down the number of candidates.. for example. the identified proteins consisted mainly of proteins located in the cytosol. clearly defined subproteomes and included such applications as the characterization of bovine caseins. and behavior of the fish.20 To date few studies on fish development exist in which proteome analysis techniques have been applied.

For example. Studies on various proteins have shown that during fish development sequential synthesis of different isoforms appear successively. fermentation. The major obstacle on the use of proteomics in embryonic fish has been the high proportion of yolk proteins. therefore. Link et al. and production of surimi and conserves occur under conditions conducive to endogenous proteolysis. and their oxidation during frozen storage.111 3. Thus.27 published a method to efficiently remove the yolk from large batches of embryos without losing cellular proteins. The success in the removal of yolk proteins by Link et al. These interfere with any proteomic application that intends to target the cells of the embryo proper.8. the embryos fall out of their chorions facilitating the removal of the yolk.102 common sole (Solea solea).3.108 3. are well suited for investigation using 2DE-based proteomics.27 is probably due to dechorionation prior to the deyolking of the embryos.88.21.99–107 The developmental changes in the composition of muscle protein isoforms have been tracked by proteome analysis in African catfish (Heterobranchus longifilis). Furthermore.99–107 In this context.7 Despite this undertaking. are among persistent quality problems in the seafood industry and have deleterious effects on fish flesh texture.21 and dorada (Brycon moorei).101 These studies demonstrated that the muscle shows the usual sequential synthesis of protein isoforms in the course of development.98 Different isoforms generated by posttranslational modifications are largely overlooked by studies based on RNA expression. in the common sole 2DE revealed two isoforms (larval and adult) of myosin light chain 2 and likewise in dorada larval and adult isoforms of troponin I were sequentially expressed during development. and pI of the protein present in a tissue.99.2 Quality Involution Degradation of proteins during chilled storage. This fact further indicates the importance of the proteome approach to understand cellular mechanisms that underlie fish development.3.113 . usually have different molecular weight or pI and can.110 Problems of this kind. developmental stage specific muscle protein isoforms have gained a special attention. many of which are correlated with specific textural properties in seafood products. Proteomic techniques have thus been shown to be applicable for investigating cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the morphological and physiological changes that occur during fish development. although degradation of myofibrillar proteins by calpains and cathepsins112. molecular mass. It is also worth noting that protein isoforms other than proteolytic ones. whether they be encoded in structural genes or brought about by posttranslational modification. a large number of yolk proteins remained prominently present in the embryonic protein profiles.109.21.32 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis of the identified proteins have multiple isoforms96 that reflect either different gene products97 or posttranslationally modified forms of these proteins. where differences are expected to occur in the number. such as curing. By dechorionation. specific isoforms of myofibrillar proteins.1 Protein Autolysis and Oxidation during Storage and Processing The specifics of fish muscle protein autolysis during storage and processing still remain in large part to be elucidated.8.94. can be observed using 2DE or other proteomic methods. be distinguished on 2DE gels. In a recent study on the proteome of embryonic zebrafish. the embryos were deyolked to enrich the pool of embryonic proteins and to minimize ions and lipids found in the yolk prior to 2D gel analysis. several commercially important fish muscle processing techniques.2.

The practice of rearing fish in aquaculture. various quality characteristics of fillet and body were measured124. such as those governing gaping tendency. Olsson et al. as opposed to wild fish catching. is determined by environmental as well as genetic factors. appear to display seasonal variations.123 Both studies indicated that several proteins are differentially expressed in farmed versus wild cod. They found fish muscle proteins to be differentially carbonylated during frozen storage and were able to identify several carbonylated proteins using LC–MS/MS.112. Martinez et al. The diet was found to have a marked effect on product texture. this is fast becoming feasible.10. Kjærsgård et al. it is clear. are optimized. Furthermore.Proteomics ◾ 33 and degradation of the extracellular matrix by the matrix metalloproteases and matrix serine proteases114. such as proteomics. 3.15. Indeed. In a recent study on the feasibility of substituting fish meal in rainbow trout diets with protein from plant sources. To achieve that goal.125 and the liver proteome was analyzed9.2 Aquaculture and Antemortem Effects on Quality and Processability It is well known that an organism’s phenotype.118 Several 2DE studies have been performed on postmortem changes in seafood flesh14–17.115 are thought to be among the main culprits.128 In rainbow trout. With the ever increasing resolving power of molecular techniques. that these quality changes are species dependent116. differences that can affect postmortem biochemical processes in the product which. In the context of this chapter.3. in mammals. The proteasome is a multisubunit enzyme complex that catalyzes proteolysis via the ATP-dependent ubiquitin–proteasome pathway which. For example. such as pathways involved in cellular protein degradation. the ubiquitin–proteasome pathway has been shown to be downregulated in response to starvation129 and have a role in regulating protein deposition efficiency.1 . in turn. affect the involution of quality characteristics in the fish product.121 used a 2DE approach to demonstrate different protein composition of surimi made from prerigor versus postrigor cod and found that 2DE could distinguish between the two. the effects on the proteasome are particularly noteworthy.2. Huss noted in his review122 that product quality differences within the same fish species can depend on feeding and rearing conditions. fatty acid breakdown.117 and. is thought to be responsible for a large fraction of cellular proteolysis.44 The results led the authors to speculate that the difference in texture and postmortem amino acid-free pool development are affected by antemortem proteasome activity. where individual physiological characteristics. We are aware of two recent studies where Atlantic cod muscle proteomes have been compared between farmed and wild fish.120 and have demonstrated the importance and complexity of proteolysis and oxidative changes in seafood proteins during storage and processing. the interplay between these physiological parameters and environmental and dietary variables needs to be understood in detail.117.111. and the amount and composition of free amino acids in the fish flesh.. including quality characteristics.17 used 2DE.123 found these to comprise several members of the glycolytic and Krebs cycle pathways.126 in fish fed with the experimental diets. and NADPH metabolism. flesh softening during storage. 67. etc. 2D-immunoblots and LC–MS/MS to study changes in protein oxidation during frozen storage of rainbow trout. furthermore. therefore raises the tantalizing prospect of managing quality characteristics of the fish flesh antemortem. the proteome analysis identified a number of metabolic pathways sensitive to plant protein substitution in rainbow trout feed.119. Whatever may be the mechanism.127.

143 Lopez and coworkers. as well as being relevant from a public health standpoint.3.142. The allergen was identified as a protein with close similarity to arginine kinase. and probed the membranes with serum from confirmed shrimp allergic patients. this makes the issue of species authentication an area of increasing economic importance.140. Mytilus galloprovincialis. including structural proteins such as tropomyosin. 2DE-based methods have been developed to distinguish various closely related species.34 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 3. From early on. They found the difference to be due to a single T to D amino acid substitution. A final proof was obtained by purifying the protein. as different fish species have different market values. studying the cause of shrimp allergy in humans. Proteome analysis can therefore potentially yield more information than genomic methods. the proteomes of even closely related fish species are be easily distinguishable by eye from one another on 2D gels1 indicating that diagnostic protein spots may be used to distinguish closely related species.139 These early efforts were reviewed in 1980.5% of young adults are allergic to shrimp. 3. The allergens were then identified by MALDITOF MS of tryptic digests. The identity was further corroborated by cloning and sequencing the relevant cDNA. Penaeus monodon. trossulus could be distinguished from the other two species on foot extract 2D gels by a difference in a tropomyosin spot. such as the gadoids or several flat fishes. During the 1960s. proteomics-based species identification methods are likely to develop rapidly and find commercial uses within this field. particularly for addressing questions on the health status of the fish in question. and postmortem treatment.135–137 which was soon followed by methods to identify species in processed or cooked products. Piñeiro and coworkers have found that Cape hake (Merluccius capensis) and European hake (Merluccius merluccius) can be distinguished on 2D gels from other closely related species by the presence of a particular protein spot identified as corresponding to nucleoside diphosphate kinase. 1D electrophoretic techniques were developed to identify the raw flesh of various species.143 Indeed. blotted the 2D gel onto a PVDF membrane. While DNA-based species identification130–132 and isotope distribution techniques for determining geographical origin133 are powerful tools in this area and likely to remain the methods of choice in the near term. the proteome varies from tissue to tissue and with environmental conditions.134 recently reviewed proteomic and other methods for species authentication in foodstuffs. studying three species of European mussels: Mytilus edulis.4 Allergen Identification Allergenic potential is food safety issue of particular concern to the seafood producer. possibly indicating freshness and tissue information in addition to species.147 at National Taiwan University. but also their relative ratios in mixtures of several fish species and muscle types14 would become viable once a suitable number of markers have been identified. found that M. and Mytilus trossulus. demonstrating that it had arginine kinase . Martinez et al.3.3 Species Authentication Processed fish products are increasingly common in the market and.144 Martinez and Jakobsen Friis concluded that the identification of not only the species present. For example. proteomic methods have been recognized as a potential way of fish species identification.146 Proteome analysis can be a valuable tool for the identification and the characterization of allergens as exemplified by the study of Yu et al. about 0. Allergic reactions to seafood affect a significant part of the population. the presence of stress-factors or contamination levels at the place of breeding.145 Seafood allergies are caused by an immunoglobulin E-mediated response to particular proteins. These authors.141 More recently.18. performed a 2DE on crude protein extracts from the tiger prawn.138.14 Unlike the genome.

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...... 43 4... The rise of * Equal contributors.................Chapter 4 Seafood Genomics Astrid Böhne...........5 Genomics and Aquaculture ........................... Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea 4........... medicine............ 49 4..... but of exquisite flavour.................. which has revolutionized biology.1 Introduction .......... and the Management of Biodiversity .........* Frédéric Brunet.............. all fish that would be of use to us.........................52 There the nets brought up beautiful specimens of fish: Some with azure fins and tails like gold....................................... and yellow-tinged gills............... others...... 44 4.... some nearly destitute of scales......6 Concluding Remarks ...................47 4...........2 Genetics and Genomics.............4 Genomics.............1 Introduction The development of high-throughput DNA sequencing methods has opened the era of genomics................................. Fisheries........................... Jules Verne......................... with bony jaws...........................* Delphine Galiana-Arnoux.............................................3 Genomic Resources and Genome Projects for Aquatic Species ......................51 Acknowledgments ................................. the flesh of which is unrivalled........ 43 ...................................................... and Jean-Nicolas Volff Contents 4.............................................................52 References ................45 4..........................................................* Christina Schultheis..... as good as bonitos...................................................... and biotechnology over the last decade...................

Genetic loci and genes of interest can then be mapped relative to these markers. increasingly used for phylogenetic reconstructions [4].2 Genetics and Genomics Genetics can be defined as the science of heredity and variation in organisms. Random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers are amplified enzymatically by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using short arbitrary oligonucleotide primers. Molecular markers are not only useful for genome mapping but also represent important tools in other domains. genes and alleles of zootechnical interest for the genetic improvement of economically important species. genomics is principally used to identify molecular markers. One of them. for example.7]. In the field of biotechnology. in population genetics. which themselves constitute the genome. 4. with randomly sheared pieces of DNA massively cloned. Gene regulatory and coding sequences are then predicted through bioinformatic analysis involving sequence prediction and database comparisons. the latter being of wide use in genotyping and mapping experiments. generally orthologous sequences [3]. nuclear and organelle genomes can be sequenced to (almost) completion. Amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) markers combine the principle of RFLP with PCR: fragments cut with restriction enzymes are ligated with adaptors. DNA fragments are amplified enzymatically using primers matching both adaptor and restriction site. Traditionally. consists in delineating intervals on the genome with genetic markers. called genetic mapping. function. caused by sequence polymorphisms at restriction sites) [2]. as done for the human genome [6. with the distance between markers being directly proportional to the frequency of recombination between them. arrangement. . SNP analysis can therefore uncover genes and residues that are targeted by evolution and lead to the identification of disease-associated genes. providing an estimation of their localization in the genome. comparative mapping provides important information on the structure and evolution of genomes in different species. The development of efficient methods in bioinformatics is a condition sine qua non for progresses in the field of genomics. Genomics has important applications for fisheries and aquaculture [1]. Heredity is based on genes. Genetic markers must be polymorphic to allow the analysis of their segregation. and to contribute to the management of biodiversity. such as restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLPs. but organelles (mitochondria and chloroplasts) have their own genome too. sequenced. Finally. Since SNPs can occur not only in noncoding but also in coding sequences. This generates a genetic linkage map. that is. usually dinucleotides or tetranucleotides). and therefore of their linkage. which are carried by chromosomes. The science dealing with the analysis of genomes as a whole is called genomics. and evolution. and subsequently assembled in “contigs” in silico. There are different but complementary ways to analyze genomes. can also be used for mapping purposes. DNA markers with a polymorphic number of tandem repeats are called minisatellites (repeat units up to 25 bp in length) and microsatellites (shorter repeat units. which have genomes with very diverse transposable elements [5]. Different types of DNA markers are used for mapping. Massive analysis of functional gene variability in many organisms has allowed to better understand the molecular basis of biodiversity and disease. genomes are sequenced using the “shotgun” strategy. one nucleotide differences within otherwise identical.44 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis genomics has generated an impressive wave of novel information concerning genome structure. Such markers might be further developed in fish. Other important markers are single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Most genes are located in the nucleus. polymorphic insertions of retrotransposable elements. In addition. and structure. which are reviewed in this chapter. In order to investigate gene content. they are likely to be less neutral than other markers from the functional point of view.

3 Genomic Resources and Genome Projects for Aquatic Species Genetic and genomic resources have been generated for many aquatic species of economical interest. Physical maps can also be constructed by analyzing the segregation of genomics markers (also called STSs for sequence-tagged sites) in randomly fragmented parts of the genome. Of particular interest are expressed sequence tags (ESTs). A method called “DNA barcoding” should help to identify species and phylogenetic units. aquatic model organisms of insignificant importance such as seafood have been developed for other scientific purposes and have been targeted for whole genome-sequencing projects [17]. through the identification of common restriction fragments). The relative position of two contigs can also be estimated cytogenetically using double fluorescent in situ hybridization [8]. [16]). useful in the case of regions rich in repetitive sequences posing problems to assembly after whole genome shotgun sequencing. a new revolution of large-scale sequencing is ushering in a second era of genomics.. see Ref. Probes specific to each contig marked with different fluorochromes are cohybridized on chromosome preparations to test if they are located on the same or on different chromosomes.org/). hereby contributing to species conservation and management of global fish biodiversity (http://www. Parts of the genome. obtained through sequencing of complementary DNA (cDNA) libraries. for example. with novel methods allowing very rapid and much cheaper sequencing of large amounts of DNA [11–13]. 4. Bacterial artificial chromosomes (BACs) accepting inserts from several hundreds of kilobases are frequently used as vectors. proteomics) and function (functional genomics) as well as interactions with the environment (environmental genomics). Generally. These fragments are either integrated in the genome of a host cell line from a different organism in radiation hybrid (RH) mapping [9] or diluted to give aliquots containing approximately one haploid genome equivalent (HAPPY mapping [10]). Additional approaches are required to study gene expression (transcriptomics.fishbol. which can be very useful to precisely determine the relative position of sequence contigs assembled “in silico” from whole genome shotgun sequencing data. for instance. This provides a physical map respecting the “real” base pair distance between genes and markers. a 650 bp fragment of the 5′ end of the mitochondrial gene cytochrome c oxidase I is used as a global standard in fish and other animals (for review. cloned in a bacterial vector and constituting a so-called genomic library. for SNP detection and phylogenetic reconstructions. Large-scale expression studies at the transcriptional level are generally performed using microarrays or other methods of high-throughput expression profiling.g. ESTs can also be used. EST analysis not only provides important data on genes expressed in particular tissues/ organs or at specific stages of development but also allows the characterization of gene structure through comparison with genomic sequences. shotgun sequencing. Importantly. zebrafish and medaka are two complementary fish models to study . can be sequenced either to completion or from their ends.Seafood Genomics ◾ 45 A clone-by-clone approach can be used as an alternative to. or even better in combination with. In addition. For example. Such an approach is. The overlapping between these clones and their relative arrangement in the genome can be determined through fingerprint analysis (e. Barcoding is based on a sequence of short standard parts of the genome. Sequence data can be used among others to identify similarities and differences between species and study genome evolution (comparative genomics [14]) or to infer reliable phylogenetic relationships between organisms (molecular phylogenetics and phylogenomics [15]).

and other salmonids. which is relatively compact. and the zebrafish Danio rerio (http://www. Other species with advanced or completed genome projects include the medaka Oryzias latipes [37. scallop. the genome of the elephant shark Callorhinchus milii. [1. the sequencing of the genome of other crustaceans is planned. A genome project is in the pipeline for another cartilaginous fish.gov/10002154). particularly BAC libraries. For Atlantic salmon and other salmonids. Compared with agricultural plants and terrestrial livestock. which occupy strategic taxonomic positions within and relative to vertebrates (http://www. shrimp. sea bass. Atlantic salmon. and channel catfish [22–28].gov/10002154). for the Atlantic cod (Cod Genomics and Broodstock Development Project.nlm.20]. mussel. carp. skate.shtml).gov/dbEST/). for example. including fish (sea bream.org/Danio_rerio/).ensembl. For cartilaginous fish.sg/). Further projects aim to sequence the genome of coelacanth.21]). sea urchin. as well as RH panels and cDNA microarrays have been constructed for aquatic organisms. Other projects aim to enhance genomic resources for economically important species. evolution. catfish.org/) and Tetraodon nigroviridis [35]. but many other genomic resources have been developed.uvic. lamprey. possibly followed by the genome of the rainbow trout. gar. the purple sea urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus. providing useful information on gene sequence and expression in different tissues and organs or at different stages of development (http://www. tilapia. physical maps are available for species such as Nile tilapia. [17]). These models are nevertheless useful to decipher gene content in species targeted by fisheries and aquaculture through comparative genomics [19. they have revealed some evolutionary peculiarities possibly linked to biodiversity. The genome of an echinoderm.ncbi. Particularly. and others) (for review. assignment of linkage groups to specific chromosomes has been performed through fluorescent in situ hybridization [29].ensembl. (http://www. Aquatic invertebrate species with well-developed EST resources include scallop and oyster (mollusks) as well as blue/green crabs. A genomesequencing project is underway for the tilapia Oreochromis niloticus. such as the high diversity of transposable elements and presence of numerous duplicated genes that are remnants of an ancestral whole genome duplication [30–33]. genomic studies on aquatic species are relatively recent.genome. abalone.genome.ca/index. org/). Both species have an extremely compact genome with low repeat content and short intronic and intergenic sequences and have been useful to identify conserved genes and noncoding sequences in the human genome [36]. Beside the genome of the zooplankton Daphnia pulex (water flea. and hagfish.46 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis vertebrate development [18]. Expressed sequence tags are also available for many fish species. in association with low-coverage sequencing projects for three additional cichlids (http://www. see Ref.edu. http:// codgene. the three-spined stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus (http://www. these sequencing projects have provided valuable general information on the structure. shrimp. Atlantic salmon genome should be sequenced soon. Atlantic salmon.nih. http://esharkgenome. and others) and invertebrates (oyster.ca/grasp/). see Refs. Most genome drafts available so far are for aquatic model species without any real economic importance (for review. and gene content of fish genomes. rainbow trout.php).40]. However. A variety of genomic libraries. http:// www. an aquaculture species of high economical value.38]. and lobster (crustaceans). Fishes with sequenced genomes include the pufferfish species Takifugu rubripes ([34]. including the amphipod . has been sequenced [41]. SNPs and other polymorphic markers as well as linkage maps have now been generated for many aquaculture species. http://wfleabase.fugu-sg. Japanese flounder.org/Gasterosteus_ aculeatus/). no draft genome is available now. particularly by the Genomics Research on All Salmon Project consortium (cGRASP) (http://web.imcb. For some species like the rainbow trout.mdibl. has been sequenced at low coverage [39. the little skate Leucoraja erinacea.a-star.org/research/skategenome.

as well as with a decrease in water quality.kazusa. for example.52].Seafood Genomics ◾ 47 crustacean Jassa slatteryi (http://www. and conservation of biodiversity of aquatic organisms are now high priorities.html). exploitation can act as a selective pressure and induce phenotypical shifts as evolutionary responses.jgi. for the red alga Porphyra yezoensis (http://est. micro/minisatellites. [43]). Population genetics is determined using various polymorphic genetic markers.gov/sequencing). site occupancy. with their particular adaptations and contributions to biodiversity. and the haptophyte Emiliania huxleyi (for review. the diatoms Thalassiosira pseudonana and Phaeodactylum tricornutum.metazome. About 30% of seafood stocks available in 1950 have already collapsed. Genetic monitoring. introduction of exogenous species. Fisheries. Biodiversity decline is associated with a collapse of seafood resource and a reduction in species stability and recovery potential. Seaweed. the estimation of fisheries-induced evolution.org/Nemve1/Nemve1. Important demographic and evolutionary parameters to be considered include organism abundance and vital rates. Characterization of minimum viable population size is required to assess if they are facing a risk of extinction [45]. to maintain water quality. 4. and brown algae).4 Genomics. Populations and ecosystems. leading to a reduction of fisheries’ yield [49. and the Management of Biodiversity Many aquatic populations have been overexploited through overfishing or collapsed and even become extinct through other factors such as pollution. with a major role for genomics. gene flow.genome. is used as food by coastal populations.doe. particularly in the assessment and follow-up of biodiversity in wild stocks. constituted by several groups of multicellular algae (red algae. particularly in East Asia. reproductive structure and behavior. Harvesting and other forms of stress can cause strong alterations in population structure as well as a reduction in biodiversity. Organelle genome sequences and EST resources are available for many algal species.jgi-psf. and to recover from perturbations [48]. for example. climate change.50]. and perturbations of ocean biogeochemistry [44–47]. Restoration of biodiversity increases fisheries productivity. Hence. AFLP and . habitat degradation and loss. the marine picoeukaryote Ostreococcus tauri. green algae. Genome sequencing should follow for many other aquatic animal species of economical interest.or. Consequently. see Ref.gov/10002154) as well as the genome of the Atlantic horseshoe crab (chelicerate) (http://www. the loss of marine biodiversity impairs the ability of ocean to provide food. that is. can be considered as conservation units [52]. and invasion of disease and invasive species [51. description. population structure and interactions. monitoring. Nuclear and mitochondrial molecular markers can be used to identify units of management for fisheries and priorities for the conservation of biodiversity. pedigrees and social structure. and the definition of conservation units and priorities for sustainable fishery management. the quantification of temporal changes in populations using molecular markers. the Pacific oyster [42]. For example. and hybridization. the green algae or chlorophytes Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and Volvox carteri.jp/en/plant/porphyra/EST/). Genome projects are performed for the cnidarian species Hydra magnipapillata (green hydra) and Nematostella vectensis (sea anemone) (http://hydrazome.net/. http://genome. provides information relevant to both the ecological and evolutionary time frame [51]. In addition. including mitochondrial DNA polymorphisms. Genome drafts have been generated for the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae. it has been predicted that all commercial fish and seafood species will have done so by 2048 [48]. fisheries targeting large individuals will select for early maturation at smaller sizes.home.

SNPs. brown trout. Gene transcription profiling suggested that interbreeding of fugitive farmed salmon and wild individuals can substantially modify gene transcription in natural populations exposed to high migration from fish farms. Accordingly. In contrast. taxa can also be considered as conservation units. Through pedigree reconstruction with microsatellite markers. and pike. Quantitative genetics as well as evolutionary genetics and genomics can help to identify such groups of high evolvability and to study the mechanisms driving their adaptability and speciation. phylogenetics and phylogenomics are of major importance for the recognition of endangered taxa from the systematic point of view. The effects of stress factors contributing to species collapse and . Finally. sufficient genetic data might be available to provide at least basic information on genetic structure and genetic units for biologically sustainable use [56].59]. see Ref. multiple SNPs have been generated for Atlantic cod. [1]). including Atlantic herring.62]. Molecular markers can be used to monitor the efficiency of programs aiming to supplement declining wild populations through individuals reared in captivity. including the European flounder and the brown trout [61. conservation efforts could focus on the preservation of genetic diversity allowing biota to adapt to new conditions. with poorly represented phylogenetic groups receiving high conservation priorities [52]. For example. Genomics and transcriptomics can allow assessing the genetic and functional consequences of interbreeding between farmed and wild fish. Populations of North-East Arctic cod and Norwegian coastal cod have been analyzed. and others (for review. European eel. for which large annual escapees of farmed Atlantic salmon enhance the risk of extinction of wild populations. For example. it has been. thereby identifying loci potentially influenced by natural selection [53]. This approach has already been used to identify adaptive differences between natural populations in several species. Genetic monitoring of diversity using polymorphic markers allows monitoring population size and diversity over time. turbot. resulting in potentially detrimental effects on survival of these populations [67]. Genome-wide gene expression profiling can also be used to detect variations in gene expression within and among natural populations [60]. species-rich groups such as the East African cichlids [64] might be preserved with priority since their evolution potential might predispose them to serve as progenitors of future biodiversity [52]. observed that reintroduced steelhead trout presented reduced reproductive capabilities caused by genetic effects of domestication [66]. this field will certainly be of major importance in the future of fisheries management and biodiversity conservation. Different types of markers have been used for the estimation of natural population and the determination of conservation genetic parameters in salmonids [54] and to estimate quantitative genetic parameters under wild conditions [55]. Beside populations. microsatellite data indicated marked genetic changes in declining North Sea cod [57]. For several species. Population genomics is a form of population genetics extending the analysis of genetic variation in natural populations to the scale of the genome itself. with possible detection of DNA sequences promoting evolution in their genomes [17]. DNA barcoding and other methods have applications not only for species identification and molecular phylogenies but also in the field of population genetics to describe genetic diversity within species [16]. the available population genetic information is insufficient for most other species. Atlantic salmon. This type of study has been performed on Atlantic salmon. with the discovery of new groupings and the determination of divergence times and molecular clocks [63].48 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis RAPD markers. Evolutionary genetics and genomics might also help to understand the interplay between fishing and natural selection on population and species targeted by fisheries [65]. heralding a new era in the analysis of adaptive evolution and functional variation [58. With the development of much faster and cheaper high-throughput sequencing methods. for example. For example.

pollution (ecotoxicogenomics). These methods are particularly useful when classical individual tagging is difficult or when individual tanks are not available to separate families. exhibit low heritability. for example. fillet quality (color. aquaculture including marine aquaculture (mariculture) has increased its production by a 20-fold factor over the last 30 years.5 Genomics and Aquaculture Fish consumption has doubled over the past 50 years and would need to double again over the next 25 years ([69] and references therein). and virus resistance in shrimp [86]. and fat deposition). growth and feed efficiency. can be used for parental assignment and construction of DNA pedigrees to analyze the heritability of zootechnical parameters and reproductive success or to avoid inbreeding and estimate genetic diversity [71]. Selection against an allele. MAS can be performed at early stages of development and is particularly appropriate for traits that are difficult to measure. especially in developing countries. particularly polymorphic DNA markers such as microsatellites. individuals backcrossed with the “production” parent will be selected for the presence of a molecular marker linked to the resistance locus. cold tolerance.68]. texture. a gene conferring disease resistance into a strain selected for production. on its linkage with the locus of interest.Seafood Genomics ◾ 49 extinction. but genetics and genomics remain poorly developed for aquaculture species compared with crops and livestocks [70]. body weight and size. The efficiency of the method depends on the predictability provided by the marker. diversification and genetic improvement of cultivated species should lead to both a reduction in production costs and an increase in fish production. as well as the development of resistance mechanisms by the targeted species can be studied using transcriptomics [25. Linkage analysis allows determining the segregation of a trait of interest relative to polymorphic molecular markers. body weight and length in the Kuruma prawn [85]. The genetic basis of important zootechnical traits. and others must be analyzed to allow efficient breeding and management programs. In this case. for example. disease resistance and thermal tolerance in salmonids [72–78]. is also feasible with this method (for review. response to stress. A variation of MAS using markers covering the whole genome to assess the status of multiple QTLs is called genomic selection . conferring for example a disease. 4. Examples include the mapping of QTLs involved in development rate. such as resistance to viral and bacterial diseases. This method also allows monitoring the transfer of genes that control desired phenotypes between breeds. Marker-assisted selection is an indirect process based on the selection of a DNA marker linked to a trait of interest to choose animals for selective breeding programs instead of selecting on the trait itself. and/or are expressed late in development. as well as in growth-related traits in the Pacific abalone [83]. biochemical parameters of blood and fish size in tilapia [79–81] and growth-related traits in sea bass [82]. Significant improvements have been obtained through efficient breeding programs for several species such as farmed salmon and trout. Genomic sequences. disease resistance in oyster [84]. DNA markers linked to a locus of zootechnical interest can subsequently be used to perform marker-assisted selection (MAS). sexual development. that is. Accordingly. the most effective markers to perform this method of selection are the functional mutations within the trait genes (“direct” markers). innate immunity. Aquaculture needs to be further developed in the future. [2]). see Ref. Linkage maps are used to map onto genomes genetic loci such as quantitative trait loci (QTLs) influencing traits of economical interest in aquaculture fish species. Molecular methods have contributed to the significant increase in aquaculture production worldwide. In order to reduce the ecological disaster of overfishing and contribute to solve the problem of global feeding.

Further characterization can be performed at the functional level in vitro or in vivo.50 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis [87]. all possible forms of genetic sex determination have been observed. Interestingly. Sex-specific molecular markers linked to the master sex-determining gene on the sex chromosomes have been identified in many aquaculture fish species. monosex cultures (either all-male or all-female populations. as an alternative to exogenous hormone treatment. depending on the species) are frequently used in fish farming.99]. Sequencing and sequence comparison of the different versions of the gene in individuals polymorphic for the phenotypes studied can allow the identification of the sequence variation at the origin of phenotype differences. gene candidates with described functions related to the trait of interest can be directly mapped on the linkage map. is not present in any fish species of economical interest. for example through temperature. A trait of particular interest for aquaculture is sex determination. Synchronous hermaphrodites also exist in fish. For the great majority of aquaculture species. including salmonids. thus reflecting a frequent switching between sex determination systems during evolution. Alternatively. Due to this variability. behavior. In numerous species. sex determination can be influenced by temperature and other environmental factors such as the pH of water and even social parameters [89]. Molecular sexing of individuals at early stages of their development using sex-specific markers would allow the early selection of breeders of a chosen genotype for the production of monosex populations and the rapid analysis of breeding. tilapia. A better knowledge of sex determination is also required for environment-friendly manipulation of phenotypic sex. the minimal set of overlapping clones covering the region of interest. sex determination is hypervariable in fish [88].). a BAC library. Gene candidates with potentially interesting functions can be also directly sequenced in different families without . with the hope of revealing a colocalization with the locus itself. In gonochoristic (with distinct sexes) species. Such monosex populations can be obtained with parents sex-reversed through hormone treatment or produced by androgenesis or gynogenesis. flesh quality. Phenotypic sex can frequently be fully reversed by hormone treatment. in contrast to the situation observed for example in birds and mammals. dmrt1bY from the medaka fish Oryzias latipes [98. thereby reducing the number of genes to be tested. even closely related fish species can have very different mechanisms of sex determination. sequencing can be performed on the tilling path. MAS has not been used so far. and African catfish [90–97]. The only master sex-determining gene identified so far in fish. and gynogenesis products. a method largely used in aquaculture to control fish reproduction. Sequencing of genomic clones covering a region of interest can also provide new DNA markers that can be used to refine the mapping of the locus. etc. androgenesis. In order to avoid overcrowding and stress induced by sexual maturation and exploit advantageous sex-linked traits (growth rate. Genes identified through sequencing can be chosen for further analysis according to their described function or their pattern of expression. When a physical map is available. Interestingly. from male and female heterogamety with or without influence of autosomal loci to more complicated systems involving several loci but without sex chromosomes (polyfactorial sex determination) or more than two sex chromosomes and even several pairs of sex chromosomes. particularly due to the lack of high-resolution genetic maps [1]. When a genomic library is available. the gene itself and the sequence polymorphism involved in phenotypic variation can be identified through positional cloning. Once DNA markers linked to a locus controlling a trait of economical interest have been identified. Several hundreds of fish species are sequential hermaphrodites and develop either first as a male and subsequently as a female (protandrous) or vice versa (protogynous). sex-linked markers for molecular sexing at early stages of development are generally restricted to a single species or are even population-specific within a same species. for example. genomic clones containing markers linked to the locus can be isolated from the library and sequenced to determine their gene content.

since information on resource status and extinction risk is available for only a minority of marine fish species [45]. hybrid striped bass. EST. [112]). cobia. bream. with strong consequences on fisheries productivity. For example. genomics will boost the discovery of new bioactive molecules in aquatic organisms [113. and Australian Murray cod for fresh water species [69]. In this domain. Genomics will also help to improve and control transgenesis and other methods of modification of gene expression. dolphin fish. Phosphorus-responsive genes have been identified through transcriptomics in rainbow trout [104]. wolf fish. Importantly. with the potential of increasing growth. and Arctic char. ecological. cod. organs and stages of development has been performed in a variety of aquaculture species (for review. Transcriptomics is useful to detect genes differentially expressed in different genetic backgrounds or conditions. From systematic.Seafood Genomics ◾ 51 mapping in order to test for associations between sequence and phenotype variation. and grouper for marine species. a better knowledge of genes involved in the control of economically important traits will contribute to improve the production and reduce the costs for current aquaculture species and to identify and develop new potential target species for aquaculture. but see Ref. In aquaculture. and disease resistance ([69]. Such new species might include halibut. [1]). The detection of genes of zootechnical interest can also be performed through large-scale transcriptional analysis (transcriptomics). . The effect of artificial selection on gene expression has been monitored through transcriptome analysis in Atlantic salmon [102]. selection methods based on molecular makers remain extremely underdeveloped for aquatic species and will require further exploration based on denser genetic maps.and microarray-based transcription profiling for specific tissues. seafood genetics and genomics might revolutionize fisheries management and aquaculture development. and conservation. see Wenne et al.6 Concluding Remarks In the future. Microarray analysis of gene expression changes in catfish liver after infection with the gram-negative bacterium Edwardsiella ictaluri indicated a strong upregulation of several pathways involved in the inflammatory immune response and potentially in innate disease resistance [110]. One example is the identification of associations between SNPs in candidate genes and the growth rate in Arctic charr [100]. exploitation. Genes expressed in response to infection with white spot syndrome virus have been identified in shrimp [111]. genomics has important applications in biodiversity analysis. 4. genes differentially expressed in progenies exhibiting opposed susceptibility to summer mortality have been identified by suppression subtractive hybridization in oyster [101]. jack. The effect of dietary fish oil and fishmeal replacement by vegetable oils and plant proteins on farmed fish metabolism has been investigated in juvenile rainbow trout through hepatic gene expression profiling (nutrigenomics [103]). Finally. environmental tolerance. and stress response genes have been investigated in the gilthead sea bream [109]. flounder.114] and will be further developed for the identification/authentication of the composition of sea food products put on the market [115]. Transcriptomics is frequently used to analyze disease and other stress response gene expression and identify resistance gene candidates. Immune response genes downregulated in the gills of amoebic gill disease-affected Atlantic salmons have been found through transcriptome analysis [108]. The effects of hormone treatments can be also monitored using microarrays [105–107]. much work is still to be done. Comparative genomics will need to be further developed to increase the transfer of knowledge from models to aquaculture. and evolutionary perspectives.

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...3.................. beheaded...3 Analysis of ATP-Related Compounds ................Chapter 5 Nucleotides and Nucleosides M..........................................2...............................1 Introduction Bacterial growth is the main factor limiting fish commercial life by producing its alteration and unpleasant flavor..65 5..3 Chromatography.2 Capillary Electrophoresis ....... After death...3........... Aleida S...3.......2....... and Fidel Toldrá Contents 5.59 5......4 Enzymatic Analysis............3........... objective methods for freshness determination are required and the determination of the biochemical changes occurring in early postmortem in fish constitute a helpful tool...............................................................................................2 Chemical Structure of Main Seafood Nucleosides and Nucleotides ........... Sensory methods to evaluate fish quality are subjective and difficult to use in the evaluation of processed (fillets....................................................2.....................3.............................................................................1 31Phosphorous-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy ..............59 5..3.. Hernández-Cázares........ the adenosine triphosphate (ATP) regeneration that occurs in vivo stops and ATP is degraded until 57 .....................1 Extraction of Nucleotides and Nucleosides ....................................61 5.....1 Introduction ........................................... 60 5..........61 5............... The first autolytic process taking place in fish affects carbohydrates and nucleotides....2.2 Nucleotides and Nucleosides Determination .. or eviscerated fish) or canned fish...57 5........ Concepción Aristoy.61 5............................... Nevertheless.................. the autolytic process derived from tissue enzymatic activity and lipid oxidations also contributes to fish maturation and subsequent spoilage............................................. 64 References ...................... Thus.......................... Leticia Mora.........61 5......

because many factors can affect O N H 2N N N N O O HO ATP OH HO P O P O P OH O OH O ATP ase N Pi HO ADP Pi Myokinase OH N N H2N N O O HO P O P OH O O OH OH N HO N N N O OH HO Ino Pi Nucleosidase phosphorilase Ribose 1-phosphate O HN N Hx N N H O2 Xanthine oxidase OH Nucleotidase Pi HO N N N N HO IMP O O OH O P OH AMP deaminase OH NH3 H2N N N N N HO AMP O O OH O P OH OH O HN O H2O2 N H Xa N N H O2 Xanthine oxidase O H2O2 HN O H N O N H UA N H Figure 5. IMP degradation to inosine (Ino) and its disappearance have been correlated with lack of freshness in some fish species.2 Howgate et al. This process involves a series of reactions commonly represented according to the sequence shown in Figure 5. which is oxidized to xanthine (Xa) and uric acid in the presence of xanthine oxidase (XO) enzyme. . This enzyme is mainly generated in muscle from biochemical processes of microorganisms. which is accumulated in postharvest fish.4 However. the use of a single compound as freshness indicator is not always advisable. ATP molecule is rapidly degraded to adenosine monophosphate (AMP) and afterward to inosine monophosphate (IMP). Inosine is transformed to hypoxanthine (Hx) by the action of the enzyme nucleoside phosphorylase (NP). and Hx in the flesh of some species of fish during chilled storage.3 In all cases.1. although it might be accelerated by the action of different bacteria. and either of the two may be used as freshness indicators. As a result of endogenous enzymes action. Ino and Hx concentrations increased during storage.58 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis rigor mortis is reached. whereas AMP remains major in crustaceans. Ino.1 The following IMP dephosphorylation to obtain inosine is mainly autolytic and occurs at a slower rate during the first stage of cold storage. The speed of each step in this reaction chain and especially in the Ino to Hx and Hx to Xa conversion depends on the fish species. IMP is the main nucleotide present in fish species.1 Degradation of ATP in postmortem fish muscle. (2006) published a review of the concentration of IMP.

a high accumulation of Ino occurs during ATP degradation. it is advisable to collect small tissue samples and immerse them into liquid nitrogen.2 Chemical Structure of Main Seafood Nucleosides and Nucleotides To a better understanding of the methods of analysis of these compounds. Some of them are briefly described here. a hypoxanthine ratio or H value (Hx/(IMP + Ino + Hx) × 100) was considered as a better indicator of fish freshness in this type of species. a high content of Hx is related with the bitter off taste of spoiled fish.2). This is the main reason for the use of indexes with more than one compound from the ATP-degradation chain. 5.13. For this reason. is more often considered as monitoring the loss of IMP and is defined as the ratio of Ino and Hx to the sum of IMP. and AMP disappear early postmortem.17 5. the disappearance of the degradation products differs from one species to another3 as mentioned here. consequently. and thus. a revised K value.2. IMP is derived from the inosine in which a phosphate group is attached to the 5-ribose carbon.16. The ratio Hx/AMP was considered an adequate alternative to characterize fish freshness due to its constant increment with time. Nucleotides are o-phosphoric acid esters of the nucleosides. whereas IMP evokes a fresh meaty taste sensation. making K value inadequate as a freshness indicator. or hypoxanthine is attached to a ribose. This is achieved by immediately freezing the excised muscle under liquid nitrogen to stop all enzymatic reactions. the knowledge of their molecular structure is important. as shown when comparing high-temperature short-time process at 125°C for 9 min with a common retort process at 115°C for 90 min. Ino. generally within 1 day of storage in ice after death in all fish species. Nucleosides are glycosylamines that are formed when a nucleobase (purine or pyrimidine base) attaches to a ribose or deoxyribose ring.14 Measurement of ATP-related compounds is also useful for the quality control of retorted fishes.6 This value has been used as one of the freshness indexes to evaluate the quality change of postharvest fish.10. often designed K ′ value or Ki index. In this way.5 and. ADP and ATP are derived from the AMP. respectively.18 After this. On the other hand.7–9 Nevertheless. adenine. even at refrigeration temperatures. nucleotides and nucleosides should be extracted and analyzed.3 Analysis of ATP-Related Compounds The correct analysis of ATP-related compounds must take into account that early postmortem fish muscle is very sensitive to temperature. In order to achieve this rapid freezing.11 and. . These cold conditions must be held along the sample preparation. forming the adenosine or inosine. and it is important to stop this reaction drastically at the sampling time.16 Another suggestion to use nucleotide compounds as a measurement of seafood quality is their relation with sensory attributes. ATP-chain degradation occurs very fast. AMP or adenylic acid is derived from the adenosine in which a phosphate group is attached at the 5-ribose carbon. K value is defined as the ratio of Ino and Hx to the sum of ATP and related compounds expressed as a percentage. and Hx expressed as percentage. also. for several species. ATP. to which one or two additional phosphate groups are attached through pyrophosphate bonds (∼P) (Figure 5.15. adenosine diphosphate (ADP).Nucleotides and Nucleosides ◾ 59 nucleotide degradation such as the type of spoilage bacteria and mechanical handling of fish.12 However. Nucleosides currently analyzed in seafoods are those in which a purine ring.

These fish extracts are used in enzymatic assays with biosensors19.5–6.8 by adding solid potassium carbonate or 1 M potassium hydroxide. The neutralized extract must be made up to 5 mL with 20 mM phosphate buffer pH 7. after centrifugation (27. with or without employing an ion-pairing agent. Ino.2 μm membrane filter and stored under frozen storage at temperatures below −20°C until analysis.000 g for 15 min). avoiding any thawing. and Hx. although storage at −18°C has been demonstrated to be enough to preserve fish samples and fish extracts for the analysis of IMP.8 and then filtered with a 0.2 Structure of adenosine-derived nucleotides. and the tissue is homogenized with a stomacher-type homogenizer for a few minutes under cold conditions.45 mm membrane.20 and/or spectrophotometers as well as in capillary electrophoresis (CE)21 or ion chromatography (IC). The frozen tissue is minced.17 Other extraction methods consist in the homogenization of 2.6 M perchloric acid is added. is the following: 5 g or less of muscle tissue are excised and quickly frozen with liquid nitrogen.5 g of fish sample with 10% trichloroacetic acid and. This neutralized extract is kept in an ice bath for 15 min and centrifuged again (15. the supernatant is filtered through glass wool and neutralized to pH 6.1 Extraction of Nucleotides and Nucleosides A typical extraction procedure for the analysis of fish samples by reversed-phase chromatography. 5. they are neutralized with 2 M sodium hydroxide. 3–5 vol.000 g for 20 min).60 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Adenosine nucleoside N N NH2 OH HO P O O OH P O O O P O OH HO O N N OH Ribose Adenine purine base AMP ADP ATP Adenosine nucleotide Figure 5.000 g for 10 min). cold 0. The supernatant is filtered through a 0.22 . Once the extract is centrifuged (15.3.

2 Nucleotides and Nucleosides Determination Several methods have been used to measure nucleotides and nucleosides. the addition of an ion-pair to the mobile phase greatly improves the separation by increasing the retention time of charged molecules (ATP.2.3. RP-HPLC and ion-paired reverse-phase are the methods of choice for this analysis.22 and enzymatic assays. 5.19 5. Thus. because these samples usually contain significant amounts of ions. the reconditioning of the capillary surface is ensured by washing 1 min with 1M NaOH.28 Also in vitro 31P-NMR spectroscopy has been applied to both excised tissue and perchloric acid extracts of fish muscle. this technique can present problems in reproducibility. both a microwave oven at 500 V for 5 s and heating at 100°C for 60 min have been used. ADP.27 IC. 5. intact fishes after being submitted to physical and chemical stressors such as hypoxia.2 Capillary Electrophoresis CE is a powerful separation technique that can provide high separation efficiency and high sample throughput with minimal sample volume and buffer consumption.3. However. among other chromatographic techniques. radioimmunoassay.26 reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) with and without ion pair. in vivo 31P-NMR spectroscopy has been used as a powerful technique to characterize the biochemical changes that occur in live. In the analysis of complex biological samples.2.Nucleotides and Nucleosides ◾ 61 In the development of biosensor analysis. followed by 2 min of the running buffer used. which may be adsorbed on capillary walls. HPLC has been shown to be the most widely used technique to analyze nucleotides and nucleosides.21 Typical conditions to get a good separation of IMP.3 Chromatography At present. high-performance capillary electrophoresis (HPCE). Capillary electrophoresis has been used in many nucleotide analysis applications as in the study of nucleotide degradation in fish tissues.1 31 31 Phosphorous-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy The phosphorous nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (31P-NMR) technique makes it possible to perform multiple determinations of high-energy phosphates in vivo in the same muscle sample. pH 11.23.3. some authors have described extraction methods that consisted of heated fish sample. inosine. AMP). Nevertheless. ion-exchange HPLC. In particular. The mode of separation will depend on the analyte of interest. and hypoxanthine would be a potential of 416 V/cm of capillary using 100 mM 3-[cyclohexylamino]-1-propanesulfonic acid (CAPS) buffer. and the K′ or K i index will be usually enough to characterize fish .25 thin-layer chromatography (TLC). Thus. In this way. to analyze nucleotides.2. including fish extract.3. nucleotides will disappear at the rigor mortis state (normally 1 day after catch).24 5. including nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR).

17. (3) ADP. which differ mainly in the pH of the mobile phase.15 The identification of the chromatographic peaks can be performed by comparing the peak retention times and spectral characteristics (if a diode array detector is available) with those of standards.29 With buffer pH 7. The separation was achieved with an RP C-18 column at 35°C and a gradient between phosphate buffer at pH 7 and acetonitrile.29 phosphorylated metabolites are also well separated in the chromatogram.3. All of them use a phosphate buffer as the mobile phase and a gradient with methanol or acetonitrile should be accomplished to improve the Ino resolution and reduce the chromatogram time. a simple RP-HPLC with a phosphate buffer as mobile phase will be adequate.3 both chromatograms of standards and hake nucleosides and nucleotides are shown. In Figure 5. (1) IMP.3.3 RP-HPLC chromatograms of standards (a) and hake (b) ATP-derived compounds. The column used is an analytical reversed-phase RP-18 column. (4) AMP.62 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis freshness or quality. (5) hypoxanthine. Then. 5. 1000 (a) 6 800 600 400 Absorbance at 254 nm (mAU) 1 2 3 4 5 200 0 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 0 0 2 4 6 8 10 2 3 6 (b) 1 5 4 Retention time (min) Figure 5.2. There are many approaches to analyze nucleotides and nucleosides by this technique. .1 Reversed-Phase HPLC The chromatographic analysis should be performed in a liquid chromatograph equipped with an UV detector (254 nm). (2) ATP. Quantitative analysis can be performed by external or internal standard method. and (6) inosine.

because the ion pair enhances the retention time and separation. making it less dependant on the type of column. . (4) AMP.Nucleotides and Nucleosides ◾ 63 5. and the key is to add an ion pair (an ion of charge opposite to that of the analyte molecule). Due to the negative charge of the phosphorylated groups of nucleotides. as well as the resolution. Nevertheless.2. 1400 1200 1000 800 600 Absorbance at 254 nm (mAU) 400 200 0 1200 5 1 (a) 6 2 3 4 6 1000 800 600 400 5 200 2 0 0 5 10 Retention time (min) 15 3 1 (b) 4 20 Figure 5. ATP-derived compounds. (5) hypoxanthine.17. which is especially useful in separating mixtures of charged and uncharged molecules.4 Ion-paired HPLC chromatograms of salmon (a) and sardine (b). (3) ADP. Thus. Figure 5. this method is more expensive than the more simple technique previously described.30 This ion-paired technique is especially useful when di. (2) ATP.2 Ion-Pair RP-HPLC The most common technique used for the separation of nucleotides is ion-pair RP-HPLC. either tetrabutylammonium hydrogen sulfate or phosphate is the ion pair most used.3.and tri-nucleotides have to be analyzed. the ion pair should be a positive ion with a hydrophobic rest to improve the affinity with the stationary phase. and (6) inosine. The separation is achieved in a reversed-phase column. due to the ionic nature of the phosphate esters that facilitates strong interactions with the ion-pair reagent at the appropriate pH.4 shows an ion-paired chromatogram of a 48 h postmortem sardine extract.3. (1) IMP.

in which an enzyme or a group of enzymes are immobilized in a membrane or other supports. 5. In this sensor. although biosensors have shown its utility in some applications such as clinical. because the denaturalization of the enzymes with time.35 The most used is the biosensor based on the measure of hypoxanthine.8 and 30°C–37°C. These assays may be carried out with the enzymes in solution31. inosine. which is immobilized in a membrane fi xed in the sensing area of the electrode. Ino. 5. because no interference of salt in the medium was observed here as was in the case using the HPLC method. Prodomidis and Karayannis85 reported a review on enzyme-based amperometric sensors applied to food analysis in which the principles and materials commonly used for the construction of the electrodes are described.4 Enzymatic Analysis The use of enzymatic methods to analyze nucleotides in seafood is widespread due to their high specificity.2. In addition. simplicity. environmental. and biotechnology. while the depletion of oxygen is measured by a Clark-type elec- .41 or for the evaluation of chicken32 and beef meat33 aging.2. constituting what is known as enzyme sensors o biosensors.64 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 5. This sensor has been developed mainly for assessing the freshness of fish meat40.3.36 Nevertheless. and rapid response. which will be further quantified by measuring the absorbance at 290 nm and by polarimetry.4. oxidizes the hypoxanthine to xanthine and uric acid. XO enzyme. These enzymes act by oxidizing the substrates (analyte) while consuming oxygen or producing hydrogen peroxide or uric acid. and hypoxanthine will be oxidized to uric acid and H2O2. enzyme-coated strips. or sensors have a limited shelf life. In these conditions.20.36–38 The most used biosensors for the nucleotide-related compound analysis are electrochemical sensors. which is further coupled to a chemical transducer. The depletion of oxygen or the formation of hydrogen peroxide or uric acid may be detected amperometrically. the analysis may be performed with one or more enzymes. and 5′-nucleotidase (NT) into a reaction phosphate buffer containing the fish extract sample at pH 7.34 A biosensor is a system composed of a biological recognition element and a biochemical or physical transducer in intimate contact or in close proximity with each other in order to relate the concentration of an analyte to a measurable signal.3.2. the use of commercial kits or disposals presents some problems. Indeed. and thus test kits. and IMP may be determined spectrophotometrically by a sequential addition of XO.35 Some details about the use of different biomaterials in order to select the best recognition elements and the most adequate methods for the enzyme immobilization have been described. due to its specificity.33. NP. IMP. electrodes. respectively.20. but they remain immobilized in different supports.31 Another possibility consisted in monitoring the oxygen consumption after these enzymatic reactions with an amperometric-type sensor (oxymeter).32 or immobilized. the application in the food industry is still restricted36 mainly due to critical stages such as enzyme immobilization or sample preparation for analysis.6–7.39 This procedure was also used to analyze ATP and related compounds in fish sauces with very good results. This option offers some advantages in relation to the free enzyme. although these applications used to be achieved with at least one of these enzymes immobilized as described earlier. all the approaches to date need the sample preparation described earlier.4.1 Enzymatic Methods with the Enzyme in Solution The concentration of Hx.3.2 Enzymatic Methods with Immobilized Enzymes In this case. agricultural.

Quinta. Palacios. M. Arai.18 and a silk fibron membrane in combination with a cellulose acetate membrane42 or a nylon net43 have been used. Ino was converted to Hx.E. specific biosensors to determine AMP. and Nguyen52 and afterward it has been commercialized as a Freshness Meter KV-101 (Oriental Electric Co. Gill.E. Most of these supports have been developed with the aim of eliminating interferences due to ascorbic acid.E. Food Sci. thus. Özogul. Food Sci. Matsuyoshi. The consumed oxygen produces a current decrease that can be correlated to the concentration of Hx.A. 24: 749–750.51 The use of multienzymatic biosensors to measure fish freshness has been very helpful for the simultaneous determination of AMP. Jpn. 2005. et al. Nunes. uric acid.56 References 1.. some authors have described this type of biosensor coupled with an oxygen electrode.41 preactivated nylon.44 a polyaniline film by electropolimerization. 212: 141–146. Kuley.6 to −0. F. Robles-Burgueno. cellulose triacetate. Technol. R. 2006.49 and Ino50 and a multienzymatic sensor to analyze simultaneously AMP.E. K i. Technol.23.. and Hx using a cellulose triacetate membrane have been described. Biochemical basis of postmortem nucleotide catabolism in cod (Gadus morhua) and its relationship to spoilage..53. J.. Food Chem. In the measurement of hypoxanthine. Flow injection analysis (FIA) has been widely used in the development of these multienzymatic biosensors constituting different types of reactors in which different enzyme combinations can be immobilized as well as introduced as soluble enzyme. Bull.J. 3. 7. Luong and Male20 used a multienzymatic biosensor system to determine the H value as a fish freshness indicator. Saito. and H values.. and. Özogul. 36: 19–22. Fish. which can be present in the sample or formed during the enzymatic reaction. 6. Ino. T. 2007. 1 mol of Hx would be converted to 1 mol of uric acid and 2 mol of hydrogen peroxide. Male..47 On the other hand. Y.L. Comparable results to that of HPLC were reported. Postmortem changes in quality indices of ice-stored flounder (Paralichthys patagonicus). A. or H2O2. M. 1: 13–19. Fish. Sci. necessary to obtain K. 1988.53. Surette. J. 5. Sci.34 to obtain the Ki parameter as a freshness indicator. J. Eur. A similar application was proposed12.33 although this relation should be confirmed in each particular system.9 V) vs.. LeBlanc. Howgate. Nucleotide degradation in sardine (Sardina pilchardus) stored in different storage condition at 4°C. This method was patented by Luong. Agric. Mendes. 29: 570–590. Ltd. 41: 341–353. and then after adding a soluble NP. M. T.45 a nafion-coated platinum disc electrode.48 IMP. R. Food Biochem. M. Formed Hx was measured with an amperometric sensor that detected uric acid + hydrogen peroxide in an additive matter. Food Res.. Thus. Pacheco-Aguilar. Paredi. P.Nucleotides and Nucleosides ◾ 65 trode at a platinum cathode (−0.... Lugo-Sánchez. 1959.55. R.. M. J.. 2000.46 or even in a carbon paste electrode modified with electrodeposited gold nanoparticles. An immobilized NT was used for the previous conversion of IMP to Ino. 65: 40–47. 2. J.R. Japan). Soc. Both Hx and X are substrates for the XO action and will be oxidized either simultaneously or sequentially. 4. P. .54 In fact. IMP. K. Most recent approaches to determine Hx are based on the incorporation of the XO enzyme in a graphite/Teflon matrix. 2001.. A new method for estimating the freshness of fish. and Hx amounts. Changes in baseline levels of nucleotides during ice storage of fish and crustaceans from the Portuguese coast.L. different supports have been used for the immobilization of the XO enzyme. M. an Ag/AgCl reference electrode. Ino. A review of the kinetics of degradation of inosine monophosphate in some species of fish during chilled storage. D. Massa. The proposed relation 1 Hx for ½ X for each oxygen molecule formed must be taken into account to quantify the Hx. E. IMP. Int. Postmortem biochemical and functional characteristic of Monterey sardine muscle stored at 0°C.. In this way.

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.........................3.........5................2............3 Lipid Analysis in Marine Products .......2 Analysis of Sterols .........................................1............................................. 75 6.... Aubourg Contents 6.....2 Quantitative Estimation of Fatty Acid Composition ..............................................5.3 Column Chromatography........ 73 6..............................................................................5 Qualitative and Quantitative Analyses of Marine Lipid Classes .......................... 77 6....................................... 72 6.......................................................1..............1.............................................................................3 Marine Fatty Acid Analysis ..................5................2 Marine Lipid Characteristics ....................................3......................... 70 6............. 73 6..............................3..............................................................................................................................................................1 Introduction ......................................2 Removal of Nonlipid Contaminants .76 6...............1 Lipid Saponification.................2 Stereospecific Analysis of Lipid Classes ...................3........2................76 6.1 Qualitative Analysis of Fatty Acid Composition ....... 75 6............1 Fatty Acid Methyl Esters Preparation .....................76 6.......................................................4 Lipid Quantification ...................... 71 6.........3 Analysis of Ether Lipids ..............1 Acid-Catalyzed Esterification and Transesterification .......................................4 Analysis of Marine Nonsaponifiable Matter .....4.... 79 69 .....2.......2 GLC Analysis of FAME....................2 First Steps in Marine Lipid Analysis ....................... 73 6... 72 6.............................................................................................................................2..........................1..................................3....1 Spectrophotometric Assessments of Total Lipid Extract ............1 General Aspects of Lipid Compounds ................. 73 6.......................................... 78 6.....................4.............................................................. 70 6...........................................76 6.............4.......................3 Lipid Manipulation and Storage ................. 75 6.....2 Base-Catalyzed Transesterification .................. 78 6...2..... 72 6....................Chapter 6 Lipid Compounds Santiago P........2.............1. 73 6.....................1 Isolation of Lipids from Tissues .........................3....................... 70 6. 77 6..............

. and a larger proportion of highly unsaturated fatty acids......5................................. an inverse ....... including cardiovascular ones [3].2 Marine Lipid Characteristics In many marine organisms.... and lipopolysaccharides would be included.......1 General Aspects of Lipid Compounds Lipids are found in all living organisms and have been shown to play two critical roles: (1) maintaining the integrity of plants and animals as structural compounds by forming a barrier separating the living cell from the outside world and (2) being a major source of cellular energy and function in living organisms where they can be stored....... particularly C20:5ω3 (eicosapentaenoic acid. ethers..... a widely accepted division has been difficult..................6 Silver Ion Chromatography ........5..... Related to exogenous effects................................ indeed.. whereas “complex lipids” (glycerophospholipids.. sterols (sterol esters).............4 Thin-Layer Chromatography .. 80 6.. the catching season has been shown to play a key role regarding temperature and feeding availability..... 80 6............ A simple physicochemical classification that empirically groups lipid molecules according to the hydrophilic–lipophilic balance has been proposed [1].. Most textbooks describe lipids as a group of naturally occurring compounds......................... Different attempts have been carried out to define what is meant by the term lipid..81 6...... 82 6.70 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 6...8 Mass Spectrometry ............... lipid is usually the second largest biochemical constituent after protein..................... differ from the other sources in that they contain a wider range of fatty acids......... triacylglycerols (TG)....... fatty alcohols (wax esters). Seafood lipids are known to provide high contents of important components for the human diet........... although no satisfactory or widely accepted definition exists................... which have in common a ready solubility in organic solvents.... such as nutritional lipid-soluble vitamins (namely A and D) and essential and ω3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) that have shown a positive role in preventing certain human diseases... “simple lipids” (fatty acid and alcohol components) would be those that yield on hydrolysis at most two types of different products per mol.......... and amines (PL).... however................. 6......... longer-chain fatty acids.. Marine species have shown large variations in lipid content and composition as a result of endogenous and exogenous effects [5–7].9 Supercritical Fluid Chromatography .............5...... such as hexane...1 Introduction 6......... in it...... glycoglycerolipids..... 79 6. 82 References ... gangliosides.. carotenoids......... Marine lipids.............. chloroform.. 79 6..............................5.... phospholipids (PL). phosphoric acid......... An alternative division into two broad classes has been shown to be convenient for lipid analysts [2]........5 High-Performance Liquid Chromatography .......7 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometry .........1........................5....... steroids. DHA) [4].. soaps. and sphingolipids) would yield three or more types of products per mol............5. and alcohols... EPA) and C22:6ω3 (docosahexaenoic acid................................1.............. toluene............................. Most animal and plant lipids from terrestrial and marine sources are similar in that they contain mainly even-numbered saturated and unsaturated fatty acids combined with glycerol (glycerides and glyceryl ethers)......... Because of their structural and functional variety. Such diverse compounds as hydrocarbons...

but mainly the amount of information required. the equipment. and sexual maturation have been pointed out. differences according to the type of muscle and its location. and instrumentation available.1. The approach to the analysis of lipids in a given marine sample will depend on the amount of material in the sample. age. lipid matter has been described to exhibit a heterogeneous distribution throughout the body of marine species. . Marine products Lipid isolation from tissues Removal of nonlipid contaminants Frozen storage Fatty acid analysis Lipid classes analysis Traditional and advanced analytical methodology Figure 6. Thus. The present chapter is focused on describing the available traditional and advanced analytical methodology to assess the lipid composition of marine species on the basis of a food technologist and nutritionist requirements. probably affected by physiological and anatomical factors. With respect to endogenous effects. sex. A basic protocol procedure is exposed in Figure 6. content variations have specially been observed in fish locations to be employed as lipid depots.Lipid Compounds ◾ 71 relationship between unsaturated fatty acid content and environmental temperature has been confirmed for many marine fish.1. 6.3 Lipid Analysis in Marine Products Researchers are required to analyze the lipid composition and its changes that arose during processing of food material from marine sources.1 Basic steps to be carried out for the lipid analysis of marine products. In all cases.

1 Isolation of Lipids from Tissues Ideally. the tissue should be kept frozen (about −60°C or less) as rapidly as possible. A more elegant and complete. 6. which do not normally dissolve readily in nonpolar solvents.2. urea. . such as proteins. method of removing nonlipid contaminants is to carry out the washing procedure by liquid–liquid partition chromatography on a column of a dextran gel such as Sephadex G-25. this method applies a single-phase solubilization of the lipids using chloroform–methanol (1:1) in a solvent–tissue ratio of 4:1. Most of the contaminating compounds can be removed from the lipid extract mixtures simply by shaking the combined solvents with one-quarter their total volume of a dilute salt solution (e. it should not be so polar that TG and other nonpolar simple lipids do not dissolve and are left adhered to the tissues. The ideal solvent or solvent mixture for extracting lipids from tissues should be sufficiently polar to remove all lipids from their association with cell membranes or with lipoproteins but should not react chemically with those lipids. amino acids. The most popular is the method of Folch et al.g. although endogenous tissue antioxidants can provide some protection. Although there are limitations to its use and alternatives are frequently suggested. Its employment has recently been reviewed [10]. it is advisable to include an additional antioxidant at a level of 50–100 mg/L to the solvents. As an advanced alternative. though more time-consuming. but many of these are not suitable for extracting lipids from tissues as they are not sufficiently polar to overcome the strong forces of association between tissue lipids and the other cellular constituents. peptides.2. The second problem is endogenous lipolytic enzymes that can lead to large amounts of unesterified fatty acids. However.72 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 6.88% KCl) [8]. Two main problems can arise with lipid fraction when employing inconvenient storage conditions. 0. In addition. all solvents can contain contaminants. marine tissues should be extracted from the living organism as soon as possible after catching or slaughtering [2]. [8]. a major driving force being the environmental concern regarding the use of organic solvents. Pure single lipid classes are soluble in a wide variety of organic solvents. First. which yield essentially quantitative extractions of the major lipid classes when applied to homogenates of whole marine tissue extractions.2 First Steps in Marine Lipid Analysis 6. any such impurities can be troublesome. or lyso-phosphatidylglycerols in lipid extracts. diacylglycerides. which employs chloroform–methanol (2:1) in a solvent–tissue ratio of 20:1..2 Removal of Nonlipid Contaminants Most polar organic solvents used to extract lipids from tissues also extract significant amounts of nonlipid contaminants such as sugars. and as large volumes of solvents may be used to obtain small amounts of lipids. PUFA can autoxidize as a result of endogenous oxidant enzymes. polar complex lipids. supercritical fluid extraction shows an increasing demand. may on occasion be extracted by these when they are in the presence of large amounts of simple lipids such as TG. and salts. For all extraction methods. most workers in the field appear to accept two basic routines currently in general use. This type of washing procedure was first developed by Wells and Dittmer [11] and simplified later by Wuthier [12] for large numbers of samples. At the same time. the procedure of Bligh and Dyer [9] offers some advantages as it does not use large volumes of solvent. When this is not feasible. phosphatidic acid. Where large amounts of tissue have to be extracted.

if not. near-infrared (NIR) spectrometry. and care must be taken at all steps in the analysis of lipids. a known aliquot of the purified lipid extract is softly heated and the resulting dry lipid matter weighted. 6. Storage temperature should be −30°C as the highest temperature. lipids should be handled in an atmosphere of nitrogen. Natural tissue antioxidants.4 Lipid Quantification For most common purposes. As storage containers. this analysis is more complicated than that with other kinds of living organisms.3. glass is the best choice. 6. since PUFA will oxidize rapidly in air [2]. Owing to the wide variety of fatty acid compounds in marine lipids (Table 6. a large diethyl ether volume is employed. Small volumes of solvent can be evaporated by carefully directing a stream of nitrogen onto the surface of the solvent. In it.1 Acid-Catalyzed Esterification and Transesterification Free fatty acids (FFA) are methylated and O-acyl lipids transmethylated by heating them with a large excess of anhydrous methanol in the presence of an acidic catalyst.3. large volumes of solvents are best removed by means of a rotatory film evaporator at a temperature that.2.1. application of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR).1 Fatty Acid Methyl Esters Preparation Fatty acids are essential components of lipids.1). fatty acids . Two basic strategies can be applied [15. In addition. in general. For fast purposes. afford some protection to lipid extracts. but it is usually advisable to add further synthetic antioxidants to storage solvents at the level of 50–100 mg/L [2]. provided water absorption onto the dry extract lipid is avoided. Conversely. 6. Their measurement by gas–liquid chromatography (GLC) is the most commonly used method for lipid analysis. such as tocopherols. it has been shown that lipids can themselves dissolve in some plastics. and Fatmeter measurements is proving to be of increasing interest [14]. Lipid extracts have to be converted into methyl ester derivatives.2. When it is necessary to concentrate lipid extracts. relatively important errors are obtained. According to the special relevance recently acquired by noninvasive technologies.16]: acid catalysis and base catalysis. the Soxhlet method of extraction has been developed [13]. This method proved to be accurate in the case of a high lipid content (low complex lipid content).3 Lipid Manipulation and Storage Wherever possible. Autoxidation of double bonds in marine lipid fatty acids is particularly troublesome. since plasticizers are very easily leached out.3 Marine Fatty Acid Analysis 6. fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) obtained are usually introduced in the GLC system without previous removal of contaminants. should not exceed about 40°C. Plastic ware of all kinds (other than that made from TeflonTM) can be specially troublesome and is best avoided.Lipid Compounds ◾ 73 6. Then. Lipids should not be left for any time in the dry state and should be stored in an inert nonalcoholic solvent such as chloroform from which air is excluded by flushing with a stream of nitrogen. and the resulting lipid extract can no more be employed for further analysis. leading to selective losses of a proportion of the less polar constituents. 5.16.1 Fatty Acids Commonly Present in Marine Speciesa Systematic Name Trivial Name Abbreviated Name Saturated Fatty Acids 14:0 15:0 16:0 17:0 18:0 20:0 22:0 24:0 Tetradecanoic Pentadecanoic Hexadecanoic Heptadecanoic Octadecanoic Eicosanoic Docosanoic Tetracosanoic Myristic — Palmitic Margaric Stearic Arachidic Behenic Lignoceric Monounsaturated Fatty Acids 16:1 ω7 18:1 ω9 18:1 ω7 20:1 ω11 20:1 ω9 22:1 ω11 22:1 ω9 24:1 ω9 9-Hexadecenoic 9-Octadecenoic 11-Octadecenoic 9-Eicosenoic 11-Eicosenoic 11-Docosenoic 13-Docosenoic 15-Tetracosenoic Palmitoleic Oleic Vaccenic Gadoleic Gondoic Cetoleic Erucic Nervonic Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids 18:2 ω6 18:3 ω3 18:4 ω3 20:4 ω6 20:5 ω3 22:5 ω3 22:6 ω3 a 9.14-Eicosatetraenoic 5.19-Docosapentaenoic ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Table 6.8.19-Docosahexaenoic Linoleic Linolenic Stearidonic Araquidonic EPA DPA or clupanodonic DHA or cervonic In all cases.” .10.12-Octadecadienoic 7.15-Octadecatrienoic 6.14. the double-bond configuration is “cis.

However. although potassium methoxide or hydroxide have also been used as catalysts. aldehydes are not liberated from plasmalogens and amide-bound fatty acids are not affected. 6. The retention times of the unknown acids should be measured under identical operating conditions.1 Qualitative Analysis of Fatty Acid Composition During the previous decades. glasspacked columns were widely employed [18]. prepared simply by dissolving fresh clean sodium in dry methanol.Lipid Compounds ◾ 75 from amide-bound lipids (sphingolipids) are also transesterified. FAME are obtained by heating the reaction mixture in a stoppered tube at 50°C overnight. 6. a PUFA loss. whereas aldehydes are liberated from plasmalogens under acidic conditions. and the use of old or too concentrated solutions may result in the production of methoxy-substituted acids from unsaturated fatty acids and. a further solvent such as toluene should be employed. A different possibility consists of employing a solution of 1%–2% (v/v) concentrated sulfuric acid in methanol. under base catalysis. Parallel to ECL value employment. accordingly. In order to guarantee complete solution of nonpolar lipid classes. This is simply prepared by adding acetyl chloride slowly to cooled dry methanol. . As with acid-catalyzed procedures. However. The reagent has a limited shelf life unless refrigerated. Boron trifluoride in methanol is also used as a transmethylation catalyst and in particular as a rapid esterifying reagent for FFA. the application of wall-coated open tubular (WCOT) columns to the analysis of fatty acids has provided a better knowledge of the complexity of marine fatty acids [19]. 6. This reagent has been applied directly to fish muscle to obtain FAME without previous lipid extraction [17]. Later on. an additional solvent is necessary to solubilize nonpolar lipids such as cholesterol esters or TG. FFA are not esterified.2 Base-Catalyzed Transesterification O-acyl lipids are transesterified very rapidly in anhydrous methanol in the presence of a basic catalyst. and the ECL values are read directly from the graph. The commonest reagent used for this purpose has been sodium methoxide in anhydrous methanol. The commonest and mildest reagent used for the purpose is anhydrous hydrogen chloride in methanol. so most performances have been carried out for qualitative and quantitative analysis [16].3. ECL values can be calculated from an equation similar to that for Kovats’ indices or found by reference to the straight line obtained by plotting the logarithms of the retention times of a homologous series of straight-chain saturated FAME against the number of carbon atoms in the aliphatic chain of each acid. parameters known as equivalent chain lengths (ECLs) or carbon numbers have considerably been employed.2 GLC Analysis of FAME The advent of GLC revolutionized the analysis of the fatty acid components of lipids. known commercial FAME have been employed for the provisional identification of fatty acids by direct comparison of their retention times and those of the unknown esters on the same columns under identical conditions. Transesterification is carried out in the same manner and at much the same rate as with methanolic hydrogen chloride. Initially.

2 Analysis of Sterols Sterols are biological compounds. If necessary. In most cases. have been shown to be suitable for direct mass spectrometric structural analysis of acids containing straight. Results can be expressed as weight percentages of the fatty acids present or as molar amounts of each fatty acid. On the other hand. Such compounds can be divided into sterols and “ether lipids. GLC/mass spectrometry (MS) has been widely accepted as one of the most valuable techniques for the identification of fatty acids and their derivatives [20]. the fatty acids on one side and diethyl-ether-soluble nonsaponifiable materials on the other side are separately recovered for further analysis [2]. cyclic.16]. sterols can be fractionated and analyzed by means of different . based on the Liebermann–Buchardt reaction. the resulting FFA have to be transformed into their corresponding FAME for further analysis by an acid-catalyzed method. the basic structure of which includes the cyclopentanophenanthrene ring. Finally.76 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis In recent years. According to the previous section. linearly proportional to the amount (by weight) of material eluting from the columns [15. [22]. nonadecanoic acid is employed and added before the methylation step. or oxygenated chains. 6.1 Lipid Saponification Lipids may be hydrolyzed (saponified) by heating them under reflux with an excess of dilute aqueous ethanolic alkali. as well as the deacylated residues of ether lipid compound. Total sterol content can be determined directly and spectrophotometrically from the lipid extract by using the method of Huang et al.4. For a complete analysis. A known quantity of an internal standard should be added to the lipid sample. commercially available standard mixtures containing accurately known amounts of methyl esters of saturated.3. and there is no way of overcoming this difficulty entirely.4.4 Analysis of Marine Nonsaponifiable Matter 6. the nonsaponifiable layer will contain any long-chain alcohols and sterols originally present in the lipid sample in the esterified form.2. branched. calibration factors may have to be calculated for each fatty acid component to correct the areas of the relevant peaks in the mixtures analyzed.2 Quantitative Estimation of Fatty Acid Composition With reliable modern gas chromatographs equipped with flame ionization detectors (FID). 6. unsaturated. Problems of measuring this area arise mainly when components are not completely separated. within limits. monoenoic. A high proportion of the available data has been obtained for the methyl ester derivatives of fatty acids. 4. this is specially relevant for PUFA. the areas under the peaks on the GLC traces are. On the other hand. pyridinecontaining derivatives. quantitative results would first be calculated on its basis. such as picolinyl esters. and polyenoic fatty acids should be analyzed under the same GLC conditions for checking the quantification results. However. as these are easily prepared and are widely used in chromatographic analysis.4-dimethyloxazoline derivatives of fatty acids have been found to show several advantages and have been applied successfully to the structural determination of PUFA and cyclopropenoid fatty acids [21].” 6.

and selachyl alcohols were found to be the most abundant. trifluoroacetate. marine sterols have to be converted into more volatile compounds such as acetate [25] and trimethylsilyl (TMS) [26] derivatives.4%) in 2M HCl. Adsorption thin-layer chromatography (TLC) on silica gel layers can be used to separate simple alkyl and alkenyl lipids. Chromatographic methods for cholesterol analysis [28] are of relevant importance in foods in relation to human health concerns.27]. but they suffer from the limitation of the lack of a distinctive chromophore in the analyte. The alkyl moieties are usually analyzed in the form of 1-alkylglycerol or as volatile nonpolar derivatives of this compound. Accordingly. or isopropylidene derivatives by GLC. TMS.3. supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) has been employed for the glycerol ether analysis of liver oils of shark species [34]. and 18:1. neutral plasmalogens tend to migrate ahead of alkyldiacylglycerols. which generates dimethyl acetals from the liberated fatty aldehydes. and its analysis has already been discussed in Section 6. batyl. Unlike fatty acids. which in turn migrate just in front of TG. They can be separated by a double development in a single direction with hexane–diethyl ether (95:5. information on ether lipid composition in marine PL is less abundant.” Such compounds are basically found as PL classes (specially in phosphatidylethanolamine). Often. no single procedure will achieve the desired analysis. Although the vinyl ether linkage is unaffected by basic hydrolysis conditions. mostly). The determination of double-bond positions in long alkyl chains has been carried out by means of picolinyl and nicotinylidene derivatives by GLC-MS [33]. although invertebrates have shown a significant presence of other sterols [27]. alkenyl compounds have been directly identified and quantified by GLC together with FAME [35]. it can be cleaved by acid-catalyzed transmethylation. 6. In this section.4.24].3-diacyl-sn-glycerols are generally saturated or cis-monoenoic even– numbered components (16:0. The others are often united into a group called “ether lipids.Lipid Compounds ◾ 77 chromatographic techniques [23. whereas no simple spot test is available for the identification of alkyldiacylglycerols. high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) methods can offer a nondestructive alternative. such as acetate.3 Analysis of Ether Lipids Marine lipids may contain fatty acid residues as the only radicals. such compounds tend to be decomposed during GLC analysis and are best reduced by catalytic hydrogenation to alkylglycerols. Neutral plasmalogens may be detected by spraying the TLC plates with 2. 18:0. and combinations of techniques must be used until the required purposes are served. or they may include alkyl and alkenyl radicals. different analytical . 6.32]. Concerning alkenylglycerols. v/v) as a solvent system. although a great interest has been accorded to their isolation because of their medical and cosmetic applications [30]. The alkyl groups of 1-alkyl-2. Great attention has been accorded to the assessment of cholesterol oxide formation in marine products [29]. chimyl.4-dinitrophenyl-hydrazine (0. For GLC analysis. Further.5 Qualitative and Quantitative Analyses of Marine Lipid Classes Lipid samples obtained from extraction of biological material are complex mixtures of individual lipid classes [16]. The first type is the major one in marine lipids. Methods for separating and quantifying ether-linked glycerides have been reviewed [31. thus. Cholesterol has been shown to be the most abundant sterol in all marine living beings. being normally placed as the radical in position 1 and specially abundant in marine invertebrates [5. Although the GLC is normally carried out with cholestane as internal standard.

a method for the quantification of esterified and unesterified total sterols is mentioned in Section 6. a rapid NIR spectrometry has been applied for the direct FFA determination in fish oil [37]. In it. this including chromatographic separation and further analysis of fatty acids after previous methylation and transmethylation. However. Procedures that involve spectrophotometric measurement of highly colored copper complexes are now favored. preparative TLC on silicic acid impregnated with 5% (w/w) boric acid has been applied to prevent acyl migration during chromatographic separation. Compared with the data compiled for plant oils and for fats from land animals. Ester linkages can be quantified by the method of Vioque and Holman [40]. since the presence of double bonds in the proximity of a carbonyl group of fish PUFA reduces the rate of deacylation of glycerides. which is reduced and determined spectrophotometrically [38]. HPLC. A wide use was found for lipase hydrolysis. Finally. For FFA assessment. prepared by esterification or transesterification of the purified lipid class. although it turned out not to be accurate enough for marine lipids. The advent of new NMR. Most living organisms have developed lipolytic enzyme systems that are able to distinguish between bonds to the various positions of glycerol or between certain types of bonds in specific lipids. titrimetric methods were used for many years. according to the information provided in following sections. The fatty acid composition of each lipid class can be determined by GLC of the methyl ether derivatives. such functional groups are made to react with hydroxamic acid and further complexed with Fe (III). .1 Spectrophotometric Assessments of Total Lipid Extract Some classical methods are available for the analysis of lipid classes or lipid class groups when applied directly onto the lipid extract without prior separation. the Grignard reagent has widely been employed in the case of marine substrates [42]. giving rise to a tremendous number of species. An alternative and successful method has been proposed by Raheja et al. and GLC technologies combined with MS in the last decades has provided quick and useful procedures for the stereospecific lipid analysis. traditional methodologies are still employed in cases where such advanced technologies are not available and are reviewed in this section. This is due to the great complexity of fatty acids present in these oils and fats. [39] without previous digestion.41].3. although some interference of polar lipids was found. in it. 6. This method can be applied to total lipid extract or to any lipid class after previous isolation [7.5. the results so far reported for aquatic animals are few. these enzymes can be isolated and used in simple incubations in vitro as an aid in structural analyses of lipids. In many cases. where an FFA-cupric acetate-pyridine complex is involved. PL present in the lipid extract are made to react with ammonium molybdate in an organic phase and then measured spectrophotometrically. A very popular one is that proposed by Lowry and Tinsley [36].5.2 Stereospecific Analysis of Lipid Classes The determination of fatty acid composition at each location in lipid classes has ever since attracted great attention. Additionally. Traditional determination of PL content in lipid extracts has involved the digestion of PL with the release of inorganic phosphate. Accordingly. according to details explained in Section 6. then.4.78 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis approaches will be discussed. More recently. focused on the qualitative and quantitative analyses of marine lipid classes.2 [22]. this is made to react with ammonium molybdate to form phosphomolybdic acid. 6.

in spite of the relatively higher costs [50]. acid-washed florisil. The perceived weakness of TLC has been recognized as the quantification aspect.5.Lipid Compounds ◾ 79 Traditional research accounts for consecutive series of methods combining chemical reactions and enzymatic releases of fatty acids in different positions for resolution of the molecular species. and quantification [48. However. lipid classes can be detected by any of the nonspecific available reagents and identified by their migration characteristics relative to authentic standards chromatographed simultaneously alongside the samples under investigation. MS. which has been used routinely for lipid analysis in the last decades. which include highly automated techniques right from sample application and development to detection and quantification. whereas complex lipids are recovered by elution with methanol [41. The improvement and versatility of TLC enable it to be used for several modern applications.46] classes. and this has led to the evolution of the TLC/FID Iatroscan system.5. or florisil as adsorbents. Column chromatography on diethylaminoethyl (DEAE)-cellulose has shown to be a valuable method for the isolation of particular groups of complex lipids in comparatively large amounts. Aminopropyl-bonded phase cartridges have been much used for the isolation of simple and complex lipid fractions.41].47].3 Column Chromatography Normal-pressure or low-pressure column chromatography (CC) was widely employed in the past and is now mostly used as a way of preliminary fractionation of lipid classes. coupling of TLC with other techniques such as HPLC.5 High-Performance Liquid Chromatography In recent years. 6.49].47]. and tubular TLC (TTLC). Such stereospecific studies have widely been focused onto TG [43.4 Thin-Layer Chromatography Many text books and reviews report TLC application on lipids for routine separations.5 mm thickness [7. Separation can be carried out on silicic acid.52].5. It combines the separation capabilities of conventional TLC with the quantification power of the FID and has application in the quantitative analysis of all substances separable by conventional TLC. and NMR has increased its analytical power in several applications. Those used most frequently contain hexane. overpressure TLC (OPTLC). identification. precoated plates are much more convenient than laboratory-made plates. infrared (IR) spectrometry. although lengthy conditioning may be necessary before columns can be employed [2. 6. 20–50 mg of marine lipid may be applied with ease as a band on a 20×20 cm plate coated with a layer of silica gel of 0. The system has been successfully used for marine lipid class analysis [51]. although particular care is required to recover the acidic lipids quantitatively. and acetic (or formic) acid in various proportions. The principal advantages of the method are the ease of preparation of a column and the comparatively large amount of lipid that can be separated. In all cases. Such techniques would include high-pressure TLC (HPTLC). HPLC is much more expensive than .44] and PL [45. being simple lipids eluted in a stepwise sequence with hexane containing increasing proportions of diethyl ether. 6. For preparative purposes. HPLC has undoubtedly been the most widely applied separation technique in the analysis of most simple and complex lipid classes [48. In addition. A variety of solvent systems have been used to separate simple lipids on an analytical or semipreparative scale by single or two-dimensional TLC. diethyl ether.

6 Silver Ion Chromatography Silver ions. The complexes are usually unstable and exist in equilibrium with the free form of the olefin. The usual supporting materials are silica gel G for FAME and TG and silica gel H for complex lipids. Both homemade and precoated glass plates are used in Ag+-TLC. TG separation according to the carbon number or partition number has been achieved [53]. so it has become an extremely powerful technique for obtaining qualitative and quantitative information of the lipid class profile of a marine tissue extract. with UV detection at 206 nm both on an analytical and on a preparative scale. therefore. quantification and stereospecific analyses have been carried out. It can give better and more consistent separations of minor components. or substitution.80 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis TLC in terms of both equipment and running costs. However. For PL classes. 6. but others have obtained satisfactory results. In the past 20 years. TLC. The procedure is rapid and nondegradative. Thus. being successfully applied to all lipid classes in marine species by separating molecules according to unsaturation degree [55]. but it can be automated to a considerable degree and gives much cleaner fractions in micropreparative applications. 31P-NMR) has increasingly been applied to the identification of lipid structures to determine patterns of branching.54]. evaporative light-scattering detection has successfully been applied [16]. some important articles and reviews have been published [58]. some of the more impressive separations have made use of FID systems. HPLC analysis has been accepted as the most accurate one. HPLC has specially been applied to the most abundant lipid classes. such complexation is favorable for use in chromatography and enables the performance of the various Ag+-chromatographic techniques developed so far. the complementary employment of GLC or GLC-MS together with Ag+-TLC is considered one of the most powerful tools for elucidation of fatty acid composition in complex lipid samples [56]. Finally. while no oxidation of the unsaturated fatty acid constituents needs to occur during fractionation on an HPLC column. by employing both gradients of polar solvents and microparticulate silicic acid [6.5. Ag+-TLC is used mostly in the preparative mode.5. Thus. 6. as a complementary separation method to GLC or GLC-MS. Ag+-HPLC and reverse phase (RP)-HPLC applied in complementary ways were effective in the analysis of TG in fish oils [57]. interact specifically with the olefinic double bonds of unsaturated compounds to form weak charge transfer complexes. Perona and Ruiz-Gutiérrez [53] were able to resolve a large number of sardine TG molecular species by RP-HPLC. and HPLC. of the double-bond systems in fatty acid chains. and in particular to the detection. 13C-NMR. and often the location. high-resolution NMR spectrometry (1H-NMR. In the detection. further identification of most peaks was carried out by using preparative Ag+-TLC followed by fatty acid analysis by GLC. On the other hand.7 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometry In recent years. Ag+-chromatography has been performed in conjunction with CC. like the ions of other transition metals. Thus. An isocratic and gradient elution procedure with ultraviolet (UV) detection has been employed for marine PL analysis. .

. In a first attempt for 13C-NMR application [60]. After different approaches. the high-resolution NMR spectra of four fish oils were recorded. It could be observed that DHA was concentrated in the 2-location of TG in depot fats. Thus.8 Mass Spectrometry MS has long been used as a powerful tool for the analysis of the molecular weight. Recent developments in MS have been very interesting for complex lipid molecules. results obtained using high-resolution 13C-NMR were in good agreement with those obtained by GLC. thermospray.Lipid Compounds ◾ 81 Based on 1H-NMR spectrometry [59].5. 13C-NMR was employed for the plasmalogen analysis in fish lipid samples showing a good agreement with the data obtained by GLC [64]. Application of 31P-NMR has shown to be far shorter than with 1H and 13C. empirical formula. and complete structure of an unknown compound. probably due to their more complicated structure.66]. Arpino [67] likened the HPLC-MS union.86 ppm) provided the possibility of proposing this new analytical tool. Signals in the spectra were assigned. Following ionization to a negatively or positively charged species (most commonly the later). and 3 locations) of ω3 fatty acids in depot fat of several fish species was examined by 13C-NMR [63]. Thus. ω3. 13C-NMR spectrometry was successfully used to determine the proportions of saturated. so little application is specially available for marine lipids [58]. 6. its intensity should be proportional to the quantity. The first step for any MS method is ionization of the sample molecules in the gas phase. Quantitative analysis of fatty acid composition and alpha-beta distribution in TG tuna fish was achieved [62]. marine lipids have received lesser attention. The 31P-NMR application has also shown the possibility of analyzing the ether structures within the glycerol backbone of phosphatidylethanolamine and phosphatidylcholine. A good agreement could be observed between NMR values and those from the GLC analysis. the molecules or their fragments can be separated and identified on the basis of their mass-to-charge ratio (m/z). EPA. and attention was focused on the identification of specific signals for ω3 fatty acid group and also individually for DHA. FFA carbonyl resonances were detected at the lower field of the carbonyl region. mono. thus providing a suitable tool for lipolysis analysis. This NMR technique can provide a single signal for each PL class. although GLC is conveniently coupled to electron impact ionization (EI) and chemical ionization (CI) sources. The information-rich nature of MS makes it the most desirable detector for many explanations. and stearidonic acid. a rapid and structure-specific method for the determination of ω3-PUFA in fish lipids was presented. according to each corresponding resonance.and diene-. Over the years. Finally. ω6. soft ionization MS techniques such as fast atom bombardment. This development paralleled the development of atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI).95 ppm) with respect to the methyl resonance of all other fatty acids (δ = 0. and electrospray have the ability to ionize lipid molecules without causing extensive fragmentation. 2. but. The positional distribution (1. Some applications concerning the marine lipids’ study will now be mentioned. Later on [61]. fragmentation of the molecular ion species produced by soft ionization processes can further be achieved in a second mass spectrometer (MS/MS) by collision-induced dissociation.65. The different chemical shifts observed for the methyl resonance of ω3-PUFA (δ = 0. and highly unsaturated fatty acids of lipid extract of Atlantic salmon muscle. the condensed mobile phase used for liquid separations is not readily compatible with high vacuum ionization sources. many of the advances in MS have involved new ionization techniques. Among the different food lipids. although an increasing importance has been obtained lately for quantitative analysis [20.

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................................................... 20:5n-3)................................ 87 7...........................2....................................................... 88 7....... The volatile.............. marine lipids are highly susceptible to oxidation................................................................. 89 7.................................................................... secondary oxidation products.....2................1 Primary Oxidation Products ................ 93 7.......................... 92 7.. 93 7..... Reaction products from lipid oxidation have a negative effect on the sensory properties of fish products..............................................3 Stability Methods ...........2 Analysis of Lipid Oxidation ... This can lead to 87 .................. 93 References ................... These fatty acids have beneficial health effects and are reported to prevent coronary heart diseases and have a positive effect on the brain and nervous system as well as stimulating the immune system [1..1 Introduction Marine lipids are good and natural sources of polyunsaturated n-3 fatty acids (PUFA) such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA................................ especially those that originate from n-3 PUFAs are components that have a low threshold and therefore have a negative impact on the sensory quality of the food even in low concentrations [3]........2.......................................... due to the high content of long-chain PUFAs......1 Introduction .....2]............................... 88 7............................................ Lipid oxidation is the most important factor limiting the shelf life of marine oils and is also an important factor determining the shelf life of seafood products................................4 Instrumental Methods ..................... except when microbial processes limit the shelf life..........2 Secondary Oxidation Products .......................2....................... 92 7................................................2.Chapter 7 Lipid Oxidation Turid Rustad Contents 7... However...........3 Summary .......... 22:6n-3) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA........................................................5 Sensory Analysis of Rancidity ...................

and reduced sales. However.1 Primary Oxidation Products The most common methods to determine primary oxidation products are peroxide value (PV) and conjugated dienes.5 meq/kg. 7. the influence of these compounds has been little studied [3]. Several analytical procedures are available. and enzymatic oxidation. the lipid can be extracted using the methods of Ref. These include nonradical species such as aldehydes. but this can be improved by determining the endpoint colorimetrically or by . The PV is expressed in milliequivalent of iodine per kilogram of lipid or as millimolar of peroxide per kilogram of lipid [7]. and alcohols. Methods to determine the degree of lipid oxidation can be divided into two main groups. and water. For determination of PVs in foods. Lipid oxidation can be divided into three types. The secondary oxidation products can also react further. ketones. resulting in a wide variety of degradation products. but it is important to keep in mind that the results for PV measurements will vary both according to the method used and how the procedure is performed [3]. The fatty acids and the lipid oxidation products in foods can also react with other components in the food such as proteins. The peroxides are easily broken down to alkoxy radicals. When the decomposition of a hydroperoxide has resulted in the formation of a low-molecular weight volatile compound. this is oxidized by the hydroperoxides or other components present in the sample. If this contains a terminal carbonyl group. Free radicals are formed when hydrogen ions are extracted from the fatty acids. This method requires a sample of 5 g if the PV is below 10 and about 1 g if the PV is higher [3]. [5] or [6] before analysis. PV is one of the classical methods for determination of oxidative status. Potassium iodide is added. A simple titration method where the sample is dissolved in chloroform–acetic acid (or isooctane–acetic acid) is often used for fats and oils. making it even more difficult to determine the degree of rancidity.88 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis loss of products. The sensitivity is about 0. it is both one of the oldest and one of the most used methods. and the liberated iodine is titrated with sodium thiosulfate with starch as an indicator.2 Analysis of Lipid Oxidation Many different methods have been implemented both by the industry and in research to determine the degree of lipid oxidation both in marine oils and in seafood. leading to a wide variety of reaction products. which makes it difficult to find where the components originated. complaints from the consumers. autoxidation. photooxidation. This also makes the determination of the degree of oxidation a challenging task. The radicals react with oxygen forming peroxy radicals and hydroperoxides. and also more complex reaction products such as epoxy and polymeric compounds are formed during the propagation and termination steps [4]. carbohydrates. Some of the reaction products from lipid oxidation may also have negative health effects. Autooxidation of lipids takes place when the unsaturated fatty acids are exposed to oxygen and proceeds through an autocatalytic chain reaction [3]. acids. 7. The secondary oxidation products include both low molecular weight. volatile compounds and nonvolatile components with a relatively high molecular weight.2. the molecule is called a core aldehyde. methods that determine the primary oxidation products and methods that measure the secondary oxidation products. the parent triglyceride is left with a shorter fatty acid.

Due to rapid polymerization of EPA and DHA compared with the formation of stable peroxides of these fatty acids. PV is reported to be an unreliable indicator of lipid peroxidation in fish [4]. and how the procedure is performed.Lipid Oxidation ◾ 89 determining the liberated iodine electrometrically using a platinum electrode. Conjugated dienes are useful for bulk lipids. and determinations of PV have to be combined with the determination of secondary products such as thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS) and .2. However. and absorption of iodine by the unsaturated fatty acids in the oil may interfere and cause variations in the results. For use on tissue extracts. Care should therefore be taken in standardizing how the procedure is performed. it is often desirable to use a method that either does not require instruments or requires only a spectrophotometer. In order to determine individual peroxides. These methods are therefore most useful as a measure of lipid oxidation for lipids with a low level of oxidation. Several colorimetric methods for determination of PV values are used. The method of The International Dairy Federation—often called the IDF method [8] as modified by Ueda et al. [10]—requires a low amount of sample (less than 10 mg). with regard to chemicals used. Oxygen in the air. the micromethod determining oxidation of iodide to free iodine. Frankel [3] suggests measuring the absorbance of conjugated dienes at 243 nm. how these are stored. In this procedure ferrous ions are oxidized to ferric ions. After the initiation phase. The different methods gave different PVs for the same sample. or hexane [13]. 7. the colorimetric ferro method. Using PV as a sole determination of oxidation level can therefore be misleading. and the AOCS method requires a sample size of around 10 mg. high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) methods can be used [3]. Nielsen et al. This method is more sensitive and requires smaller samples. light. A known amount of sample is diluted in methanol (esters). The fatty acid chain then contains a structure with alternating simple and double bonds. [9] and Undeland et al. also for this method care should be taken in standardizing the procedure. and the modified IDF method. extraction and separation techniques are necessary. isooctane. Even if new instrumental methods now have been developed for determination of PVs. and it is important to know the history of the oil or the seafood to interpret the measurement of PV. and there was no consistency in the levels of PV determined by the different methods. One of these is the colorimetric ferric thiocyanate method. and use a low amount of solvent. compared five different methods for determination of PVs [11]—the titration method. Conjugated dienes have a strong absorption maximum at 230–235 nm [12]. the IDF method was chosen as the best of these methods. which is a red complex with an absorption maximum of 500 nm [3]. Peroxides are unstable and are rapidly transformed into secondary [14] oxidation products. the FOX2 method determining oxidation of ferrous salts to ferric ions and reaction with xylenol orange. Conjugated diene hydroperoxides are formed when polyunsaturated fatty acids oxidize. Small changes in quality of ethanol can give widely different standard curves and thereby influence the results.2 Secondary Oxidation Products Development of peroxides and conjugated dienes follows the same process and can be reduced after a certain oxidation level. Based on the fact that the methods chosen should have a large linear range. which react with ammonium thiocyanate forming ferric thiocyanate. The sensitivity and specificity can be increased by using second derivative spectra [12]. a high reproducibility. the level of primary oxidation products increases and passes through a maximum.

time of heating.18]. The AnV of freshly deodorized oils is caused by core aldehydes. the AnV is a common method. in addition H2O2. and chloroform before adding TCA.4-dienals). alkanals. The Totox value is still one of the most commonly used oxidation parameters used in commercial laboratories and laboratories in the edible oil industry.3-tetraethoxypropane [3]. antioxidants. In the micromethod of Ke and Woyewoda [17]. sucrose and other sugars.4-dienals also react with TBA. The mass spectra of the compounds can also be compared with spectra of pure standard compounds and . where the headspace volatiles over the samples are sampled. However.13. and identified using different gas sensors. pH. The Totox value is given as 2*PV + AnV. sulfite. and the color is formed by many different secondary oxidation products. The determination of TBARS (or TBA) is a common method to determine secondary oxidation products. the TBARS are separated by steam distillation or HPLC to increase selectivity. However. AnV can also be determined using Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) [16]. which are secondary oxidation products. Of these methods. and antioxidants. which is generated by acid hydrolysis of 1. are highly sensitive. After sampling. amino acids. the lipids are dissolved in a solution of thiobarbituric acid in butanol. forming a yellow pigment absorbing light at 450 nm. In other variations. The TBARS values for different foods with the same level of oxidation (based on flavor scores) can vary significantly [3. alkenals. but as for the determination of PV. the oxidation products are extracted in trichloroacetic acid (TCA) before the reaction with TBA. separated. the colored complex was ascribed to the condensation of two moles of TBA and one mole of malonaldehyde (MDA). and the optical density of the water phase is determined at 538 nm. where the samples are flushed or purged with nitrogen and the volatiles in the gas flow are trapped on a solid absorber. static headspace and solid-phase microextraction (SPME) are the least sensitive. However. Many factors influence the color in the TBA test—temperature. Different types of headspace analyses can be used. This value is a combination of the PV and the AV. hence the name TBARS. nucleic acids. the sample is incubated at 95°C for 2 h. which is formed as a decomposition product from lipid hydroperoxides under the acidic test conditions [3]. and the absorbance of the solution is read at 530 nm. All the methods are based on the pink color absorbance formed by reaction between TBA and oxidation products of polyunsaturated lipids. Many variations of this test are being used.1.90 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis anisidine value (AnV). reaction products from browning reactions. and trace metals can influence the result [3. Protein. The sample is dissolved in isooctane.3. different methods give different results. In addition. The volatile compounds formed as a result of lipid oxidation can be analyzed using electronic noses/gas-sensor array systems [20]. the lipids are boiled for 45 min with a mixture of TBA. This determines the amount of aldehydes (mainly 2-alkenals and 2. many other components in foods can react with TBA or interfere with the measurements. Originally. the reaction is not specific. In another method. and 2. There are many published methods to determine TBARS. p-anisidine dissolved in acetic acid is added. and chelating agents may also influence the peroxide decomposition during the assay. For determination of secondary oxidation products. nitrite. This process is accelerated by metal ions [12]. The TBA test can be standardized using MDA. Dienals also give a red pigment absorbing at 530 nm. and the absorbance at 350 nm is determined after 10 min [15]. These methods determine the presence of aldehydes.13]. Some of the MDA detected in this test is formed during the peroxidation of the lipids. Purge and trap techniques. but most of it is formed during the decomposition of the lipid peroxides during the acid heating stage. TBARS values have been found to correlate with sensory scores within the same materials [19]. the volatiles can be thermally desorbed into a gas chromatograph for separation. metal ions. In the AOCS method [13]. antioxidants.

Aubourg and Medina [26] extracted fish muscle with a 2/2/1.Lipid Oxidation ◾ 91 identified [21].8 chloroform/methanol/water mixture and measured fluorescence both in the water and in the organic phase. nucleic acids. The fluorescence intensities were divided by the fluorescence intensity of quinine sulfate and the fluorescence shift calculated. especially from solid matrixes. deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). front-face fluorescence Table 7. Fluorescence techniques are highly sensitive and 10–100 times more sensitive for detection of MDA than TBARS [3]. peptides. The advantages of this method are that it is flexible. This reaction can lead to formation of brown-colored compounds [22.1 Excitation and Emission Maxima for Chromophores Formed as a Result of Oxidized Lipids. When fluorescence measurements are done on samples in solution. the data handling is also difficult. and so on. Hydroperoxides (primary lipid oxidation products) and aldehydes (secondary oxidation products) can react with amino groups in proteins. and the amount of sample and sampling conditions can be varied according to the needs. However. Instead. for example. Analysis of volatiles is discussed by Ólafsdóttir and Jónsdóttir in Chapter 8. quenching. forming Schiff bases. destroy this relationship. as measured by methods such as PV and TBARS. the measured intensity follows the Beer–Lambert law. phospholipids. Fluorescence has traditionally been applied to samples in solution. The fluorescent compounds formed from lipids are the result of oxidation of phospholipids or are formed from oxidized fatty acids in the presence of phospholipids. for assessment of lipid oxidation during fish processing [24–26]. Lipid oxidation products can interact with other components in food. and the concentration is below a certain level.1. proteins. Reactions between lipid oxidation products and other components in seafood or seafood products may lead to underestimation of the degree of lipid oxidation. The fluorescence shift was found to be a more effective index of changes in fish quality than other commonly used methods. and the results are dependant on the sample material. scatter. Small variations in sampling procedures can give large variations in the data. reactions between oxidized lipids and proteins/ peptides. They measured the fluorescence intensity both at 393/463 nm and 327/415 nm. When the samples are turbid or solid or the concentration is high. quantification of headspace data. or reactions between oxidized lipids and DNA have different excitation and emission maxima as shown in Table 7. The different chromophores formed as a result of oxidized lipids. and so on. is complicated. such as amino acids. Reactions between Oxidized Lipids and Proteins/Peptides or Reactions between Oxidized Lipids and DNA Chromophore Oxidized phospholipids/oxidized fatty acids + phospholipids MDA + phospholipids Oxidized arachidonic acid + dipalmityl phosphatidylethanolamine Oxidized arachidonic acid + DNA Peroxides/secondary oxidation products + DNA in the presence of metal ions or reducing agents Excitation Maxima (nm) 365 400 360–390 315 320 Emission Maxima (nm) 435–440 475 430–460 325 420 .23]. and form fluorescent products.

for measuring lipid oxidation [28].37]. and also cyclic compounds.92 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis spectroscopy can be used. The Rancimat. little has been done to study the fluorescence spectra of the different oxidation products that are formed in foods.3 Stability Methods Several techniques based on accelerated oxidation are used for evaluation of oxidation. Fourier-transform near-infrared (FT-NIR). The AOM method is performed in a somewhat similar way.33]. 7. and these include assessment of free radicals using electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy and use of different chromatographic methods to determine both primary and secondary oxidation products. Lipid oxidation products can produce very weak chemiluminescence (CL). aldehydes. One challenge is that fluorescence spectra can be very complex and that not only the oxidation products but also connective tissue. and oxidative stability measurement by Oxidograph [31] and they are all suitable for analyzing oil systems.2. including near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR). such as different hydroperoxides. these include the oil stability index method [29]. Free radical assessments by the ESR spin-trapping technique detected the very early stages of lipid oxidation.32.2. In recent years. The levels of free radicals trapped in cod liver oil and salmon oil during the first hours of oxidation were in accordance with the oxidative stability measured by conventional methods [4]. The liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC–MS) techniques can also determine nonvolatile products—of special interest are the core aldehydes [3. and additives may contribute to the spectra. but studies on the use of this technique in dried fish were published in 1992 [27]. 1H NMR spectra can be used to study specific lipid oxidation products. and the point where it changes most is called the induction time. and a few minutes of oxidation of docosahexaenoate (DHA) resulted in significant changes in the ESR spectra. active oxygen method (AOM). In Rancimat and OSI instruments. It has been shown that sodium hypochlorite-induced decomposition of hydroperoxides gives strong CL [34. porphyrins.4 Instrumental Methods Many instrumental methods have been developed for the determination of oxidation parameters in oils and foods. and Oxidograph are techniques for measuring the stability of oils toward oxidation. the Rancimat test [30]. The change in conductivity is measured.35]. Veberg et al. Fluorescence spectroscopy on intact samples has been shown to be a sensitive technique. but it measures the time taken to reach a certain PV. oil stability index (OSI). Fluorescence spectroscopy has a great potential for on-line or at-line applications. [28] concluded that fluorescence spectroscopy may be able distinguish between different oxidation products formed but that this would require using the whole spectrum and not only the intensity at the maximum wavelength. adipose tissue. obtaining information . new methods have been developed. The level of hydroperoxides in fish oil can be determined using a rapid CL method [14]. In a study of different model systems including fish and meat. the oil can be heated to 80°C or more while air is bubbled through it. This results in the formation of low molecular weight acids that are flushed out with the air and collected in vessels containing distilled water. The Oxidograph instrument finds the induction time based on measurement of the decline in pressure caused by the absorption of oxygen in a closed vessel. comparable to sensory analysis and gas chromatography. So far. The gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC–MS) techniques can be used to determine a wide range of volatile secondary lipid oxidation products [36]. 7. and FT-IR spectroscopy methods [16. Using solid-phase fluorescence is a relatively new approach.

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............................................................................................................1 8..5 Conclusions .. 98 Fresh Fish Odors ....................................2 8........113 References ..............105 8......................4 Miscellaneous ...............4..................................2... Sour..........2 Washed Cod Muscle System ............................................... 100 8..................4 Introduction .........4...........4....1........ 98 Development of Fish Aroma... and Cabbage-Like Odors ..................................106 8................2 Oxidatively Derived Odors .................... and Malty Odors ...........3 Putrid................................... 99 Identification of Quality Indicators ....................1 Smoked Fish Odors .............................1....3........112 8.......................................................................................................................4.............................................................. 111 8......... and Stale Odors ......4...........................4....................................4.................4........ Ammonia-Like.......103 8......108 8...................3 Processing Odors ..... 111 8...........1......3 8......................113 97 ......................................................................................3...4..................1 Sweet..........................................1 Microbial Spoilage Odors ..................................................................... Onion.......1...2 Ripening Odor—Salted and Dried Fish Odor..........2 Dried Fish.................4..........2...105 8................................106 8......................................................................103 8..............Chapter 8 Volatile Aroma Compounds in Fish Guðrún Ólafsdóttir and Rósa Jónsdóttir Contents 8......105 8.......1 Cooked Odor—Boiled Potato and Rancid Odors ......................................................................4................................................

anserine).2 Development of Fish Aroma An overview of changes during handling and processing influencing the development of aroma in fish is generalized in Figure 8. and nucleotides. However. Consequently. followed by oxidation processes. oxidative processes causing odors and texture changes become noticeable during extended storage and limit the shelf life. It is well established that enzyme lipoxygenase (LOX)-mediated conversions of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) to volatile aroma compounds initiates the development of plant-like aroma of fresh fish [4–6]. including degradation of nucleotides. Some of these compounds influence the taste of fish-like peptides (i. and microbiological processes in fish postharvest is of importance to be able to control the various extrinsic factors that influence the formation of volatile degradation products and consequently the quality of fish products. A prerequisite for increased consumption of fish products is their availability on the market as fresh and high-quality products of delicate flavor. or hydrolyzed products and as ingredients in functional foods.. including small peptides such as carnosine and anserine. Initially. formation of taste. The understanding of odor development by chemical.1 Introduction Health and wellness are the main drivers in new product development. Enhanced oxidation during cooking resulting in off odor development is of concern and an obstacle for application of fish in convenience food. and the individual amino acids glycine.98 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 8.1. leading to the formation of secondary oxidation products and off flavors [8]. Research over the years has led to improved chilling and packaging technologies aimed at reducing microbial growth. They are composed of the various nonprotein nitrogenous components (NPN). amino acids. and accumulation of hypoxanthine (Hx). As a result. Research has aimed at strengthening the marine-based food industry in the development of fish products of acceptable quality to meet new trends in lifestyles. processed. cooked. extension in shelf life of fresh chilled fish has been achieved.e. and glutamic acid are known to contribute to taste together with the degradation components of the nucleotides such as inosine. Other prooxidants like hemeproteins (hemoglobin and myoglobin) are also involved in the initiation of the oxidative processes in fish muscle [7]. contributing to spoilage changes and thus influencing the freshness and quality of the end product of chilled fish [1–3]. the proliferation of the specific spoilage organisms (SSO) results in the development of volatile compounds. studies on application of natural antioxidants are of prime interest to underpin further utilization of fish in innovative product development as fresh. Endogenous enzyme . The pool of components that are degraded and cause off flavors because of microbial growth are mainly soluble substances in the muscle. the changes are dominated by autolytic activity. Finally. valine. active inosine. Degradation of soluble muscle constituents such as sarcoplasmic proteins and microbial metabolism contributes to changes in the aroma profile of fish during storage. alanine. Improved understanding of the role of oxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the development of off odors in fish products has directed research efforts to search for effective means to control oxidative processes. TMAO. guanidine compounds like creatine. Fish being a valuable source of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and other nutrients is a prominent candidate as the healthy choice for consumers. 8. Proteolysis plays a critical role in postmortem changes. Volatile compounds play an important role in the odor quality characteristics and consumer acceptance of fish. biochemical. lowering of pH and endogenous enzyme activity. resulting in undesirable texture changes in fish.

oxidized. and processed fish. activity influences the deterioration of fish muscle. eight. polyunsaturated fatty acids. river trout.Cu) Hb. TMAO. and melon-like odors. ammonia-like Oxidized aroma Processed aroma green-like.3 Fresh Fish Odors The delicate flavor of fish is mostly contributed by volatile compounds and taste active substances in the aqueous phase. lipoxygenase. malty. hydrolases.. but .5-ocatadien-1-ol. 8. amino acids Fresh fish aroma seaweedy. which have potent green. ascorbic acid. specific spoilage organisms. cucumber-.14. cucumber Figure 8. hexanal. salting. Soon after harvest.15]. nucleotides. and mushroom-like odors are unsaturated carbonyl compounds and alcohols with six. pleasant aromas of fish [6. PUFA. faint odor of saltwater species. sour. or nine carbon atoms [4. caramel. mushroom. including calpains (neutral calcium-dependent proteases) and cathepsins (lysosomal proteases). Hb. whereas volatiles generated from fat result in variation in the specific flavor character of different fish species. 1.6-nonadienal. rancid potato. nonprotein nitrogen-containing compounds. NPN. The overall perceived odor is dependent on the level of influential compounds and their odor thresholds along with possible synergistic effects. freezing. but the mechanism of this activity is not fully elucidated [9]. Some components are desirable at low levels. phospholipases TMAOase Microbial metabolism Specific spoilage organisms (SSO) Oxidation Prooxidants: metals (Fe. hemoglobin. were responsible for the moderate. Newly caught marine fish contains low levels of volatile compounds and is nearly odorless.e. 1-octen-3-ol. polyphenols Lipids phosholipids/PUFA Proteins sarcoplasmic. SSO. popcorn. and hydrolysis Endogenous enzymes i. drying. spoiled. Mb Antioxidants: α-tocopherol. peptides Soluble substances. metallic. [5] summarized the occurrences of volatile compounds in freshwater and saltwater species and concluded that the four common compounds found in saltwater species. NPN. contributing to green. On the other hand.10–13]. LOX.5. dried fish. Mb.Volatile Aroma Compounds in Fish ◾ 99 Handling chilling. stale. and 2.5-octadien-3-ol. myoglobin. boiled potato.1 Overview of changes in fish influencing the development of characteristic aroma of fresh. and cooking Processing smoking. LOX proteases. the unsaturated C9 carbonyl compounds such as 2. LOX activity on the skin and gills of both freshwater and marine species (rainbow trout. stockfish. trimethylamineoxide. and sardines) plays a role in the formation of odorous volatiles. cucumber. malty. Josephson et al. plant-. The compounds that contribute to the characteristic plant-. cucumber-. melon-. putrid. were characteristic for freshwater and euryhaline fish. neutral Spoilage aroma sweet.

which are present in higher levels and can be quantified. Table 8. GC–MS. plant-like notes in fresh fish.100 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis if their concentration increases. lean species typically develop sweet. Purge and trap on Tenax and SPME methods were applied for sampling.30–36]. Both single compounds such as TMA and ethanol and multicompound indices based on combination of alcohols. muddy. they contribute to oxidized and fishy odors in stale fish [16].1 summarizes the occurrence of volatile compounds detected in our studies on cod [22] and haddock fillets [31] and smoked salmon [23]. and marine-like flavors of seafood [18].1. ketones. Seasonal effects have also been reported for capelin.21–22. Environmental conditions and seasonal effects like spawning can influence the odor quality of fish.6-nonadien-1-ol in sweet smelt tissues [20]. acids. .Z)-2. iodine-. they may contribute to off odors. C9 LOX-derived compounds have been found in higher levels in spawning euryhaline and freshwater fish [5].6-Nonadienal was identified to be the most characteristic compound for the cucumber-like capelin odor [19]. cod during storage [21. and identification was based on GC–FID. esters. This has been the approach in our studies. Some of the influential odor compounds that have very low odor thresholds are often present in low levels. in nominal levels the bromophenols appear to contribute to natural sea-. odor. and GC–O. but when accumulated in higher levels because of autooxidation. where it has been demonstrated by monitoring key volatiles to study changes in different fish products during storage. The main classes of compounds detected during storage are alcohols. on accumulation of hydroperoxides in fish tissues. including (E)-2-nonenal. for example. An example is the enzymically derived long-chain alcohols and carbonyls that exhibit characteristic fresh. and sweet odors.24–29]. Another example is iodine-like off flavor in prawns associated with bromophenols originating from the feed chain [17]. a saltwater species. and these are difficult to detect by analytical techniques.6-nonadienal. 2. indicate their involvement in the development of fresh fish aroma associated with seasonal variation. Studies performed in Japan. The aldehydes contribute most to the spoilage odors because of their low flavor thresholds.22] and in smoked salmon [23]. Rapid methods can then be applied to detect indicators or alternatively classes of compounds if the pattern of the volatile compounds is known and a connection has been verified between the indicator compounds and the compounds that are responsible for the odors and quality changes. amines. They were suggested as the possible precursors of nine-carbon volatile compounds. 8. and quality changes can be explained in. (E. and sulfur compounds. Volatile compounds formed by microbial metabolism and oxidation contributing to these odors have been identified by gas chromatography methods and suggested as indicators of quality. which has a very characteristic cucumber odor during spawning. and sulfur compounds representing the different changes occurring during storage have been suggested by numerous researchers as indicators for freshness and spoilage [22. Fatty species develop rancid odors and taste.4 Identification of Quality Indicators Different characteristic odors develop in various fish species during storage. it is useful to monitor the overall pattern of volatile compounds and select indicator compounds. The volatile pattern changes in mature salmon when migrating from the sea for spawning. However. Therefore. Volatile degradation compounds as quality indicators can be detected by rapid techniques such as electronic nose to monitor and predict quality changes in various fish species and in smoked salmon [19. and amine-like odors. Accumulation of certain hydroperoxide isomers coincided with the period of enhancement of characteristic aroma in sweet smelt. boiled potato-. amines. aldehydes. as seen by the detected odors listed in Table 8. and species of the salmonidae family develop earthy. and 3.

floral Sweet. candy × — — Sweet.1 Volatile Compounds Detected in Cod [22].3-Butandiol 1-Octen-3-ol 2-Ethyl-1-hexanol 1-Octanol × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × — — — — — — Mushroom — — Aldehydes Acetaldehyde 2-Methyl-propanal 2-Methyl-butanal 3-Methyl-butanal Hexanal cis-4-Heptenal Heptanal 2. caramel. fish fillet Sweet. flowery — Ketones 2-Butanone 2. earthy Sweet.3-Butandione × × × × — N/A (continued) . (E.4-Heptadienal. fatty — Fresh. and Smoked Salmon [23] during Chilled Storagea Compound Raw Cod Boiled Cod Raw Haddock Smoked Salmon Odor Description (GC–O) Alcohols Ethanol 2-Methyl-1-propanol/pentane 1-Penten-3-ol 3-Methyl-1-butanol 2-Methyl-1-butanol 2. caramel. Haddock Fillets [31].E)Nonanal Decanal Undecanal × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × Rancid Boiled potato.Volatile Aroma Compounds in Fish ◾ 101 Table 8.

spicy Amine Trimethylamine × × × TMA-like. ethyl ester Propanoicacid-2-methyl. ethyl ester × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × — N/A — N/A N/A Sickenly sweet. ethyl ester Butanoic acid. and Smoked Salmon [23] during Chilled Storagea Compound 2-Pentanone 3-Pentanone 2. dried fish Acid Acetic acid × × × — Esters Ethyl acetate Ethanthiocacid.3-Pentanedione 3-Hexanone 3-Methyl-2-butanone 3-Hydroxy-2-butanone 6-Methyl-5-hepten-2-one × × × × × × × × × × × Raw Cod Boiled Cod Raw Haddock Smoked Salmon × Odor Description (GC–O) — Sweet. sweet. 2-methylpropyl ester Butanoic acid. sour Flowery. 2-methyl. ethyl ester 2-Butenoic acid. caramel — — — Sweet.102 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Table 8.1 (continued) Volatile Compounds Detected in Cod [22]. ethylester Hexanoic acid. ethylester Acetic acid. 3-methyl. heavy. S-methylester Propanoic acid. vomit N/A N/A N/A N/A Sulfur Compounds Methanethiol Dimethyl sulfide × × × × — — . ethylester Butanoic acid. Haddock Fillets [31].

cabbage Volatiles in boiled cod were analyzed in samples of raw chilled cod fillets [22] by heating corresponding samples at 80°C for 60 min. data not available for haddock. Haddock Fillets [31]. not detected by GC–O. and Smoked Salmon [23] during Chilled Storagea Compound Dimethyl disulfide Dimethyl trisulfide a Raw Cod × × Boiled Cod × × Raw Haddock × × Smoked Salmon Odor Description (GC–O) Onion like Rotten. sour.1.4. and TMA-like smell.5°C) [22]. and malty odors. Sour. The flavor thresholds . esters. The odor descriptors in Table 8. the aroma of the fillet is described as sweet and reminiscent of shellfish. The aim was to screen for potential quality indicators and determine which compounds and classes of compounds were most abundant in the headspace and also to identify the most influential spoilage odors contributing to sensory rejection. During prolonged storage boiled potato odor develops.2) were associated with the development of sweet. sour. and when combined with frozen storage odor. In general when fish is cooked. and finally sour and dirty tablecloth odor.34].1 based on GC–O analysis of cod and smoked salmon represent most of these overall changes. which is mostly affected by handling. packaging. Seaweedy and marine-like odors. and sometimes metallic. sulfur. and temperature conditions during storage [33.1 (continued) Volatile Compounds Detected in Cod [22]. and 2. 8.2. N/A. mainly amino acids. cucumber-. and the end of shelf life of cod fillets on day 12 of storage are explained by the presence of TMA. caramel-like. acids. Late spoilage changes. dried fish/stockfish. Identification of volatile compounds was based on GC–MS analysis (see Table 8. —. and aldehydes. Sweet-milky and vanilla/caramel-like odors are typical in cooked fish. the fish is no longer fit for consumption. and aldehydes detected on day 4 of storage and their increasing levels on days 7 and 10 (Figure 8. and Malty Odors Ketones. meat-like. as well as green plant-. and sulfur compounds produced by microbial degradation of fish components. 8.1).1 Sweet.4. or geraniumlike odors are characteristic sensory odor descriptors for fresh whole fish. After several days of storage.3-butandiol were found in the highest levels on day 12 at sensory rejection. development of spoilage odors. showing results from a storage study of cod fillets packed in styrofoam boxes during chilled storage (0. The microbially derived alcohols 2-methyl-1-propanol. An example of the spoilage pattern of volatile compounds in chilled fish is illustrated in Figure 8.Volatile Aroma Compounds in Fish ◾ 103 Table 8. and malty spoilage odors. alcohols. The loss of freshness of cod fillets and early spoilage changes were related to the formation of ketones. the freshness notes disappear and the odor of the uncooked fish becomes neutral. and quantification of the main classes of compounds was based on the sum of the PAR for respective compounds in each class. 3-methyl-1-butanol. alcohols. cooling. mushroom-. contributing to sweet.1 Microbial Spoilage Odors The spoilage odors in chilled fish vary depending on the dominant microflora in the products.

and they did not contribute to the odor of the fillets as evaluated by GC–O (Table 8. Ethanol was detected in high levels initially (on days 4 and 7) and then declined. butanol. it is more useful to monitor the loss of freshness as an early indicator of spoilage. TMA. was characterized by sweet. (Modified from Ólafsdóttir. that were present in cod fillets throughout . methanethiol. Volatile compounds as quality indicators in fish during chilled storage: Evaluation of microbial metabolites by an electronic nose. piperidine. In chilled haddock fillets stored in styrofoam boxes. 3-methyl-1-butanol. University of Iceland. and fish-fillet-like odors by GC–O in our study. Propanol was suggested as a potential indicator when using modified atmosphere packaging techniques. PhD thesis. ethyl acetate. 1-penten-3-ol. Reykjavík. 3-methyl-1-butanol. whereas the formation of branched-chain alcohols and aldehydes such as 2-methyl-1-propanol. Levels of acetoin increased earlier than those of TMA. The concentration of acetoin was much higher than the lipid derived ketones detected. 3-hydroxy-butanone. dimethyl trisulfide. therefore. and 3-methyl-butanal probably originate from degradation of valine and leucine. TMA. peak area ratio) of the main classes of compounds contributing to spoilage in cod fillets packed in styrofoam boxes during storage at 0. The formation of acetoin (3-hydroxy-2-butanone) was characteristic for the spoilage of chilled cod fillets packed in styrofoam boxes and was attributed to the growth of Photobacterium phosphoreum [22]. The initial high levels of ethanol in spoilage of fish has been related to the utilization of carbohydrate sources. such as 2-butanone. and. and acetic acid were identified as spoilage indicators [29]. caramel. G. Lindsay [8] suggested using short-chain alcohols such as ethanol. and the carotenoid-derived 6-methyl-5-heptene-2-one. dimethyl disulfide. whereas dimethyl sulfide was detected initially and throughout storage [31]. In cultured and wild sea bream stored in ice for 23 days. and 3-methyl-1-butanol as potential indices of refrigerated fish spoilage based on studies of freshwater whitefish.104 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 120 100 Peak area ratio (PAR) 80 60 40 20 0 0 2 4 6 8 10 Days of storage 12 14 Alcohols Aldehydes Ketones TMA Aceticacid Esters Figure 8.5°C until sensory rejection on day 12. 2-methyl-1-propanol.) of alcohols are higher than those of carbonyls. The branched chain aldehyde.1) [22].2 GC–MS analysis of volatile compounds showing changes in the levels (PAR.. and butanoic acid ethyl ester were found in the highest amounts and increased with storage. 3-pentanone. respectively. Dimethyl disulfide and dimethyl trisulfide were detected at the end of storage time when samples were spoiled. 3-methyl-butanal. 2005. 3-methyl-1-butanol.

1. The origin of the sulfur compounds is microbial degradation of cysteine and methionine to form hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan. Milo and Grosch [42] evaluated the headspace of boiled cod by gas chromatography olfactometry (GC–O) and found that dimethyl trisulfide was the most potent odorant contributing to off odors in cod formed when the raw material was inappropriately stored. which may have influenced the overall odor perception leading to the sensory rejection of the fillets.Volatile Aroma Compounds in Fish ◾ 105 storage. respectively [41]. and Cabbage-Like Odors Low levels of sulfur compounds (Figure 8.39]. contributed to the sensory rejection of chilled cod fillets on day 12 and suggested the role of Pseudomonas fragi in the development of sweet. and undecane) appeared to be similar throughout storage in chilled cod fillets [22]. Onion. Pseudomonas species have also been found responsible for the formation of volatile sulfides. methyl mercaptan.1). TMA is a potent odorant with a characteristic fishy. described as sickeningly sweet and nauseous. and stale odors by amines during fish spoilage is well known. Ketones can influence the overall odor because of their low odor thresholds. decane. ammonia-like.2) indicated that they were not important in the spoilage of chilled cod fillets stored in styrofoam boxes.3 Putrid.1. At this point there was an increase in the pH value. fruity off odors [37. Enzymically produced DMA (dimethylamine). contributing to the stale and putrid off odors in fish because of amino acid and lipid degradation [39].4. which contributed to boiled potato-like odors (Table 8. and dimethyl disulfide have been suggested as the main cause of putrid spoilage aromas [41]. ammonia-like odor. whereas DMA may influence the overall fresh flavor of fish in combination with oxidatively formed aldehydes from long-chain fatty acids in fish. and ketones (2-butanone).2 Dried Fish.38. which forms very early after harvest of fish. 8. numerous branched chain .38]. TMA has been noted for intensifying fishiness by a synergistic action with certain volatile unsaturated aldehydes derived from autoxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids [40].2 shows that TMA was detected in high levels on day 12. In whole fish stored in ice. Dimethyl trisulfide has also been associated with spoilage in fish and associated with the growth of Shewanella putrecfaciens [25. 1-penten-3-ol). TMA is characteristic for the spoilage odors of fish. volatile sulfur compounds such as hydrogen sulfide. The odor of ethyl butanoate. and measurements of volatile amines such as TMA or total volatile bases (TVB-N) have been used in the fish industry as indicators of quality for fish and fish products. 8.1. dried fish. Figure 8. Oxidative processes are involved in the formation of dimethyl sulfide from methyl mercaptan and further oxidation of dimethyl disulfide. methyl sulfide. but no obvious increase occurred until at the end of shelf-life and during continued storage. and Stale Odors The development of dried fish. Ammonia-Like. has been suggested as a freshness indicator along with its precursor TMAO (trimethylamine oxide) [27]. Additionally.4 Miscellaneous The concentration of the straight chain alkanes (nonane. The onset of stale odors can be explained by cis-4-heptenal and heptanal. The lipid-derived saturated aldehydes detected on day 12 at sensory rejection also contributed to the overall sweet aroma. 8. and the incorporation of hydrogen sulfide yields dimethyl trisulfide [38]. Additionally. alcohols (3-methyl-1-butanol.4.4.

but the knowledge of the formation of these compounds is obscure. but the sampling techniques used were not sensitive enough to allow quantification of these compounds. they are not considered of interest as quality indicators. and 2.7-decadienal. cis-4-heptenal. The influence of other aroma active compounds present in lower levels such as the unsaturated autoxidatively derived aldehydes (2. were detected in the fillets throughout the storage time. Various pro and antioxidants influence the stability of the muscle and have been studied in relation to the oxidative stability of phospholipids [46]. and decanal.2. therefore.and potato-like odors contributed by . Boiled potato. Aldehydes generally have low odor thresholds. fish-like odors of chilled cod fillets in combination with other carbonyls (3-hydroxy-2-butanone. although their overall levels were lower. Our studies on the development of volatile compounds in chilled cod fillets packed in styrofoam boxes during storage at 0°C showed that oxidatively formed. Phospholipids are the main membrane-bound lipids.7-decatrienal) should not be overlooked. heptanal. ketones. that contribute to the development of rancid cold store flavors [47].106 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis alkanes were detected. and 6-methyl-5-heptene-2one). A characteristic earthy odor in many species residing in ponds has been associated with piperidine and its reaction products. Limonene has also been detected in sea bream during storage [29]. such as hexanal. and overall the alkanes showed an increasing trend with storage time. 6-Methyl-5-heptene-2-one derived from carotenoids was described as spicy and flowery by GC–O and suggested to contribute along with other ketones and aldehydes to the characteristic sweet odor of cod fillets [22]. aromatics. the feed may have influenced higher levels of aldehydes. and terpenes found in wild sea bream compared with those of its cultured counterpart [29]. The origin of limonene in fish is most likely related to the diet derived from algae or plant source. Several odor active terpene derivatives have been identified in fish. 2. in similar or slightly increasing levels. 3-pentanone.4-heptadienal. which are known to be more susceptible to oxidation than triacylglycerols in fat deposits [45]. 8.4. lipid-derived saturated aldehydes. and because of their high unsaturation.4. 2-butanone.1 Cooked Odor—Boiled Potato and Rancid Odors Characteristic odors and key volatile compounds in boiled cod stored in closed plastic bags for 22 days compared with fresh boiled cod are shown in Figure 8. These oxidation products contributed to the overall characteristic sweet. suggesting that it may have an impact on the overall odor of fish fillets [22]. since they are not aroma active. such as hexanal. Similarly. their impact was greater than alcohols and ketones. 8. they are in particular sensitive to oxidation.2 Oxidatively Derived Odors Initiation of lipid oxidation in fish is generally associated with the polyunsaturated fatty acids in phospholipids of muscle cell membranes [44]. Piperidine was tentatively identified in chilled cod fillets [22] and has also been suggested as a quality indicator in sea bream [29]. These compounds have been associated with rancid and dried fish odors. Oxidative processes occurring during storage of fish result in the accumulation of aldehydes. 3-methyl-butanal. However. which is further enhanced by preprocessing and storage of fish.4. and.4-heptadienal and 2. Piperidine levels have been reported to increase in spawning salmon and contribute to off odors [43].4. Limonene has low odor threshold and a fresh lemon odor was detected by GC–O analysis of cod.3 to demonstrate which odors are most dominating in the aroma profile [48].

sweet. green-like odors Grass Hexanal Heavy Mushroom. R. 2004. sweet. and rancid odors contributed by 2-nonenal and 2. In fresh baked herring (200°C.52]. and octatriene increased significantly. paint-like [50]. Unpublished data. 2-methylbutanal. flowery. and the most pronounced attribute was a boiled potato odor [49]. Taking into account the complexity of the spoilage processes. and after storage for 3 days the proportions of 4-heptenal. Baltic herring has been reported to have a similar development of volatiles. multivariate data analysis is useful to explore the overall trend of the main quality indicators. green-like. this is not always the trend for dynamic microbial and oxidative changes and the formation of volatiles in fish during storage [22]. (From Jónsdóttir. some confusion exists about the role of cis-4heptenal as the “cold-storage compound” [8]. Fatty. earthy Potato-like Boiled potato cis-4-Heptenal Heptanal ◾ 107 Cucumber. this aldehyde does not exhibit a fishy-type aroma by itself. sour. rancid odors Flowery 2. microbial metabolites such as 3-methyl1-butanol and cresol were identified [53].4-heptadienal. 2-heptanone. In fact..4) on data from our studies on volatiles in cod [22] during prolonged storage for 17 days and compared with corresponding . Its odor has been described both as cardboardy.3 Odor profile (GC–O analysis) of boiled cod stored in plastic bags (-♦-) after 22 days of refrigerated storage (3°C) compared with freshly boiled cod (---▲---).Volatile Aroma Compounds in Fish DMS Sulfur 5 4 3 2 1 Fishy odors Fishy 3-Pentanone 1-Penten-3-ol Flowery 2-Penten-1-ol Flowery Fatty. The occurrence of cis-4-heptenal has been associated with the “cold storage flavor” of cod [47]. The fresh raw salmon odor was characterized as cucumber-like with weak sweet. green-like. 1-penten-3-ol and hexanal. 1-penten-3-ol. although the level of the compounds may vary and explain the differences in the characteristic odor of these species. quality indicators should demonstrate clear increasing or decreasing levels with storage time. as well as boiled potato-like [51. and green-like odors were associated with oxidatively derived 3-pentanone. sweet. pop-like Earthy-like odors Figure 8. 20 min) 3-methylbutanal. and hexanal were abundant in headspace. and octadienes also increased many-fold during further storage. Ideally.) heptanal and cis-4-heptenal were the most potent odors. heptanal. Other pronounced odors detected in boiled cod (Figure 8. melon 2-Nonenal Cucumber Fatty Fatty.4-Heptadienal Rancid Geranium-like 1-Octen-3-ol Mushroom Earthy. Hexanal.3) were fatty. Principal component analysis (PCA) was performed (Figure 8. However. and Ólafsdóttir. however. but it rather participates in the expression of the overall fishy odor. G. and fish oil notes were characteristic for fresh cooked salmon. and after 8 days of storage at 6°C. and fish oil notes in the same study. sourish. Overall earthy.

2. increased with time and were pronounced in the spoiled raw samples (R-D14 and R-D17). X-expl: 53%. boiled and storage days.4 Principal component analysis of raw and boiled cod. 12. in agreement with earlier studies [54].4.1).5-octadien-3-one. as indicated by the arrows (Figure 8.4-decadienal from PUFA were determined as character impact odorants of boiled cod [54]. Interestingly. and 17 days).E)-2. (E. Samples are labeled with R.Z)-2. in particular the role of volatile compounds derived from oxidation in heated/boiled samples.4 –0. that is.8 R-D17 –0.2 0. and (E.0 B-D17 1-Penten-3-ol 3-me-butanal Acetic acid 0. especially in trout [15].108 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis PC2 Bi-plot 1. methional. 14.2 Raw and boild c….5 –0. The PCA demonstrates how volatile compounds can explain the variation in quality of samples according to storage time and handling (raw and boiled). 3-methyl-butanal in combination with acetaldehyde. raw and B. and 6-methyl-5-hepten-2-one.4). dimethyl disulfide. samples after heating (see Table 8. It is in particular interesting to demonstrate that the influence of heating gives a very different volatile profile compared with that of the raw samples that are all clustered on the left of the PCA plot.0 Figure 8. 7. However. methional with a characteristic boiled potato-like odor dominated the odor of the aldehyde fraction of the headspace volatiles. . and dimethyl trisulfide were detected in higher levels in the boiled samples (data not shown). 10. The oxidatively formed compounds. Other oxidatively formed compounds like 2-butanone and aldehydes were in higher levels in the B-D4 sample compared with the corresponding raw sample (R-D4). The characteristic pattern or trend in volatiles in raw and boiled fish is clearly different.4). hexanal. Sulfur compounds dimethyl sulfide. 19% PC1 1.6 0. 3-methyl-butanal was correlated to the boiled stored cod (B-D17) (Figure 8. D (4.2 Washed Cod Muscle System Rancid odor development during chilled storage of fish has commonly been associated with fatty species. On the basis of odor evaluation. Only the spoiled raw samples (R-D14 and R-D17) can be correlated with the freshly boiled (B-D4) sample. Autoxidatively produced unsaturated carbonyl compounds were the most abundant components in boiled and canned fish. oxidation of membrane-bound phospholipids in lean species can cause fishy. 8. decanal. The effect of oxidation induced by cooking and formation of oxidation products such as heptenal and nonanal characterizes the (B-D4) sample. In boiled trout. and oxidatively derived (Z)-1.5 Undecanal Ethanol 3-me-1-butanol B-D10 0 R-D4 R-D12 R-D7 R-D10 Ethylbutanoate B-D4 Heptanal Nonanal Acetaldehyde Ethylacetate 2-Butanone 3-HO-2-Butanone 2-me-1-propanol TMA Decanal R-D14 6-me-5-h-2-one Hexanal 0 0. The malty flavor of 3-methyl butanal was suggested earlier to be mainly responsible for the malty off flavor defect of boiled cod [54].6-nonadienal.4 0.

3-pentandione. In lean fish such as cod. in agreement with TBARS and changes in color [62]. This is because the activity of antioxidants in food systems depends not only on the chemical reactivity of the antioxidant (e. including blood components like inorganic metals iron (Fe) and copper (Cu). and instrumental color changes. Sohn et al.4-heptadienal [62]. and caramel-like odors contributed by 3-methylbutanal. TBARS (thiobarbituric reactive substances).61]. and environmental conditions (e. These odors were also detected in cod fillets during chilled storage (Table 8. 2.Volatile Aroma Compounds in Fish ◾ 109 rancid. The effect of thermal treatment on hemoglobin-mediated oxidation in the phospholipid model system from cod muscle was studied by monitoring oxidative changes during chilled storage on ice by sensory analysis. this may facilitate the selection of preventive measures to limit oxidation and guide new technological developments with the aim to ensure the delicate taste and nutritional value of lean fish products. and the overall odor was an intense dried fish. painty. pH) [55. physical. ascorbic acid. rancid fish oil like. Studies on the development of the odorous degradation compounds of phospholipid oxidation can lead to a better understanding of the kinetics and reaction pathways of oxidation in lean fish. green. The added hemoglobin was very effective as a prooxidant. free radical scavenging and chelation) but also on factors such as physical location. [63]. Similarly. including hemoglobin from blood [7. potato-like odor caused by cis-4-heptenal and heptanal.1).g. . and rancid odors dominated the aroma profile [62]. Furthermore. and a similar trend was observed in the development of cis-4-heptenal (Figure 8. To accurately evaluate the potential of antioxidants in foods. dried fish-like off odors as discussed before. The prooxidative effect of hemoglobin was evident by the formation of hexanal in high levels. Preconcentration techniques are necessary for the analysis of unsaturated aldehydes.4heptadienal that contributed to rancid odor caused by oxidation. [60] studied lipid oxidation and rancid odor during the early stage of ice storage of ordinary and dark muscle of yellowtail and concluded that myoglobin was the main cause in the development of the unpleasant color and undesirable odor during ice storage of fish muscle. lipid oxidation of muscle phospholipids may be induced by several catalysts. Consequently. mushroom odor caused by 1-octen-3-ol. The most potent odors detected in the model system were malty.58].56]. and color. it is necessary to apply models that take into account the chemical. To monitor the development of rancidity. interaction with other food components. static headspace sampling methods. it is possible to detect the most volatile oxidation products like propanal and hexanal by rapid..5) as well as 2. rancid. earthy. These compounds can be used as indicator compounds for oxidation. as demonstrated by Boyd et al. and environmental conditions expected in food products. cucumber-like.. sweet. and glutathione peroxidase) and aqueous prooxidants in fish muscle. and spicy and flowery notes exhibited by 6-methyl-5-hepten-2-one. Odor development in lean fish studied by hemoglobininduced oxidation in washed cod muscle system showed that sweet. sensory assessments. the concentration and composition of volatile oxidation products analyzed by GC were compared with TBARS measurements. rancid. floral. has been studied to understand better the mechanisms of oxidation in the muscle [57. and 1-penten 3-ol. Washed cod muscle system has been widely used to study oxidation and the influence of prooxidative and antioxidative factors [59. and lemon-like odors were explained by 2. soapy.g. fatty. we found in our studies on the washed cod muscle system that hexanal could be used as indicator for rancid odor development. which is not practical for rapid determination of oxidation. They showed that direct analysis of propanal can provide a quick and economical method for the determination of oxidation of n-3 fatty acids and pentane and hexanal analysis can give an indication of the oxidation of linoleic acid. On the other hand.59]. but the compounds were detected in much lower levels [22]. The role of antioxidants (a-tocopherol. grass odor contributed by hexanal.

R. and EDTA [66]. Matis Report 08. Some promising results have been reported. 73. ( Adapted from Jónsdóttir.. described as rancid. et al.110 ◾ 1000 800 ng/g Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Hexanal 30 25 20 ng/g 15 10 5 0 0 1 Blank-II 2 Hb-Char-II 3 Hb-Cod-II 4 0 1 Blank-II 2 Hb-Char-II 3 4 cis-4-Heptenal 600 400 200 0 Hb-Cod-II Figure 8. citric acid. Studies on LOX inhibitors are of interest in preventing the initiation of oxidation in fish. J. 67. Aquat. painty. Blank-II.. -▲-.e. (From Jónsdóttir. and in TBARS (Figure 8. Food Prod. caffeic acid) [65] as well as application of tocopherol. 2007.. R. catechins from tea) and cinnamic acid derivatives (i. G.6) as well as more rapid loss of red color (not shown) already on the first day of storage. With permission. 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 40 35 Odor score (rancidity) TBARS (μmol/kg) 0 1 Blank 2 Raw 3 Cooked 4 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 0 1 Blank 2 Raw 3 Cooked Figure 8. Hb-Char-II..5 Gas chromatography analysis (FID) of characteristic volatile compounds contributing to rancid odor (hexanal and cis-4-heptenal) in hemoglobin (from Arctic char and cod) mediated oxidation in washed cod model stored at 0°C for 4 days (-♦-. 2008. respectively) and raw without hemoglobin (blank). HbCod-II). and Ólafsdóttir..) Thermal treatment of the cod model system significantly enhanced the oxidation of the model on day 1.e. and dried fish odors. The studies on the washed cod muscle system verify the importance of oxidation in off odor development in fish muscle and consequently the benefit of being able to control oxidation to prevent the formation of the aldehydes. Active research is ongoing on the application of various natural antioxidants based on polyphenols like flavonoids (i. 16.6 Sensory analysis of rancid odor (odor score) and TBARS measurements in raw and cooked washed cod model stored at 0°C for 4 days. -■-.) . with added hemoglobin (raw and cooked. as measured by rapid increase in rancid odor. where commercially available green tea polyphenols were shown to effectively inhibit the LOX activity of mackerel muscle [67].

2. sweet/sour rancid. but it is mostly attributed to the phenols. Key volatile compounds identified in enzymatically produced seafood flavorants are formed via Maillard reaction and Strecker degradation of amino acids. it was verified that selected key volatile compounds performed better as predictors to explain variation in sensory attributes (smoked.72]. aldehydes.7 illustrates the main odors that were present in smoked fish samples after 14 days of chilled storage.6-nonadienal. the Strecker aldehyde produced from methionine. hexanal. nonanal. 2-pentanone.4. Some of these compounds were selected as key spoilage indicators for smoked salmon based on their high levels and contribution to sweet and fruity spoilage off odors in our study on smoked salmon (Figure 8.7) (e.72]. 1-octen-3-ol. also contribute to the aroma of seafood flavorants [70].72].3. In addition to phenolic compounds. Additionally. Thermally generated aroma-active compounds via the Maillard reaction such as pyrazines are characteristic for enzymatically hydrolyzed seafood products like crayfish processing by-products [68]. and 3-methyl-1-butanol) [23]. 2. contributing to mushroom-like odor. such as heptanal and (E. 3-methyl-butanal. Volatile compounds like alkyl-pyrazines and sulfur-containing compounds have been found in cooked crustaceans. and off odor and flavor) than traditional chemical and microbial variables. including Strecker degradation.4. [74] analyzed headspace components of cod and swordfish.3 Processing Odors Flavor development in processed seafood is a result of complex proteolytic and lipolytic reactions induced by different processing parameters like enzymes and temperature.7) [23]. Lipid-derived aldehydes play an important role in flavor formation and have been reported to contribute to the characteristic fish-like. and 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline.71. Microbially produced ketones. and 2. Phenolic derivatives like guaiacol (2-methoxyphenol) and syringol (2. potato-like odors. which has a characteristic potato-like odor.1 Smoked Fish Odors Degradation compounds from Maillard reactions and lipid oxidation are the main compounds contributing to the aroma of smoked salmon [72]. 2-butanone.4-heptanal.Z)-2. Figure 8.g. Other oxidatively derived compounds like 1-penten-3-ol. furan-like compounds have been reported to be responsible for the smoked odor in smoked salmon. giving rancid. and 1-octen-3-ol. giving a popcorn-like odor that can be thermally generated.6-nonadienal. 2-methyl-1-butanol. and alcohols were abundant in the headspace of cold smoked salmon products during storage. associated with spoilage off flavors. whereas carbonyl compounds. and decanal were among key volatiles. like 3-methyl butanal. gave the most intense odors of smoked salmon and contributed to the fish-like earthy odors and fatty and rancid odors (Figure 8. plays important roles in the formation of complicated processing flavors. sweet odors of processed seafood like those in smoked salmon [23.6-dimethoxyphenol) have been identified as the most characteristic smoke-related compounds in smoked fish-like herring (Clupea harengus) [73] and in smoked salmon (Salmo salar) [23. which is typical for products on the market [23]. and 1-propanol [28. The oxidatively derived compounds cis-4-heptenal and heptanal. . it is clear that their presence contributes to the characteristic fish odor of smoked salmon products. These are compounds like methional. 3-hydroxy-2-butanone. and although they contributed less to the odors. 1-penten-3-ol.Volatile Aroma Compounds in Fish ◾ 111 8. hexanal. ethanol. 8. Maillard reaction.75]. Guillén et al. were characteristic in unsmoked fish. giving the flesh its typical fishy odor [71. and lipid oxidation. Lipid-derived components. and furans have been found in spray-dried shrimp powder and shrimp hydrolysate [69].4-decadienal. thermal degradation. where groups of phenol pyrolysis were most noticeable in the smoke flavor volatiles.. like cis-4-heptenal. The typical smoked salmon aroma results from a number of chemicals found in the smoke. 3-methyl-1-butanol.

. potato-like odor was identified as cis4-heptenal and the boiled potato-like odor. et al. caramel Smoke-house. geranium Rancid cis-4-Heptenal Heptanal Earthy-like odors 1-Octen-3-ol Figure 8. smoke 3-Methyl butanal Sweet. and rancid-like odors Burnt. where methional derived from methionine and 2. peptides. the desired flavor and texture develop as a consequence of protein and fat degradation. (Modified from Jónsdóttir.7 GC–O evaluation of volatile compounds detected in cold smoked salmon after 14 days of storage at 5°C. R. Salted cod are traditional products from the North-Atlantic fisheries and are highly regarded as ripened fish products in many countries.and 3-Methyl phenol Guaiacol 4-Methyl-guaiacol Sweet and fruity-like odors Wood. Similar processes have been reported in ripened seafood products. 184. both oxidatively derived compounds. and aldehydes such as acetaldehyde. 109. most of them generated from chemical or enzymatic oxidation of unsaturated fatty acids and further interactions with proteins. In our study. . smoke Mushroom. smoke.) 8. 2-methylpropanal and 3-methylbutanal were the key. fruity Flowery. The rancid. sweet Flowery. sweet Wood.4-heptadienal and 3. However. where the ripening of salted cod (Gadus morhua) produced by different salting methods was studied. as heptanal.4. 2008.2 Ripening Odor—Salted and Dried Fish Odor Numerous volatile compounds have been detected in ripened products like dry cured ham. fatty Boiled potato-like Fatty. sweet Flowery. During ripening of salted cod. sweet Smoke-like 2. Food Chem. earthy. potato-like odors together with cucumber-like odor [82]. Triqui and Reineccius [80] found that 2. Thus.5-octadien-2-one were associated with the development of the typical flavor obtained after anchovy ripening.. they suggested that lipid autoxidation during ripening was primarily responsible for aroma development.5octadien-3-one were also identified as potent odorants in ripened anchovy [81]. especially those in the Mediterranean. the highest odor scores were given for boiled potato and rancid. ripened roe products [79] Similarly. highly volatile components of ripened anchovy.112 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Smoked salmon odors Characteristic smoke odor Sweet.6-nonadienal from fatty acid oxidation were the main odorants in sugar salted. and free amino acids. burnt. mushroom 2.3. [76–78]. Methional and (Z)-1. probably originating from amino acids. manufacturers of ripened products have observed that some degree of proteolysis is necessary before flavor can develop. 4-Heptadienal Sweet.

proper handling..6-nonadienal. Lipid oxidation during ripening appears to be primarily responsible for desirable aroma development in processed fish. Studies on hemoglobin-induced oxidation in the washed cod model system and enhanced oxidation after heating verified the role of the oxidatively derived compounds contributing to off odors in chilled stored and boiled cod.H. References 1. 8. can be used for a variety of fish species that are stored and processed by different techniques. FAO. and in retail for consumers as smart sensors imprinted on packaging. Development of smart sensor technologies like the electronic nose to detect microbial metabolites and oxidation products is of interest to verify the quality of products to facilitate process management. 1-penten-3-ol. and 1-octen-3-ol. for example. No. and new packaging technologies. to increase trust between buyers and sellers in trade. careful control of handling and processing conditions should open up possibilities for fish to become a favored choice in new product development of convenience food and in functional food because of its health beneficial properties. However. 193 pp. 1–67. 348. VCH Publishers Inc. could also be responsible for the boiled potato-like odor. 1995. aldehydes. New York. temperature control. and other prooxidants in combination with mild heating treatment are important factors to maintain the delicate flavor and odor of fish products. were the most intense character impact compounds of salted cod and smoked salmon. The cucumber-like odor detected is possibly 2. according to retention index (RI) of standard and odor evaluation. such as heptanal and (E. their presence at nominal levels gives the characteristic and desirable fishy odor in fresh and processed fish. cause off odors in fish during storage. FAO Fisheries Technical Paper. A certain degree of lipid oxidation is both necessary and desirable for sufficient ripening of the products but the process should be controlled to obtain a desirable degree of ripening based on consumer preferences [82.6-nonadienal. derived from methionine and eluting at a similar time as cis-4-heptenal and heptanal.Volatile Aroma Compounds in Fish ◾ 113 Methional. Other key volatile compounds in salted cod are derived form lipid oxidation. hexanal. Detection of microbial metabolites originating mainly from soluble aqueous fractions of the muscle can be directly related to the quality of products. Volatile compounds as indicators of freshness quality and spoilage can be monitored to determine the quality of fish products. Therefore.83]. 1995. amines.R. microbial growth can be limited by effective cooling techniques. 2. Evaluation of Seafood Freshness Quality. although the compound could not be identified by GC–MS. Huss. Knowledge of the spoilage pattern of volatile compounds is the basis for the development of rapid techniques like smart sensor technologies. careful evaluation of the quality of product is needed to ensure acceptable flavor. Quality and quality changes in fresh fish. exhibiting rancid. hemoglobin. contributing to mushroom-like odor. such as ketones. acids. alcohols. and 2-butanone. H. and myoglobin. Proper handling and application of natural antioxidants to control oxidative processes caused by lipoxygenase.5 Conclusions Although aldehydes. Rome. J. esters. A similar set of sensors with selectivity and sensitivity toward the main quality-indicating classes of compounds. potato-like odors. and sulfur compounds. In addition.Z)-2. Botta. The oxidatively derived compounds cis-4-heptenal and heptanal. .

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.................131 9................. and Margrethe Esaiassen Contents 9....................133 Acknowledgment .........4.......................................................3 Analysis of Basic Constituents .......................... and Analysis ................................................ 128 9............................................................................1......................... 122 9......................................1 Determination of Basic Composition.............1 Determination of Basic Composition.................................................132 9... 130 9.................................. 134 References ................................1...............2 Theory.................................................1 Near-Infrared Spectroscopy....................................1...................1 Theory............................. 134 Fish and seafood consumption has gained increased attention during the last years as a consequence of increased focus on nutritional quality as well as aspects related to healthy living................2.... Measurement Principles.................................................................................................................. 122 9......2 Analysis ................................... 130 9.............132 9...... 121 ....................................3........................2 Imaging Spectroscopy ...................132 9........................................... 128 9...3.....2 Theory and Measurement Principles .....................1 Theory and Measurement Principles ......................................................................................3 NMR Spectroscopy .................3 Analysis of Basic Constituents .............................................. 122 9...................4 X-Ray Imaging ................................... 124 9........................................... 128 9..............................3.......................................... Measurement Principles................ and Data Analysis ............................. 130 9........................................................................5 Summary ................... Karsten Heia.......Chapter 9 Basic Composition: Rapid Methodologies Heidi Nilsen.........4........2 Analysis of Basic Constituents ..............................2..........................................

9. Measurement Principles. as well as x-rays. These methods are near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. to analysis related to the environment and the petrochemical sector [1]. and additionally the method may be applied with little or no obtrusion to the material sample. Another aspect to be considered is the increased consumer awareness regarding the quality of their food.1 Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Determination of Basic Composition The development and usage of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR) as an analytical tool has proven useful in areas varying from food quality. followed by a presentation of the usage of NIR measurements for the rapid determination of basic constituents in fish and seafood products.122 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Compared with the production and distribution of meat from the agricultural sector. In this chapter.1. we give a short introduction to the principles of NIR spectroscopy. C−H. Another benefit is the potential of simultaneous measurements of more parameters. throughout the years the method has also proven useful for the analysis of seafood and seafood products [8]. these techniques may be applied in or at a production line. and Data Analysis The electromagnetic range applied in NIR spectroscopy spans from 700 to 2500 nm. magnetic resonance.2 Theory. and hence these issues must be considered during the processing and characterization of the material. we review some of the most relevant methods for assessing the basic composition of fish and seafood as presented in scientific literature. There are several reasons why NIR as a food analytical tool has caught attention and approval during the last decennia. In this perspective there is an obvious need for objective methods for evaluating and documenting the basic composition of fish and seafood. frequently consumers want readily accessible information about nutritional parameters and food quality. The documentation of basic nutritional composition of foods is a legal requirement in many countries. During the last 30 years the use of NIR spectroscopy has gained increased importance in the evaluation of a number of different food quality parameters [2–7]. In the following section. The measurements are based on light interaction with material. and so the need for measurement and documentation of such parameters is both a consumer requirement and also issued by law. The work in food analysis tends to have a focus within the agricultural sector [1]. Regarding industrialized food production. 9.1 9. comprising the frequencies just below those of visible light. The absorption of light is due to the response of the molecular bonds O−H. C−O. requirements for such a method would preferably be that it is rapid and nondestructive. hence. In this context seafood is particularly challenging as it comprises a vast number of different species with their own characteristics and qualities. seafood is considered highly fragile and perishable with a short shelf life and delicate texture. A food sample exposed to emission in this wavelength range will absorb certain parts of the energy depending on the chemical composition of the sample. The basic principles of the techniques are described as well as a presentation of the use and applicability of quality measures of fish. facilitating a rapid response. The four methods presented fit with the requirements of speed and nonobtrusiveness. . pharmaceutical applications. However. imaging techniques.1. which is a prerequisite for a methodology to be applied along a production line.

both with respect to the detectors and the capture of the spectral information [10. but focusing the two devices so as to ensure that the light has traversed some region of the sample before detection. but an immediate look at an NIR spectrum is not sufficient to quantify the different substances. for example. Over the years there has been a steadily ongoing development of instrumentation for NIR spectroscopy. the transmission and reflection may be either direct or diff use. The setup in (b) displays the reflection setup where light reflected from the sample surface enters the detector. light from the source penetrates the sample and enters the detector. For both (a) and (b).10]. traditional chemical determination of the constituents. A common methodology is chemometrics or Detector Shelter Sample Light source (a) (b) (c) Figure 9. nondisruptive. The broad spectral bands may be an indication of the material constituents. Different measurement modes for NIR spectroscopy are illustrated in Figure 9. NIR spectroscopy is an indirect measurement technique. Hence. placing the light source and the detector at the same side of the sample. In (c) the light source and detector are located to register light that has traversed the sample before detection. NIR spectroscopy would not have had such an impact as an analytical tool had it not been for the development of mathematical tools for spectral analysis. A setup as shown in (a). depending on the scattering properties of the medium under investigation. A thorough theoretical description of the NIR theory as well as the designation of numerous bands of absorptions may be found in Osborne and Fearn [2] and reviews on the subject [1. the spectral readings must be correlated to a relevant reference method such as. enables “transmission” measurements. In order to prevent direct reflection from the surface. In the context of rapid methodologies. a screen is placed between the directly emitted area and the area of inspection.Basic Composition: Rapid Methodologies ◾ 123 and N−H [9] and corresponds mainly to overtones and combinations of fundamental vibrations. If the light source and the detector are placed on the same side of the sample as shown in (b). Finally. where the light passes through the sample from one side to another.1.11].9. In (a) the transmission setup is shown. and noncontact methods. (c) illustrates how measurements are performed in “transflection” mode. developed toward the facilitation of nondestructive. we view this in terms of the measurement setup enabled by technology.1 Different measurement setups for NIR spectroscopy. . the system is operated in “reflection” mode. The amount of light entering the detector unit depends on the scattering and absorption features of the sample as well as the sample thickness and lamp characteristics.

we give several examples of the use of NIR spectroscopy for the determination of basic food constituents in fish and seafood and how the method has been applied and developed over the last 20 years.124 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis multivariate data analysis. fat. and water. Darwish and others [15] used the technique in 1989 to measure fat. Both of these early reports concluded that the method was promising in terms of speed and efficiency when measuring a large number of samples. Being the basic nutritional components of any food. [19] performed a study on live anesthetized farmed salmon. The earliest reports of NIR spectroscopy to measure chemical components in fish appeared more than two decades ago. Based on measurements through scales and skin. reliable. fingerling Arctic charr and rainbow trout. the study concluded that the method could be a useful tool for rapid quality control. mackerel. intact rainbow trout. In 1987 Gjerde and Martens [13] demonstrated the applicability of NIR to predict water. and the sample preparation included mincing and freeze drying of the material to be evaluated. 9. a substantial part of the work related to NIR analysis of fish and food from fish concerns the quantification of the chemical constituents. The measurements were performed by use of fiber optic bundles conveying the light to and from the sample site. the samples were minced and dissolved in a milk-like emulsion. namely. In spite of the rather cumbersome sampling procedure. it was possible to estimate the lipid content of the intact muscle. partial least square (PLS) regression. This measurement setup clearly displayed how NIR spectroscopy could be used in a nondestructive way. protein. and soft independent modeling of class analogies (SIMCA) [12]. Among the most used multivariate techniques are principal component analysis (PCA). In addition. Consecutive research articles proved the feasibility of the tool in developing the method to apply with simpler procedures of sample preparation. water. Farmed salmon is of high commercial value and a worldwide favorable product. For the measurement of fat and protein.3 Analysis of Basic Constituents As found in NIR analysis of foods in general. If there is good correlation between the spectral measurements and the method of reference. fat.1. and. [14] reported the use of NIR spectroscopy to determine lipid and protein content in freshwater fish. The same year Mathias et al. and protein in cod. Downey [18] applied a similar spectroscopic setup to measure fat and water content of intact farmed salmon. In the following paragraphs. In both studies reflectance measurements were performed. the measurement locations for obtaining the best calibration results were also addressed. This could account for the many studies relating to the rapid analysis of the basic chemical composition of . demonstrating the possibility to determine fat content in live fish. as in the work of Lee et al. [17]. and rapid method for the assessment and quantification of these constituents is considered a valuable tool in the quality evaluation of any foodstuff. the reference method may be replaced by the spectral reading and the analytical model. by use of NIR in connection with fiber optics Solberg et al. The prospect of measuring the chemical composition of intact fish could facilitate the use of the method in connection with selection in breeding programs [17] as well as for quality grading in terms of nutritional quality [19]. Sollid and Solberg [16] measured the fat content in salmon by transmission spectroscopy on raw minced muscle. a model based on several wavelengths is required to extract useful information from the spectroscopic data. and protein content in rainbow trout. Typically. an easy. As early as in 1992 Lee and others [17] showed how NIR spectroscopy could be used noninvasively to estimate the lipid content of small-sized. and tuna. whereas water determination was made on the water extracted from the fish mince.

[27]. and protein content of European sea bass. fat. Transmission spectroscopy was also employed for the analysis of fat and dry matter in capelin [25]. Silver Spring). and protein than those made on intact muscles. 1998. Xiccato et al. Torrissen..) Spectral measurements were performed on intact fillets by transflection measurements by use of the fiber optic probe of the instrument NIRS6500 (Perstorp Analytical Inc.603947 0. [28] and Nielsen et al.002328 61 66 54 55 168 17 16 62 72 18 2 4 77 23 6 53 6373 25343 31 13 74 80 22 15 78 41 27 44 18 36 38 46 70 9 65 20 12 67 19 49 60 52 26 83 48 51 100 48 69 676 32 35 20 24 37 56 40 50 28 30 39 5 15 Predicted Y 18 20 22 24 14 16 Hsfett1. This work also emphasized the impact of the conditional state of the fish when making calibration models. The fat content of herring has also been assessed by the use of NIR spectroscopy. [26] showed that NIR spectroscopy could be used to estimate lipid.22] also conducted studies documenting the efficiency of applying NIR spectroscopy in different measurement modes to assess fat and water content in salmon. In a research article published in 2004. Isaksson et al. and NIR spectroscopy. Spectroscopic readings obtained on the minced samples correlated better with the reference measurements on fat. as well as on minced salmon muscle. or postspawning. [29] one question of interest was the comparison of different methods for measuring fat content. [21.600067 0. . (From Nilsen. Wold et al. NIR spectroscopy was proven to be a useful tool for the evaluation of basic constituents of different types of tuna. Unpublished data. PC): (%fettHS. (Y–var. In this work they applied a fiber optic measurement setup.. Torry fatmeter. whether pre-. and Tuene [24] made use of NIR transmission spectroscopy to assess protein. Nortvedt. 8) Figure 9. and dry matter in halibut fillet. N.985681 0. water. water.264047 0. Measured Y Elements: Slope: Offset: Correlation: RMSEP: SEP: 21 Bias: 24 78 0.937575 0. and additionally the spectroscopic measurements could be used for origin identification or authentication of the samples. in.2.K. The study concluded that NIR is well suited for nondestructive quality evaluation of salmon fillets. [20] conducted a study in which they compared NIR measurements on intact salmon fillet. In both the works of Vogt et al. In a recent work by Khodabux et al. NIR spectroscopy has been used for evaluating the chemical composition of several other fish species as well. and Sørensen. microwave.Basic Composition: Rapid Methodologies ◾ 125 salmon. H. An example illustrating the use of NIR spectroscopy for assessing fat content in farmed salmon is given in Figure 9. applying minced samples for the spectral readings.2 The plot shows the predicted versus measured fat content in farmed salmon based on multivariate analysis of 78 spectra from salmon fillets and the respective chemical analyses of the fillets.

They did. combine the NIR technique with imaging—further described later in this chapter—which facilitates a novel way of measuring and analyzing fish quality. and certain proteins. although the assessment of salt did not prove as effective as that of water content. NIR spectroscopy has proven applicable also for the analysis of frozen products as well as processed and refined products. and exposure to elevated temperatures. however. and NMR. A work by Adamopoulos and Goula [37] showed that the chemical composition could be assessed with a high degree of accuracy in addition to the obvious benefit of the ease and simplicity of the measurement method. about 63°C for the hot smoking process. [32] performed a study to show that moisture and salt content in cold smoked salmon could be evaluated using NIR measurements. Huang et al. A few years later the same group used NIR to assess the fat content in frozen skipjack [31]. [35] applying the NIR technique to determine water content in salted dried cod—clipfish. It was argued that the sensitivity of the method could have been better. They addressed the sampling/measurement location and the method of performing measurements in a representative way. [30] used NIR spectroscopy in connection with an interactance probe as a means of determining the fat content in frozen horse mackerel nonintrusively. however. NIR spectroscopy. [39]. In both studies NIR spectroscopy resulted in favorable outcomes with respect to speed and accuracy. evaluation of freshness or storage time of fresh fish [41. lipids. Vogt et al. respectively. enzymes. the spectroscopic method has confirmed its applicability for the evaluation of several other quality issues in fish. refined fish-based products made by washing mechanically deboned fish to remove constituents such as blood. NIR spectroscopy has also been applied for the analysis of basic chemical constituents in other types of fish products. The use and results described above were all on raw fish samples. smoking. namely. storage time of frozen fish [41]. Moisture and sodium chloride in cured Atlantic salmon were measured nondestructively by NIR diff use reflectance spectroscopy [34]. alter the physical and chemical properties as well as the textural properties of the fish muscle. [36] presented a study where NIR spectroscopy was used for the investigation of salt content in cured salmon roe. differentiation between fresh and frozen-thawed fish [7].126 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis and Distell fatmeter. NIR. and protein content in another roe-based product. Similar findings were made on hot smoked portions of salmon fillets by Lin et al. Of the most recent studies in the field is work by Wold et al. The salting. The spectroscopic method has been used to assess moisture. The broadbanded spectra contain information about several parameters. Shimamoto et al. fat. For surimi products. [28] however. In 2001 Huang et al. In addition to the many studies assessing the basic chemical constituents in fish and seafood. Examples of these are nondestructive texture analysis of farmed salmon [40]. still proved viable for assessing the chemical constituents of the samples. The versatility of the method is one reason for its relevance and growing popularity during the recent years. and the detection of bruises in the fish muscle [33]. [33]. Smoked and cured fish have also been subject to investigation by the use of NIR spectroscopy. the Greek dish taramosalata. the nonintrusive method would still be an interesting alternative for rapid testing of high-value food products. In addition to the analysis on raw fish and processed fish material. also commented on the cost aspect of the different methods as part of the feasibility of the methods. NIR spectroscopy was applied to determine water and protein content [38]. and . A further use of NIR measurements for the evaluation of basic food constituents was suggested by Svensson et al. either intact fish/muscle or minced muscle.42]. however. In this work it was demonstrated how NIR spectroscopy could be used to assess the protein content in brine from salted herring and thus indirectly be a measure of the maturity and ripening of the salted herring.

The high price of the instrumentation. on one side. with one reading. may promote the future applicability and usefulness of the information in Figure 9. not yet become an everyday instrumental tool for food-quality control nor. however. Instrument development has come from the grand-size laboratory desktop versions to portable or handheld instruments as illustrated in Figure 9. fish-quality inspection. the ease of use of the methodology has increased through instruments facilitating little or no sample preparation as well as measurement setups for rapid and nonintrusive registration. High-cost instrumentation designed for versatile use and flexibility has probably better met the requirements of laboratory use than those of industrial application. As illustrated by the above. has been a reason for the method not gaining a broader range of applicability. Th is is a challenging task in view of the variety and the heterogeneity of the material and so may have contributed to the reluctance in investing in and developing this technology to a commercial tool for assessment of fish quality. The development in recent years in instrumentation.3.3 Prototype version of handheld spectroscopic instrument for quality assessment of fish. combining imaging techniques with the spectral information. These developments have enabled the use of at-line or online methodology. . say. This instrument was used for the determination of freshness of cod as well as the assessment of frozen storage time of hake. is considered intriguing. Another issue is the need for modeling the correlation between the spectroscopic reading and the quality parameter in question. The technique has.Basic Composition: Rapid Methodologies ◾ 127 the possibility of simultaneously monitoring a number of different issues. There may be several reasons for this.

Measurement Principles.44]. It has become a widely used technique within fields spanning microscopy to satellite remote sensing. reflection. For fruits and vegetables more articles report on determination of chemical constituents such as moisture content. the feasibility of the method for the analysis of basic composition of foods. Oslo. the spectra may be recorded in the visible and near-infrared region. However. A novel example of this is the development of the QMonitor (QVision AS. In addition to what traditional spectroscopy can facilitate. To simplify the concept.2 Analysis of Basic Constituents During the last decade several applications within food-quality inspection have been developed based on imaging spectroscopy. Between each captured frame. demonstrates the potential of the method in the seafood sector as well. This implies that this technique is a powerful tool for segmentation and classification and that it may also map the chemical composition into the spatial domain [45]. Th is means that for each spatial location it is possible to access the full spectral information. also known as multispectral imaging or hyperspectral imaging. As described in Section 9. is a new technique that has been developed during the last decade [43. In this way an image of the object is built line by line. an imaging spectrograph operates in the following way. in general. Several solutions have also been developed for detection of defects and contaminations on fruits. Typically. Imaging spectroscopy can be implemented for transmission.2. Typically. total soluble solids. 9. improved results can be obtained by combining these techniques with more traditional image processing techniques. an analytical tool for industrial quality control of clipfish and salmon fillets. and meat. It has been shown that NIR hyperspectral imaging techniques are .1 on NIR spectroscopy. As these techniques only use the spectral information. There are still relatively few reports on imaging spectroscopy applied for the analysis of fish and seafood. vegetables. Norge). and acidity (expressed as pH) [47–49]. The analytical techniques described in that section are also applied to imaging spectroscopy data. this technique also provides spatial information. this can be illustrated as simultaneously recording information about shape and color. as well as transflection measurements.1 Theory. and Analysis Imaging spectroscopy. some examples related to the agricultural sector are referred.2 Imaging Spectroscopy 9. this method is an indirect measurement technique. it uses a two-dimensional sensor.128 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis the near-infrared spectra.2. Most of them are on foods such as fruits. The realization of a commercial processing analytical tool for the simultaneous analysis of several parameters makes the technology interesting for a broad range of fish and seafood processing industries. the hyperspectral data can be preprocessed based on spatial features before applying analytical spectral techniques. 9. In order to illustrate the potential parameters to be assessed by imaging spectroscopy. and each frame captured provides full spectral information for one line across the object to be imaged. the spectrograph and the object must move relative to each other. the relative motion is accomplished by mounting the imaging spectrograph above a conveyer belt where each captured frame images a line perpendicular to the direction of motion. For instance. Depending on the applied sensor technology. or the result from these techniques can be postprocessed to utilize the spatial information [46].

The mean fat content for this fillet is 18.55].60] where several quality parameters were evaluated by imaging spectroscopy. The first article addressing analysis of fish or seafood by imaging spectroscopy was published in 2000 by Sigernes et al. there is one recent publication on assessing water content in salted dried cod by Wold et al. Further on. [35].3055% Share: 21.3%. [53].4). measuring the water content in one spot is not necessarily representative for the whole fish. and different texture features. the main activities within imaging spectroscopy and fish analysis have been focused on online solutions for assessing chemical composition and detection of quality defects in fish products. When drying fish. The parameters included were drip loss. pH.4 Fat distribution in salmon fillet measured by the multispectral imaging system QMonitor fabricated by QVision (Oslo. [61]. In this publication the importance of including spatial information is illustrated. and cadaver [54. . A thorough review of imaging spectroscopy applications within fruits and vegetables is presented by Nicolai et al. Inspection systems based on hyperspectral imaging have been tested for poultry carcass inspection focusing on classification of carcasses into normal. color. Fisk: 1 Fettfisk: 18. Norway). the moisture content of the fish varies from the thinner parts to the thicker parts of the fish. Regarding the determination of basic chemical composition of fish and seafood.Basic Composition: Rapid Methodologies ◾ 129 useful for automatic online detection of surface defects and contaminations on apples [50–52]. Norway) has also developed an industrial solution based on multispectral imaging for measuring the fat content in salmon fi llets (see Figure 9. septicemic. QVision (Oslo. Since 2000. A recent work on quality assessment of pork has been reported by Qiao et al. whereas the local fat content varies from approximately 6% up to 43%. Peeling of shrimps and detection of nematodes were mentioned as possible applications for the future. [59. imaging spectroscopy solutions for detection of contaminants such as fecal and ingesta on poultry carcasses have been studied [56–58]. The color bar to the right indicates the correspondence between color and fat content in percentage.3348 50 45 50 40 100 35 30 150 25 200 20 15 250 10 300 5 10 20 30 40 50 60 0 Figure 9. Hence.

A low-resolution (spectral and spatial) instrument is available for industrial assessment of chemical composition such as fat and water content (QMonitor. 31P-NMR and 23Na-NMR have also been used for food analyses. this is a relatively new field. imaging spectroscopy of fish has been applied to address other quality issues. if blood oxidation should be quantified spectra from blood-infested area of a fillet can easily be extracted for analysis based on imaging spectroscopy data. blood spots. For instance. since it is possible to use spectra from dedicated relevant areas on the sample. a lot of effort has been invested in the detection of nematodes.3. NMR spectroscopy may provide detailed . Hence. With respect to commercial implementation of imaging spectroscopy. 9. experience with NIR spectroscopy shows that more than one attribute can be estimated based on one recording.1 Determination of Basic Composition Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) has evolved from being an expensive and academic analytical technique into being a technique applicable for the food industry in both size and price of the equipment as well as speed of analyses. and the methods that are feasible by spot measurements may also be implemented using imaging spectroscopy. Additionally. The most commonly measured nuclei are 1H and 13C. When an external magnetic field is applied. Imaging spectroscopy is well suited for application in the fish processing industry as an online technique. but this requires that the same spot be used. Using the interaction between light and the sample object. Oslo. QVision. [63]. In addition to this a high-resolution prototype imaging spectrograph has been developed for detection of defects as well as determination of chemical constituents in fish fillets as reported by Heia et al. and currently there are a limited number of equipment suppliers.130 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis In addition to the measurement and documentation of basic composition. but during the last few years magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has also been explored for its usefulness in food analyses. With imaging spectroscopy this is not a problem since spectra are available for all spatial locations. All nuclei that contain odd numbers of protons or neutrons have an intrinsic magnetic moment and angular momentum.2 Theory and Measurement Principles NMR provides a large amount of information regarding composition and structure of components in food. Norway) in fish. black lining. measurements may be performed at high speed as well as in noncontact mode.3. The main technique used is NMR spectroscopy. Furthermore. Even more important is that for some applications imaging spectroscopy can provide better results.3 NMR Spectroscopy 9. and they are based on the magnetic properties of atomic nuclei. For NIR spectroscopy several applications within fish and seafood are reported. NMR active nuclei absorb at a frequency characteristic of the isotope. and skin remnants in whitefish fillets [62–64]. The energy absorptions of the atomic nuclei are also affected by the nuclei of neighboring atoms within the same molecule as well as nuclei in surrounding molecules. but looking at reported applications within other areas the potential for new applications is high. NMR techniques use electromagnetic radiation and magnetic fields to obtain chemical information. Still the number of imaging spectroscopy applications with fish and seafood is low. 9. For detection of flaws or defects in fish.

Tyl et al. [73] used HR-1H. degree of saturated/ unsaturated fatty acids. water distribution. [79] and Masoum et al. Low-field (LF) NMR spectroscopy requires little or no sample preparation. and they may provide different information regarding the food properties. in a study focusing on both 23Na-NMR and low-field 1H-NMR spectroscopy. 9. and there are numerous reports available. Standal et al.and 13C-NMR have been applied to measure the lipid or water content of many different foods including fish. [75] and Arvanitoyannis et al. cod [66]. [80] used this technique to determine the origin of Atlantic salmon. and mobility in herring [67] and oil and water content of salmon and cod [68]. LF-1H-NMR has been used for studying water distribution in smoked salmon [65]. Rheinstetten. betaine. [70] demonstrated that NMR-MOUSE could also be used for in vivo determination of fat content in Atlantic salmon. A new type of LF-NMR instrument.1H-NMR seems to correlate to fillet pH and water-holding capacity [71]. Aursand et al. but the technique has been applied in the recent years for determination of both fat and water content in different food products and also seafood. HR-NMR has been used in many studies and has the advantage over LR-NMR that it is possible to obtain detailed information regarding the molecular structure. whereas Siddiqui et al. and studies of lipid degradation processes in lipid mixtures such as fish oils.3 Analysis of Basic Constituents For several years 1H. anserine. including NMR. As recent examples. Falch et al. used for seafood authenticity have been provided by Martinez et al. different NMR equipments are available. Due to the provision of very detailed information regarding the molecular structure of a food sample. [72] used HR-NMR to measure the content of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in four types of unoxidized fish oils. [74] reported the use of HR-NMR to determine oxidation products in marine lipids. Among more recent work. the Bruker Professional MOUSE ® (Bruker Optik GmbH. [69] demonstrated that this equipment could be applied to determine fat in homogenates from salmon. Numerous applications of NMR in food analyses have been reported in the literature. and it has mainly been used for analyses of water in food samples. Today. Additionally. low-resolution NMR (LR-NMR) and high-resolution NMR (HR-NMR) spectroscopy as well as MRI and NMR-mobile universal surface explores (NMR-MOUSE) have been used. Studies of large objects like whole fish are impossible using most traditional LF-NMR instruments. fatty acid composition. Martinez et al. high-resolution NMR has been applied in many food authenticity studies. whereas LF. and some examples of analyses of seafood are given here. whereas Veliyulin et al. whereas Thomas et al. Extensive reviews on different techniques.Basic Composition: Rapid Methodologies ◾ 131 information regarding the molecular structure of a food sample. trimethylamine oxide. it was shown that 23Na-NMR has proven useful for quantitative salt determinations in salted cod. creatine. [81] showed that it was possible to identify taurine.and HR-13C-NMR for multicomponent analyses of encapsulated marine oil supplements. [77] used NMR to discriminate cod liver oil according to whether the origin was wild/ farmed as well as geographic origin. [78] demonstrated the use of NMR lipid profiling for classification of gilthead sea bream according to geographic origin. 1H NMR spectroscopy has been explored to identify the fate of some bioactive compounds during processing of seafood. Additionally.3. High-resolution NMR can be used to provide information on lipid classes. [76]. and dimethylamine in extracts . For analyses of seafood products. Rezzi et al. Germany) has been developed to handle such samples. For example.

lactate. There are two interactions. Further on the CT scans gave significant information about dry matter distribution from head to tail of the cod. and their relative contributions are energy dependent [83]. This is also an x-ray imaging system. a two-dimensional cross section of the sample can be made.1 Theory and Measurement Principles X-ray imaging is a technique based on the emission of x-rays through a sample and recording the amount of attenuation. Within the field of medicine.132 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis from processed cod. and the attenuation will also be influenced by the sample thickness. NMR is a versatile tool for the identification and quantification of numerous compounds in fish related to nutritional quality. A study has been conducted on the applicability of CT scanning as a nondestructive and rapid way of measuring muscle dry matter content and liquid leakage in cod fillets [84]. The results obtained showed that CT scanning could be used as a rapid method for the assessment of these attributes and would add valuable information to be used in genetic studies and breeding programs. low-resolution NMR spectrometers have been developed and commercialized. the high spectral resolution is not always required. one layer for each energy level. Th is is a powerful imaging technique that can be used both as a single-energy and a dual-energy module. [85] tested CT scanning as a tool for estimating the relative size of fat deposits and lean tissue and fat content in Atlantic halibut. [82] showed that it was possible to identify single chemical compounds such as hypoxanthine. 9. Based on the results obtained the . As illustrated here. Making profiles from different angles and then combining them by software. and lately many low-field. however. Such equipment is cheaper. more specific information about the sample can be revealed. 9. has been that conventional NMR is an expensive technique. An objection to the method.4. the photoelectric effect and the Compton scattering that causes the x-ray attenuation. In another study Kolstad et al. By using two x-ray energy levels. computed tomographic (CT) scanning is widely used. A more dense material will absorb more x-ray energy.4. Gribbestad et al. and less sensitive to fluctuations in the environment and thus more applicable in industry as well as in many research fields. anserine.2 Analysis X-ray imaging provides spatial information in two dimensions (2D) or three dimensions (3D) (CT). However. previously DEXA) and may be implemented using a two-layer detector. Then the third dimension is accomplished by the sample movement. smaller. Typical applications within fish and fish products are related to the detection of bones and bone fragments as well as chemical composition and localization. but it provides a three-dimensional image of the sample. The decrease in x-ray intensity inside a sample will be due to absorption by different materials. It is not possible to accurately characterize the observed sample by applying only one x-ray energy level. For online applications this can be implemented as a line-by-line imaging or a frame-by-frame imaging. This technique is referred to as dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA. This is achieved by rotating the x-ray/detector unit around the sample. and some fatty acids in extracts and muscle from salmon using high-resolution 1H NMR spectroscopy.4 X-Ray Imaging 9. amino acids.

authors recommended CT scanning as an online technique for carcass evaluation. [86] showing good results predicting fat content of common carp based on CT scanning.5 for an example). Iceland). instrumental means capable of objective and rapid determination of basic composition are also available. To the left is the original x-ray image of one cod fillet and to the right is the processed image where only the bones identified in the fillet are shown. Marel developed an X-ray-based bone detection unit (SensorX) that was commercially available on the market in 2003 [87]. With respect to bone detection in fish fillets there are commercial solutions available today (Marel Hf.5 Summary The methods and applications presented in the above clearly illustrate that there are more tools and techniques that could serve as an easy and useful way of rapid quality determination of fish and seafood.5 Detection of pin bones in fish fillets by x-ray imaging using the SensorX instrumentation (Marel. A similar work has been carried out by Hancz et al. 9.Basic Composition: Rapid Methodologies ◾ 133 Figure 9. Throughout development all presented techniques have met the requirements . Iceland).3 mm when operating at industrial speed (see Figure 9. This instrument can detect bones and bone fragments down to a diameter of 0.

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.. and María-Angeles Lluch Contents 10................................................................. fats............2.............. Several strategies can be used to study food microstructure.2.....1 Main Microscopy Techniques for Studying Seafood ........................................................... 151 10... The organization of the chemical components of foods (proteins........... carbohydrates.........................3 Processed Fish Microstructure ... Empar Llorca.....................................................................3..........140 10............................146 10......................................................Chapter 10 Microstructure Isabel Hernando.................. 149 10......................................................3 Surimi ............................................................................................ 148 10............ This chapter 139 ...................................................3............ (2008) gave an overview of the most important techniques for studying muscle food structure.. etc..... 151 References .............4 Squid Microstructure ........................................................................................................... Pérez-Munuera et al......................................1 Smoked Salmon........ so any chemical or enzymatic change that takes place in the chemical components has an effect on the microstructural organization of the food matrices and their functionality......................145 10.....2 Fish Muscle Microstructure...............................1 Main Microscopy Techniques for Studying Seafood The microstructure of foods forms a link between the molecular and macroscopic levels and constitutes a key factor for studying the properties of foods and for improving and optimizing food processes.........................150 10....2 Hake .....................3..........) is responsible for their microstructure........1 Herring ............................. Ana Puig..............148 10.......................................2 Salted Cod..139 10.................................

and coating with a conducting metal for SEM imaging or with carbon for x-ray.2 Fish Muscle Microstructure Fish muscle consists of myotomes. they are mounted in glass slides and stained with different dyes (toluidine blue. Many of the endomysia are connected to the perymisium. coated.. the samples need to be prepared first. so there is no need to section it.2) are primary fi xation with aldehydes such as glutaraldehyde. In both methods. Electron microscopy (EM) allows food structures to be studied at higher magnifications than those used in LM. 10. image analysis relies heavily on computer technology to obtain quantitative results from microscopy observation. The steps in preparing samples for TEM observation (Figure 10. In this way. which is contiguous to the myocommata (Ofstad et al. The sections are obtained using a microtome after embedding the food in paraffin or resin or using a cryotome after freezing the sample with CO2 or liquid N2. In Cryo-SEM. polarizing microscopy. backscattered electrons. Besides the secondary electrons.0 mm in diameter.3). the sample has to be prepared in semithin sections of about 0. the sample is frozen in liquid nitrogen and then freeze-dried before being coated and observed. cutting ultrathin sections (5–100 nm) in an ultramicrotome. etched. light green. and so on.140 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis provides a detailed description of the protocols often followed to obtain information about seafood microstructure. There are two ways of preparing samples for SEM: chemical fi xation and physical fi xation (Figure 10. The light microscope (LM) is a very versatile tool that works in different applications such as bright field. Once the semithin sections are obtained. Finally. The muscle cells are short and 0.) before examination in the LM. critical point drying. 2008). secondary fi xation with osmium tetroxide. The most useful application for studying seafood structure is bright field microscopy. the sample is frozen in slush nitrogen (Figure 10. They are each surrounded by the sarcolemma membrane and by a thin layer of connective tissue (endomysium).1–2 mm (Figure 10. When physical fixation is used. At each subdivision there are macroscopic collagenous dividing lines (myocommata). these different signals can be captured by the appropriate detector in each case. 2006). so microanalysis can be carried out by means of x-ray. may be generated as a result of the electron beam striking the specimen (Pérez-Munuera et al.5). etc. In the former. and staining the ultrathin sections with heavy metal solutions such as lead citrate or uranyl acetate. sudan. infiltration and embedding in resin. as for TEM). For this. other emanations or signals such as x-rays. ions or molecules can be identified and quantified in situ using specific detectors coupled to the electron microscope.4) and quickly transferred under vacuum to a cold stage fit on a microscope where the frozen sample is fractured. iodine.1). dehydration in a series of ethanol dilutions of increasing concentration.02–1. in this way. showing alternate arrangements of . The fibers are essentially the same as those of terrestrial animals in terms of the arrangement of the thick and thin filaments. They are arranged in concentric circles forming subdivisions of striated muscle (Figure 10. phase contrast or differential interference contrast (Nomarski). dehydration in a series of ethanol dilutions of increasing concentration. The SEM method observes the surface of the sample. or fluorescence microscopy.. In recent years considerable progress has been made in the field of SEM through vitrification techniques. the sample preparation steps are chemical fi xation (with aldehydes and osmium tetroxide. and observed. Two types of microscopes use electron beams as their source of illumination: transmission electron microscopes (TEM) and scanning electron microscopes (SEM). red oil. the sample can be observed with all its constituent water.

LM observation Figure 10. . 1% red oil. liquid N2) Preparation for slicing Cold knife CO2 Knife Slice Semithin sections (0.11–2 μm) Cold stub Microtome Cryotome Mounting in glass slides Staining specimen 1% Toluidine blue 1% Lugol.Microstructure ◾ 141 Food Specimen portions Embedding in paraffin or resin Freezing (CO2. ..1 Preparation of samples for LM observation..

5% Glutaraldehyde 2% Os O4 Dehydration Ethanol (30%.2 Preparation of samples for TEM observation. 50%.142 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Food Specimen portions Fixation 2. 100%) Infiltration and embedding in resine Epoxi resin. 70%. 90%. LR white Cured resin Glass or diamond knife Ultrathin sectioning (5–100 nm) Ultramicrotome Specimen block Trimmed block Tweezers Specimen block face Grid Knife 4% Lead citrate 2% Uranyl acetate Section collection Ultrathin section staining TEM observation Figure 10. . Araldite Spurr’s.

5% Glutaraldehyde 2% Os O4 Ethanol (30. 100%) Sublimated H2O P T Dehydration (To vaccum) Freeze dryer CO2 Critical point dryer (To transformer) (To pumps) Sputter metal coater (or evaporation coater) Coating (Au. Pd.Microstructure ◾ 143 Food Specimen portions Fixation Physical fixation Chemical fixation Quick freezing in liquid N2 2.3 Preparation of samples for SEM observation. . for X-ray) SEM observation Figure 10. 70. for SEM imaging) (C. 90. 50.

) (into Cryo-SEM) (–130°C.144 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Food Specimen portions Quick freezing in slush N2 (T < –210°C) Freezing Specimen transfer Transfer to Cryo-SEM Knife Specimen fracturing (into Cryo-SEM) Specimen fracturing (–180°C. vaccuum) Au deposition Coating (Au.. . vaccuum) Cryo-SEM observation Figure 10.4 Preparation of samples for Cryo-SEM observation. C. . vaccuum) Etched H2O Etching (into Cryo-SEM) Specimen fracturing (–90°C..

In a cross section of the sample fi xed in osmium tetroxide (Figure 10. Figure 10. The longitudinal section in Figure 10. At low magnification. the perymisial connective tissue that surrounds the muscle bundles can be seen. the fat can be observed covering the fibers in a longitudinal section of herring muscle (Figure 10.6A shows a cross section of herring tissue fi xed with glutaraldehyde and observed by SEM. 2008).7B. where the Z disks can be distinguished. with the endomysial connective tissue keeping the muscle fibers firmly attached to one another. it is possible to observe ultrastructural details.6B).Microstructure ◾ 145 a b Figure 10.5 Schematic representation of fish muscle with myotomes. The myofibrils are shown in longitudinal section in this sample (Figure 10. Fixing in osmium tetroxide shows the distribution of fat in the herring tissue. 10. When ultrathin sections of herring muscle tissue are studied by TEM.6E). reveals the myofibrils inside each cell. The typical fish muscle fibers can be seen. Figure 10. the myofibrils at the cell edges have a less rounded section than the central myofibrils and are arranged like a palisade. surrounded by the sarcolemma and by the endomysial connective tissue. The separation that can be observed between the muscle cells is usually attributed to the effect produced by chemical fixation and dehydration during preparation for SEM. b: myocommata.6C). A micrograph cross section of the fibers shows them surrounded by the sarcolemma. where the fat is viewed as globules on the surface of the fiber.6F. a: myotome. which is mainly composed of collagen. The myofibrils are . The fiber is composed of myofibrils in which Z disks are distinguished in the areas where the sarcolemma is broken.7A shows a herring sample stained with toluidine blue and observed by LM. fat globules of different sizes are observed occupying the interfibrillar spaces and myofibrils are distinguished inside the cells.. A and I bands (Pérez-Munuera et al.6D shows the microstructure of herring tissue at a higher magnification. When the muscle fibers are observed using the Cryo-SEM technique. but the total collagen content is lower.2.1 Herring Figure 10. the aggregation of solutes produced during the etching of the sample generates the typical eutectic artifact observed in Figure 10. Figure 10. Examples of different fresh fish tissues observed by several techniques are described here. obtained by the same technique but observed at a higher magnification. 1990). since the water in which the fish live lends support for the body (Lampila. The layouts of the Z disks that mark the length of the sarcomere are visible.7C shows the inside of a muscle fiber with the myofibrils perfectly bundled.

2 Hake The observation of hake muscle by SEM after fi xing with glutaraldehyde allows distinguishing that the fibers of hake muscle tissue are very similar to those of herrings. (2005) after depleting the thick and thin filaments with a potassium iodide treatment. Z disk.146 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Z (A) 300 μm (B) 6 μm I (C) f 40 μm f (D) a 10 μm f (E) 60 μm (F) c 30 μm Figure 10. Z. the A and I bands. (A–E) SEM. Hake fibers surrounded by connective tissue can be observed in Figure 10. The cytoskeletal ultrastructure of hake was studied by Pagano et al.9). continuous.. TEM and SEM studies demonstrated an extensive network of filaments connecting Z structures that were regularly spaced and connected by sets of longitudinal. 10. f. connected to each other at the Z disk level by the costameres. along with the M and Z lines. The same structure has also been observed in different meat products. The main difference is their size: hake fibers are thicker than herring ones. a. fat globule. which are the components of the cytoskeletal network that links the myofibrils to one another and to the sarcolemma.8.2. The TEM technique allows images to be obtained at higher magnification and with better resolution than other microscopy techniques (Figure 10.6 Herring tissue.7D). c. can be seen. eutectic artifact. for example. and roughly parallel filaments (Figure 10. 2007). . (F) Cryo-SEM. The structural elements that constitute the sarcomere. connective tissue. pork meat (raw ham) (Larrea et al.

costameres. I. Z. perymisial connective tissue. m. I band.7 Herring tissue. M. (A and B) LM. A band.Microstructure ◾ 147 p m m 30 μm (A) c M 10 μm (B) m m A Z (C) (D) Figure 10. myofibrils in a “palisade” ringing the edge. Z disks. 100 μm Figure 10.8 Hake tissue observed by SEM. c. M line. (C and D) TEM. A. P. .

The micrograph shows geometrically shaped fibers surrounded by a connective tissue. (Reprinted from Pagano. M. Figure 10. et al. Z-disk.10 Smoked salmon. longitudinal filament connecting Z-Z. The fiber shrinkage and the space between the fibers both increased to a greater extent in the muscle from the salmon that were frozen before smoking than in muscle smoked from fresh salmon. .) 10. Physiol. (A and B) Cryo-SEM.. 141.000 X Figure 10. B.9 Cytoskeletal structure of hake observed by TEM. With permission. Biochem. (2000) used LM to observe the changes that occurred in the salmon during the smoking process and quantified them by image analysis. Com. The data of the average cross-sectional area of muscle fibers showed that the smoking process produces shrinkage of the fibers.10A. the higher the smoking temperature. the greater the shrinkage. 13.R. Z. Sigurgisladottir et al. LZ.148 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Z LZ IZ DZ 8.3 Processed Fish Microstructure 10. Gudmundsson and (A) 100 μm (B) 10 μm Figure 10.10B shows a detail of an intercellular space created by the conjunction of three fibers or cells.1 Smoked Salmon A cross section of a smoked salmon sample obtained using the Cryo-SEM technique is seen in Figure 10. 2005.3.

. 10.11A shows a longitudinal section of salted cod.11B shows a cross section of salted cod tissue (A) 100 μm (B) 300 μm Figure 10. A combination of PEF and high pressure had a more detrimental effect on smoked salmon microstructure than PEF treatment alone.11 Salted cod. Figure 10.3. Figure 10. (A) longitudinal section.2 Salted Cod The presence of salt deposits in the cod tissue can be observed by SEM (Figure 10.12 Seafood stick (surimi) observed by SEM.11A) in samples that have been obtained using physical fi xing (freeze-drying) instead of chemical fi xing. and gaps were formed in the tissue structure. (B) Cryo-SEM. where two fibers can be observed completely covered by salt deposits. (A) SEM. these treatments decreased the cell size compared with fresh salmon. (A) (B) (C) Figure 10. and (C) protein network.Microstructure ◾ 149 Hafsteinsson (2001) studied the effect of pulsed electric fields (PEF) and a combination of PEF and high pressure on smoked salmon microstructure. (B) cross section.

12A. 10. shows a longitudinal section of a crab stick where the “artificial fibers” can be observed. PA.. Inc. after adding different additives.12B) shows the typical concentric layers of this type of surimi product.” Lean fish meat is minced to a paste. The Chemical and Functional Properties of Food Proteins. Lancaster.) .150 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis observed by Cryo-SEM. Figure 10. Technomic Publishing Co.3. The cross section (Figure 10.A.12C) is responsible for the water-holding capacity and functional properOuter lining Outer tunic Muscle tunic Inner tunic Visceral lining Radial fibers Circumferential fibers (A) Radial fibers Circumferential fibers (B) Figure 10. With permission. 2001. The formation of a new network with the myofibrillar protein (Figure 10. where the presence of salt makes the etching of the sample for observation difficult and masks the underlying structures. (From Lluch. et al.3 Surimi One of the most common surimi products on the market is artificial crab muscle. M.. the paste is shaped and an “artificial fish muscle” is obtained.13 Schematic representation of (A) squid mantle and (B) arrangement of muscle cells. obtained by SEM. Such a product is often sold as “crab sticks” or “seafood sticks..

approximately 3. When TEM is used to study the ultrastructure of fresh squid (Figure 10. (A and B) SEM. 12. a central sarcoplasm is shown to be surrounded by myofibrils. 2001. LM makes it possible to distinguish a peripheral area in blue and a central core in white inside each cell. the intermyofibrillar spaces between these can be observed. (C) LM. 1990. Lampila.. respectively. E. 225. 1990).13).. The fibers arranged in circumferential and radial bands were observed by SEM in samples fi xed with glutaraldehyde (Figure 10.. With permission. Regardless of their orientation.. Circumferential muscle bands (100–200 mm) comprise fibers running about the entire circumference of the mantle cone. m.14D). Th is gel network structure gives surimi its characteristic elasticity and texture (Sikorski.75 μ m s (C) (D) l Figure 10. Food Res. References Gudmundsson.. Comparative microstructure of red meat. Effect of electric field pulses on microstructure of muscle foods and roes.Microstructure ◾ 151 –200 μm –10 μm (A) 10 μ (B) 3. sarcolemma. and (D) TEM. 122–128. 2001). This fiber distribution can also be observed by LM in samples stained with toluidine blue (Figure 10. 807.14C).E.. and Hafsteinsson. 2001).14 Squid.) ties of surimi. all the muscle fibers are thin.. Trends Food Sci. 2007).5 mm in diameter (Lluch et al. L. Eur. H.14A and B) (Llorca et al. 247–267. 10. Muscle Foods. Muscle fibers are grouped in bands that are arranged orthogonally. Tech. M. The inner and outer tunics are covered by a visceral lining and outer lining. . 1.. Technol. s. central sarcoplasm. et al. poultry and fish muscle. myofibril. Radial bands (10–15 mm thick) comprise fibers that connect two tunics of connective tissue. 2007. l. (From Llorca. Each fiber is surrounded by a sarcolemma (Llorca et al.4 Squid Microstructure The squid mantle is composed of muscle tissue sandwiched between two tunics of connective tissue (Figure 10. J.

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.......................................3.1 Introduction .......1............................................................158 11.........................1 Sensors Based on Conductance Changes ............. The relationship between chemistry and food properties is particularly interesting in the case of fish and seafood in general.....157 11.................................4 Electronic Noses ......1 Metal-Oxide Semiconductors .................5 Color Indicators ......................................................4 Field-Effect Transistors ...............154 11......153 11...................3........................................................................................................157 11......................................................................................158 11....................................................................................3..................6 Conclusions .........................................................................................................................................3 Mass Transducers .....................2 Sensor Parameters.................3 Chemical Sensor Technologies .....159 11....160 11............... is one of the most used method to assess freshness by both consumers and industries [2]..................160 11........................3.............. for which the human perception of airborne chemicals........3.............3...............Chapter 11 Chemical Sensors Corrado Di Natale Contents 11.....2 Amperometric Gas Sensors ..........165 11.....3.............................................................. called odor......................................................................... some are of great importance to define overall properties such as freshness or quality [1]..............164 References ...1 Introduction Among the thousands of molecules composing food complex mixtures..........157 11.......................................................159 11............................................................1..........................................5 The Application of Electronic Noses for Fish Freshness and Quality Measurement ....158 11......................... For these reasons the knowledge of the chemical 153 ........................2 Conducting Polymers and Molecular Aggregates .....

The optimal matching between a sensitive layer and transducer is fundamental to achieving a well-performing sensor.2 Sensor Parameters A sensor is an electronic device whose parameters depend on some external quantity of whatever nature [4]. in order to be reliable. there are many possibilities of assembling a chemical sensor. or optical absorbance are among those that can be transduced into an electric signal by suitable transducers. The first is a chemically interactive material. in the sense that the interaction of human senses with complex mixtures provides a global perception rather than a list of compounds. As an example. and the more utilized are adsorption and reaction phenomena. and it resulted in a class of chemical analyzers that have the advantage of interacting directly with samples and of providing signals bearing the notion of the chemical composition of a sample being a liquid or gas. as a consequence. Analytical chemistry is naturally based on “separation” approaches: namely. a complex structure is necessary. it develops methods to decompose complex mixtures (foods contains thousands of different molecules) in order to target either a single molecular species or a molecular family. mass. A sort of combination of natural and analytical approaches has been pursued since decades. can modify the physical properties of the sensing layer. The interaction with a target molecule (hereafter called analyte) and a solid-state layer is a chemical event that. 11. In practice. These transducers are the second component of a chemical sensor. The device is composed of two parts. In the same way there are devices that from the electronic point of view are resistors. Global perceptions may be enough in many cases to detect freshness or edibility. Differently from analytical instrumentations. Figure 11. These analyzers are chemical sensors. or even field effect transistors. In the rest of this chapter an overview of the technologies related to these devices is provided together with examples of their use for fish freshness and quality determination. natural senses are not analytical. and they are sometimes called “basic devices. in order to achieve chemical sensors.” The matching between sensitive material and transducer is not univocal: a single sensitive material can be coupled with many different transducers and vice versa.154 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis profile of food is considered of great value. and the development of rapid and reliable chemical analyzers has been pursued since decades. Electronic properties of materials may hardly be directly influenced by the ambiental chemistry. whose electrical parameters may depend on the chemical composition of the environment in which they are in contact. capacitors. do not require any sample treatment. . Chemical analysis of foodstuff is a large part of the analytical chemistry discipline. and ultimately they are of paramount importance to determine the acceptance of foodstuff [3]. On the other hand. namely a solid-state layer of molecules that can interact with the molecules in the environment. These interactions can be of different nature. work function. and a number of methods and protocols for different food are available. according to this definition there are resistors whose resistance is a function of external temperature (thermistors) or diodes whose current–voltage relationship is strongly altered once they are illuminated by light (photodiodes). Properties such as conductivity. it is known that Nature provides living beings chemical senses that.1 shows what can be considered as the general structure of a chemical sensor. These methods require in some cases complex sample treatments and instrumentation such as gas chromatography or spectrophotometers.

The relationship between the signal and the chemical concentration can be represented by an analytical function that embodies the sensor operation.1 Schematic representation of a generic chemical sensor. once properly connected in an electric circuit.Chemical Sensors ◾ 155 Environment Quantity to be measured (concentration) Chemically interactive material ΔT Δm Δσ Δn ΔΦ Intermediate quantity Basic device Δi Δv Δf ΔΦ Electrical or optical signal Figure 11. One of these quantities is sensitivity. These quantities can be the temperature (DT). For each. As a consequence of the interaction. and many others. it is important to introduce the fundamental parameters that allow a correct interpretation of the performance of any sensor. This estimation is straightforward if the response function is linear. it is the first derivative of the response function S= dV df (C ) = dC dC . Analytically. there are a number of devices that. The sensitivity expresses the capability of a sensor to modify its signal as a consequence of a change in concentration. Besides response function. Before illustrating the technological basis of chemical sensors. refraction index (Dn). V = f (C ) where V is a generic signal C is the analyte concentration The knowledge of the response function is necessary to estimate from the sensor signal the amount of concentration. of these quantities. The fundamental action of a chemical sensor is the conversion of the information about the concentration of a chemical species into an electric signal. electric conductance (Ds). These parameters are sensitivity. resolution. and in more general cases. and selectivity. or work function (DF). Targeted molecules interact with a chemically interactive material. provide an electrical signal that is a function of the quantity of interactions occurring at the interface between the sensor and the environment. one or more physical properties of the interactive material change. other important quantities are necessary to be known to appreciate sensor performances [5]. mass (Dm). the estimation may require the solution of a nonlinear equation.

In Figure 11. Lack of selectivity means that the sensor responds with comparable intensity to different species. With these conditions. In all the other cases. The knowledge of the signal V is affected by an error and this error is propagated in an error on the estimation of the concentration. For chemical sensors. it is necessary to evaluate the influence of measurement errors. Selectivity defines the capability of a sensor to be sensitive only to one quantity rejecting all the others.2b the corresponding sensitivity is shown. A sensor containing such a sensing material and a basic transducer simply providing a signal proportional to the number of adsorbed molecules is represented by the response curve shown in Figure 11. and their importance holds for any kind of sensor. For chemical sensors. It is worth mentioning that in case of electrical signals. the number of quantities is limited to a dozen.156 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Only in case of a linear response function. and it tends gradually to zero as the sensor response reaches saturation.2a. Let us consider the generic case of a chemical sensor based on a sensitive material characterized by a limited number of adsorption sites.2 Typical response curve (left) and sensitivity (right) of a generic chemical sensor based on adsorption of target molecules in a sensing layer characterized by a limited amount of adsorption sites. and with such a sensor. Simple mathematical considerations lead to the conclusion that given an error ΔVerr affecting the signal V. the error ΔC on the estimated concentration is given by the following relationship: ΔC = ΔVerr S The error in concentration is then inversely proportional to the sensitivity. In order to fully appreciate the importance of sensitivity. the sensitivity is a constant quantity. the error ΔV is limited by the electronic noise that determines the ultimate uncertainty of any electric signal. the selectivity of a chemical sensor can be obtained only in very limited conditions. . it is a function of the concentration. The response curve is almost linear at low concentration and tends to saturation corresponding to the complete occupation of available adsorption sites. it is not possible to deduce Saturation Nonlinear region Sensitivity Concentration Signal Linear region Concentration Figure 11. The amount of adsorbed molecules as a function of the concentration is ruled by the Langmuir isotherm [6]. The previously mentioned quantities are totally general. an additional parameter of great importance is selectivity. it is important to consider that the number of chemical compounds is in millions and that the structural differences among them may be extremely subtle. and the selectivity can be achieved in many practical applications. In the case of physical sensors. The sensitivity is larger at low concentrations.

Metal-oxide semiconductor sensors can be prepared in many different ways.1 Metal-Oxide Semiconductors Changes in conductance become appreciable in materials characterized by a limited number of mobile charge carriers. and as a consequence. the most known and studied of which is SnO2 [7]: a wide band gap n-type semiconductor. The sensitivity can be further modified adding ultrathin amounts of noble catalytic metal atoms on the surface. the general advice is to produce a nanocrystalline material in such a way that the modulation of the surface conductance band population becomes dominant in the whole sensor.12].Chemical Sensors ◾ 157 any reliable information about the chemical composition of the measured sample. the sensitivity to trimethylamine and dimethylamine of aluminum-doped ZnO films was demonstrated [10] as well as the sensitivity to trimethylamine of SnO2 and CuO [11. have not yet resulted in practical improvements of performances.3 Chemical Sensor Technologies In this section the basic principles of the most popular categories of chemical sensors are illustrated. an electrically actuated heater is integrated in the device.1 Sensors Based on Conductance Changes 11. . and then the amount of oxygen molecules that can be adsorbed at the surface is also limited. dissociative adsorption sites of molecular oxygen are active on the oxide surface. and a lowering of the potential barrier. Since the material is a semiconductor. although interesting. and the sensitivity of these devices is extended to many different kinds of volatile compounds [8]. in any case. For instance. Selectivity will be reconsidered in Section 11. The exposure to any molecule interacting on the sensor surface with adsorbed oxygen atoms may result in a release of electrons back to the conductance band. Paradigmatic. is the case of carbon monoxide. 11. a reduction of the surface conductance band depletion. in this regard. which reacts with the bounded oxygen to form carbon dioxide. Recently. The consequence of the exposure to oxygen is a reduction of the surface conductance. The most popular materials undergoing a conductance change on interaction with gases are metaloxide semiconductors. 11.1. and a surface potential barrier is formed. the number of conductance electrons is limited.3. This is only one of the many interactions taking place on the surface of metal oxides. Metal oxide semiconductor chemoresistors have been used several times in fish freshness applications.4. The main sensitivity mechanism is related to the role played by oxygen. Sensors are here classified according to the physical intermediate quantity. It is important to remark that this kind of sensors needs to be operated at high temperature. In practical. metal oxide growth in regular shapes such as nanosized belts [9] has shown peculiar properties. A charge transfer occurs between the material and the adsorbed oxygen atom with the consequence that the conductance band in proximity of the surface becomes depleted.3. At sufficiently high temperature (above 200°C). The characteristics of these structures. These are oxides of transition metals. semiconductors are subjected to large changes of conductance also in the presence of a modest variation in the number of conductance electrons or holes. releasing an electron back to the conductance band. providing the maximum sensitivity. The amount of depletion and the barrier height are proportional to the number of adsorbed molecules.

the measurement of these mass shifts can allow the evaluation of the amount of adsorbed molecules. the electric resonance is characterized by a very large quality factor (Q). and a sensor for SO2 can detect volatile sulfides.2 Conducting Polymers and Molecular Aggregates The conductance properties of organic materials based either on polymers or on molecular aggregates have been studied since several years. A typical QMB has a limit of detection around 1 ng. Although designed for polluting gases.1. With respect to metal oxides these sensors have two important advantages: they are operated at room temperature and. most important. conducting polymers sensors can be prepared for different applications. If the quartz is connected to an oscillator circuit. 11. In spite of the claimed properties. aldehydes. As an example. For instance. Chemical sensors based on conducting polymers may be considered as a lateral result of these studies. These are thin slabs of AT cut quartz oscillating at a frequency between 5 and 50 MHz approximately [17]. Piezoelectric effect can also be exploited in other configurations such as those based on surface acoustic waves. The frequency of the mechanical oscillation decreases almost linearly with the mass gravitating onto the quartz surface.3. the electric frequency decreases linearly with the mass. these sensors were properly used to detect fish freshness [16].3. This property is largely exploited in electronics to build stable oscillators as clock references. Since crystal resonance is extremely efficient. the possibility of using these sensors to measure fish freshness was demonstrated with metalloporphyrin coating [18]. The same effect is exploited for chemical sensing adopting particularly shaped crystals such as in quartz microbalances (QMB). The measurement of small mass changes is made possible by piezoelectric resonators. and esters. Due these cross-selectivities. Due to the piezoelectric effect. QMB coated by sensitive layers was used for many applications.3.3 Mass Transducers The adsorption of molecules into a sorbent layer produces a change of mass. sensors designed for CO are found to be sensitive toward alcohols.2 Amperometric Gas Sensors Electrolytic cells based on either solid-state or liquid-ionic conductors are used to detect several kinds of gases. The main mechanism is the catalytic reaction occurring on the surface of a noble metal electrode. a sensor for ammonia can detect amines. and their conductance can change after exposure to volatile compounds. with broader scopes related to the possibility of developing a novel sort of electronics based on carbon chemistry [13]. One of the drawbacks of these sensors is the instability mainly due to the degradation of doping radicals that are added to increase the conductance. A piezoelectric resonator is a piece of piezoelectric crystal properly cut along a well-specified crystalline axis. and food freshness is among them [15]. their chemical sensitivity can be changed at synthesis level modifying the chemical structure of the monomer [14]. the mechanical resonance of the crystal is coupled with an electric resonance. Thanks to this versatility. More sophisticated mass transducers were proposed by using resonant cantilevers similar to those adopted in atomic force microscopy [19]. aggregates of polypyrrole or polythiophene have a semiconducting character. 11. these sensors were never demonstrated in practical applications. an amount that is sufficient in many practical applications. these sensors demonstrated a good sensitivity for compounds relevant for fish freshness. Indeed.158 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 11. .

and screens. The principle was adequately exploited with a palladium gate FET exposed to hydrogen gas [20]. This basic structure was successively modified changing the gate metal and thickness to extend the range of measured gases. organic molecular layers.Chemical Sensors ◾ 159 11. In particular. The feasibility of this approach has been demonstrated using as sensitive layer a film of a sodium salt (bromocresol green) [25]. cameras. allowing a simultaneous evaluation of absorbance and fluorescence of samples. was also obtained [21]. the colorimetric detection of fish freshness recently received a novel interest. The first demonstration in this direction was given by Suslick and colleagues when they showed that a digital scanner has enough sensitivity to detect the color changes in chemical dyes due to the adsorption of volatile compounds [27]. and cellular phones all endowed with color screen. in the last decade we have seen rapid growth in performance in fields such as consumer electronics. Nonetheless. Nonetheless. known as computer screen photo assisted technique (CSPT). as a sensing part. where they form an ordered dipoles layer. Compared with the use of digital scanners. Chemical sensing based on optical sensitive layers is a captivating strategy due to the strong influence of target chemicals on the absorption and fluorescence spectra of chosen indicators [26]. This salt exhibits a rather large change in color. Lundström and Filippini proved that it is possible to assemble a sort of spectrophotometer using the computer screen monitor as a programmable source and a web camera as detector [29]. the importance of amines as spoilage markers leads to consider their reducing role and then the possibility to detect them with functional layers sensitive to pH changes. Furthermore. furthermore. Indeed. whose characteristics largely fit the requirements necessary to capture change in optical properties of sensitive layers in many practical applications. This last technique. . combining wavelengths in the optical range.4 Field-Effect Transistors Most of the properties of field-effect transistors (FET) depend on the difference between the work function of electrons in the metal gate and in the semiconductor. giving rise to a number of low-cost advanced optical equipments such as digital scanners. and. H2 molecules dissociate into atomic hydrogen at the palladium surface. such as metalloporphyrins [22]. This difference can be modulated by a layer of electric dipoles that can reach the metal–oxide interface.3. FET structures were also modified to accommodate. On the other hand. PDAs. an important gas for fish freshness and quality. the current flowing in the FET changes revealing the chemical interaction. although under constant bias. also appreciable by eye. As a result. and hydrogen atoms can diffuse through the palladium film until they reach the oxide surface.5 Color Indicators Although known for several years [24]. 11. The method demonstrated also the possibility to identify a number of different amines [28]. standard optical instrumentations are usually expensive. the use of pH indicators is limited by the fact that mainly amines are considered (limiting the detection not to freshness but rather to spoilage). Due to the large diffusion of portable computers. In this way sensitivity to ammonia.3. the chemical practice of this approach is badly balanced by the transducer counterpart. to probe the sample with a variable combination of wavelengths instead of using the white light of scanners gives the possibility of performing an optical fingerprint measurement. the visual determination limits the performance and may greatly vary between individuals. is based on the fact that a computer screen can be easily programmed to display millions of colors. whose sensitivity toward amine was also recently measured [23].

The concentrations of these chemicals are directly correlated to the degree of spoilage. Their concentration and the presence of other compounds are rather typical of each species. models of receptor mechanisms explaining the sensitivity to volatile compounds are now available. N-cyclic.” This denomination is currently given to any array of unselective chemical sensor coupled with some multicomponent classifier. Nonetheless. and aromatic. the possibility of developing artificial olfaction systems became possible. Previous investigations evidenced that the headspace composition is a result of the balance between the “fresh fish” odor and the microbial spoilage produced compounds [36]. The features of electronic noses are fundamentally dependent on the sensing properties of the artificial receptors. To this point of view. After this discovery. On the other side. CSPT has demonstrated its utility in particular to classify airborne chemicals reading absorbance and fluorescence changes in chemical dyes such as metalloporphyrins [30]. amines. the lack of selectivity of many chemical sensors was considered as one of the main problems limiting their diff usion for practical applications. The physiology of olfaction has made considerable advances. each receptor senses several kinds of molecules. The possibility having some versatile tool to tailor the sensitivity and selectivity of sensors is of primary importance to make arrays capable of capturing either large or narrow ranges of chemicals. whereas CSPT arrangement gives the possibility of evaluating at the same time both the effects. it was proposed that arrays of nonselective chemical sensors may show properties similar to those of natural olfaction [34]. and N-cyclic compounds. Standard optochemical sensors are based either on absorbance or on fluorescence. Investigations about olfaction receptors show that Nature strategies for odor recognition are completely different from those of analytical chemistry. and acid compounds.160 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis camera. organic synthetic receptors offer an unlimited number of possibilities to assemble molecules endowed with differentiated sensing features. Since the 1980s. the application of the CSPT concept may be foreseen as greatly extending the analytical capacity worldwide. Receptors were found to be rather unselective. Odor classification properties of artificial systems were tested on several different fields proving that electronic noses could be in principle used to replace human olfaction in practical applications such as food quality and medical diagnosis [35]. and an even more extended computation capabilities. and the genes expressed by olfactive receptors are known [31]. and each molecule is sensed by many receptors [33]. 11.4 Electronic Noses As discussed above. 11. The most important chemicals involved in the fresh fish odor are long-chain alcohols and carbonyls. allowing for electronic nose application oriented optimizations. After this conjecture. almost all sensor technologies were used to build such systems. sulfur compounds. Recent studies are also beginning to unveil the signal pathways leading from the generation of olfactory neuron signal to the conscious identification of odors [32]. microbial spoilage produces short-chain alcohols and carbonyls. bromophenols. and such systems were soon dubbed as “electronic noses. Among these compounds amines . observation of Nature offered a useful suggestion about the use of such devices.5 The Application of Electronic Noses for Fish Freshness and Quality Measurement The composition of fish headspace is a source of information about its freshness.

and optical indicators [46].4. This result is rather surprising because fish spoilage is in general expected to be a linear and somewhat straightforward process.5 is obtained. In LSER. let us discuss a simulation of a case study. Sensor data can be conveniently represented by a principal component analysis (PCA) scores plot. the chemical complexity of the problem. Standard analytical methods for volatile amines and also sensors for some specific amines have been used to inspect fish freshness. five different kinds of interactions are considered: dispersion. Minor contributions to the fish headspace come from contamination of the environment (e. Analyzing the data with PCA the plot of Figure 11. and fresh. dipolarity. Apparently. and sweet conditions are hardly identified. Data are extrapolated from an investigation by Strachan and Nicholson [48]. typically according to the freshness or more precisely according to the balance between fresh and spoilage produced compounds. it is more realistic to consider an array of sensors specific for a single interaction mechanism. PCA is a data analysis method allowing the representation of a multidimensional dataset in a reduced dimensionality space. The number of compounds whose concentrations are only partially correlated makes this application particularly appealing for sensor arrays of partially selective chemical sensors. for example. In order to understand the potential of electronic noses to detect fish freshness. such as metal-oxide chemoresistor sensors [38–40].g. and acid. a plane. hybrid electronic noses were used combining different sensor technologies such as QMB and amperometric sensors [47]. Results shown in Figure 11.Chemical Sensors ◾ 161 are considered as the typical markers for fish freshness detection. nonetheless. Such sensor arrangement consists in the application of a number of sensors characterized by a broad sensitivity toward species that are relevant for a certain application. In addition. quartz microbalance sensors [44. with an array of selective sensors it is not possible to distinguish between fresh and flat fishes. Each sensor then provides a signal proportional to the concentration of each family. as much as possible. with a super impression of 6th and 1st days. In gas chromatography. As a result. petroleum in sea). Since LSER was fruitfully used to model polymer-based chemical sensors [52]. When properly analyzed by pattern recognition methods.6 . The sensitivity of chemical sensors is not immediately related to the molecular family but rather to the interaction mechanism. preserved [49]. the progress of spoilage is less linear with respect to Figure 11. flat. Most of these are feasibility studies.3 the time evolution of the major families of volatile compounds found in the headspace of fishes is shown. in case of fishes. conducting polymer sensors [43].. Figure 11. Instruments based on different sensor technologies have been used. the interaction between polymers and volatile compounds is often described by the linear sorption energy relationship (LSER) model [51]. hydrogen bond basic. In this regard. the accumulation of some compound. Let us consider the use of an array of sensors absolutely selective for each individual family of compounds mentioned in Figure 11. from fish processing.45]. amperometric sensors [42]. and the decrease in others result in a nonlinear problem.4 demonstrate a continuous progress after the 8th day. The representation plane is determined as that where the data variance is maximized and then the statistical properties of the dataset are. and finally from products of lipid oxidation [37]. In recent years attempts to use electronic nose technology to track the spoilage processes occurring in fishes have been reported in numerous articles. let us consider an array specific for each LSER interaction and one compound for family. amines become instrumentally appreciable only when spoilage processes take place. polarity. the data produced by a sensor array can classify samples according to some of their global features. but the behavior at the beginning is absolutely nonlinear.3. showing the ability of the electronic nose to track the different spoilage levels occurring at different storage times. In Figure 11. Nevertheless. MOSFET sensors [41]. The same nonlinearity is observed with electronic noses. An imperfect application of this method was demonstrated with engineered polymer-coated QMB [50].

and groupies [59]. Results are qualitatively similar to those shown in Figure 11. texture meters. and the use of only one sense (e. each able to capture different aspects of fishes. It is important to consider that sensorial methods of freshness appraisal involve the use of sight (to evaluate the skin appearance and the color and the global aspect of eyes). .g.3 Time evolution of the major families of volatile compounds in fish headspace. This feature that can be interpreted as a failure of the electronic nose is likely due to an intrinsic nonlinearity of the studied problem. color meters. shows the scores plot of a partial least-squares discriminant analysis model related to an array of metalloporphyrin-coated QMBs.. Nonetheless.5. As a consequence. The experiment was related to COD fishes. with a folding back of the spoilage process in the representation plane. sardines [58]. olfaction) provides several errors of evaluation. The fusion of multi-instrumental information can then be treated as the descriptors provided by a trained panel providing a sort of artificial quality index [55]. spectroscopic methods. The possibility of developing a multisensor device to measure and/or estimate fish freshness with a combination of instrumental techniques (electronic noses. tactile (to test the flesh firmness and elasticity).162 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Amines Aromatics Fresh fish alcohols Fresh fish carbonyls Short-chain alcohols Sulfides 100 Fresh Sweet Flat Stale Putrid Concentration (ppm) 10 1 0. and original data were previously published [53]. The typical sensorial description is also reported. in order to measure the quality of fish instrumentally. image analyzers. and devices measuring electrical properties) has been illustrated in different applications related to cods [56. and olfaction (to smell the gill odor) [54].01 0 5 10 15 Days 20 25 30 35 Figure 11.57]. humans provide a more reliable identification of fish freshness. an integration of instruments is necessary.1 0.

. Scores plot 1.76%) 0.39%) Figure 11.5 0 –0.5 1 PC 2 (15.5 24 PC 2 (19.5 –2 –2.4 PCA scores plot of a simulated experiment where sensors selective for the compound family in Figure 11.5 PCA scores plot of data related to a virtual array of sensors.5 1 0. Data show the impossibility of distinguishing the spoilage process in the first 6 days and an abrupt change between 6th and 8th days. each specific for a single interaction mechanism among those modeled by LSER.5 –6 –4 –2 0 2 4 PC 1 (72.93%) 0 –0.5 –1 24 10 12 8 28 2 4 6 1 ◾ 163 22 20 18 16 14 –1.5 –1 –1.5 –6 4 6 –5 –4 –3 –2 PC 1 (80.03%) –1 0 1 2 30 2 28 22 20 10 10 12 14 16 8 1 Figure 11.Chemical Sensors Scores plot 2 30 1.3 are used.

analyzed. 11. at processors level the screening of quality of incoming products to optimize the processing and to sort processed food. data are related to cod fish fillets. one technology may outperform the others. At the current state of the art. and finally at consumer level. All these applications require instruments able to work on-site. These technologies are sometimes equivalent in terms of performances. and for some specific applications. stored. Each step of the food chain has peculiar needs that a proper chemical sensor approach can in principle contribute to satisfy. It is important in any application to design the optimal sensor array to determine quality and quantity of the relevant chemical species and to select sensors optimizing sensitivity and resolution. transmitted and integrated with other data can be performed by several different technologies.6 Conclusions The conversion of chemical information into electric signals that can be measured.62%) Figure 11.6 PCA score plot of metalloporphyrin-coated QMB. As an example. and consumers) are potential users of chemical sensor technology. the control of quality and safety both on the market and at home.31%) 17 17 3 15 3 44 3 4 4 3 11 11 3 11 11 2 11 3 11 2 2 2 2 9 7 9 1 1 91 11 1 9 7797 9 7 7 7 17 11 11 11 99 15 15 15 15 15 15 0 4 3 2 2 4 2 4 15 2 –50 –100 –150 –100 –50 0 1 50 9 100 150 200 LV 1 (63. at producer level the increment in quality and yield. all the actors of the food chain (producers.164 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Scores plot 150 17 17 100 17 17 50 LV 2 (26. In this regard. sensors are . In the case of fish and seafood freshness and quality determination. and labels indicate the storage days in ice. the application of arrays of sensors can greatly improve the performance in terms of prediction of quality and freshness. processors. Food-related sites are usually highly contaminated from the point of view of odor. Chemical sensors are an almost mature technology for many practical applications.

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and efficient quality assurance is becoming increasingly important. the development of in-line calibrators was restricted to external properties (weight. as well as in machinery for the separation of products by their varying degrees of quality (i. etc. They often have short-response times (minutes or seconds) and also allow process corrections. Existing techniques in food quality assessment. focusing on the seafood sector advances. taste. different physical and chemical parameters related to the quality of foodstuffs have been selected [1]. Usually. and unsuitable for online application. responding within hours or days.2 The Importance of Quality Control—Advances in the Online Control Techniques Quality control is essential in the food industry. which relates to the quality factors. Online sensors operate directly in the process. Thus. and they give a real time signal. quality in food products is very difficult to define. these techniques are destructive. At-line sensors are devices to be used for instance in split-flow measurements. ease of consumption. however. and the internal properties were determined off-line by destructive and time-consuming technologies. or off-line. Traditionally the on/at-line quality control was restricted to external properties (weight. Because of that. research.170 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 12. This was due to the absence of nondestructive technologies that would allow the product classification by its properties (internal properties). the calibration lines for fruit processing). an online sensor has the advantage of giving an immediate quality measurement and provides possibilities for regulating the process by adjustments. Since consumers expect good shelf life and high-safety products with an adequate ratio of quality–price. size. color.1 Sensors for Quality Assessment A food quality sensor is a device that can respond to some physical or chemical property or properties of food and transform the response(s) into a signal. quality control in manufacturing lines was limited to destructive off-line analyses that determine the acceptance or disposal of much of the production of the day. sensors are classified according to their mode of use: online. Th is perception is used to choose the product one wishes to buy. etc.). This signal provides direct information about the quality factor(s) to be measured or may have a known relation to the quality factors. requiring reagent additions or equilibrations/reaction times. However. This chapter tries to show the increasing growth of new and efficient online and at-line control methods that can provide important information about the internal quality of foods. Off-line sensors are laboratory devices. either instrumental or sensory evaluation. traditionally.e. or flavor. Therefore.) that can be measured by a simple balance or by a sophisticated video camera. as a result of not being able to perform online nondestructive measures that would correct the manufacturing process in real time. can provide reliable information about food quality. In this way. The acquisition of these parameters that characterize the abstract concept of “quality perceived by the consumer” leads to the development of the necessary technology for application in the classification of products. . Consumers perceive the quality of a product on the basis of a feeling of satisfaction that some sensory properties produce in them. and development.. 12. often an electric signal. the food industry is progressively investing more and more capital in quality control. at-line. size. such as color. timeconsuming.

With the increasing globalization of fishery product sales. such as water content for drying processes. controlling the automated process and the raw material stream. freshness. processing. first to satisfy the consumer and regulatory requirements and second to improve the production feasibility. eating quality. and reduction of production cost and production time (increased throughputs). size. warning systems. automation. safety. In addition to the requirements of consumers. the safety and quality of fishery products has been of particular concern in recent years. tight feedback loops for automation of the production. and low cost in the sensor’s compounds. traceability. which are commonly structural. and regulatory officials have been seeking improved methods for determining freshness and quality [2]. food producers are increasingly asking for efficient control methods. It is necessary to stress that fish quality is a complex concept involving a whole range of factors. time passed after catch and the temperature “history” of fish are very often the key factor determining the final quality characteristics of a fish product [6].Physical Sensors and Techniques ◾ 171 New analytical techniques have been (and they are still being) developed to study the quality of complex food materials and to monitor the properties of foods during processing. availability. Consequently. it is able to obtain a final product that will always be within the margins of quality predetermined. with the appropriate hardware and software. The great challenge is indeed to focus on the real time and online sensors and data systems surveying processes and products. safety. and storage techniques. and much more. In this way many new food safety concepts and key quality parameters have arisen during the last decade: Hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP). and product type [3. nutritional quality. and typing the product labels. A study performed by Consumers Union found that more than one-quarter of the fish samples tested were on the brink of spoilage [5]. and so forth. allow input from the manufacturing line with information obtained from the measurement of quality parameters selected (feedback). nutritional and health information. One of the most unique characteristics of fish as food is that it is a highly perishable commodity. quality sorting. These systems will reach three milestones. and authentication all require improved control methods. they all call for intime and online sensors for control. Information about handling. the obvious physical attributes of the species. which for the consumer include. an excellence in accuracy. in particular through online or at-line quality sensors. therefore it is possible to apply to the product under development the necessary corrective measures while it is still in the manufacturing line.4]. consumers. food inspectors require good manufacturing practices.3 New Technologies for Online Control The quality of almost all the industrial processes depends on the modification of a few parameters. Further. ISO 9000 Certifications. or chemical properties. . This kind of system not only permit an assessment of quality in terms of their properties but also. Concretely. for example. convenience and integrity. but online methods are required for industrial quality control. sensing the final product quality. labeling. including time/temperature histories that can affect the freshness and quality of the products. and compliance with the regulations. is very important for the partners in the chain. 12. physical. these properties need slow and destructive methods to be controlled. In general. these techniques can provide new quality control systems of the internal (and external) properties of foods that act in real time and in a nondestructive way. the new sensors’ concept of being easy-to-use. In addition. processors. total quality management (TQM). new data systems. Thus.

. moreover.172 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Given the premise that online control requires a nondestructive method. and visible. above 16 kHz [17]. and a high amount of energy can be imparted. The spectroscopic techniques use the information found in the spectrum that is emitted for the food to predict certain of its qualities. and raw meat mixtures can be related to its composition using semiempirical equations [7]. Ultrasonic velocity in fish tissues. i. and biochemical effects can be observed. low-energy diagnostic ultrasounds are used as a nondestructive analytical technique for quality assurance and process control with particular reference to physicochemical properties such as composition. NIR measurements are widely used in the food industry to determine the sugar content in fruits [9]. chicken. It is also necessary to work at very low power in order to not cause permanent effects such as heating.13] in foodstuffs. induces compressions and depressions of the medium particles. impedance measurements (RF) can determine salt and water content in salmon filets [10]. [21] published a report on how the ultrasonic velocity measurements show potential for analyzing fish composition. such as radio frequency (RF). and physical state of foods [20]. some of their propagation parameters are modified. well-established.e. Highfrequency. in the case of Doppler-based modes. thermal and near-infrared (NIR). Ultrasound imaging is a versatile. It is impossible to address all these techniques with precision. Ultrasound attenuation spectroscopy (acoustic spectroscopy) is a method for characterizing properties of fluids and dispersed particles. Ultrasound. must act in real time and without producing permanent effects on the food. Normally the modification of any quality parameter is macroscopically correlated to the change in any wave parameter that can be controlled. Suvanich et al. which is finding increasing use in the food industry for the analysis of food products. determine the velocity of a moving tissue. fulfilling the initial premise.19].3. For fish samples. in this chapter. microwave. chemical. The salt and water content are related to dielectric properties of cod at microwave frequencies [14–16]. Depending on the frequency used and the sound wave amplitude applied. The main disadvantage of ultrasound is that the energy propagates poorly through a gaseous medium. we concentrate on electromagnetic methods at microwave frequencies. below are cited some examples of the use of these new technologies in the quality control of foodstuffs. It is virtually impossible for . When these waves pass through foods (or are refracted by them). This technique encompasses a wide range of imaging modes and techniques that use the interaction of sound waves with living tissues to produce an image of the tissues or. when propagated through a biological structure. the reason is. exposing their main disadvantages and highlighting the advances in the field of seafood. which. The interaction between wave radiation and matter as a function of wavelength or frequency is called spectroscopy. a number of physical. the modification of these parameters can be measured in real time. and dielectric measurements at microwave frequencies can be used to analyze water activity [11] and water content [12. 12. Ultrasound is a form of energy generated by sound (really pressure) waves of frequencies that are too high to be detected by human ear. and widely used diagnostic tool. the other techniques that enable online control have been briefly commented on below. which enable a variety of applications [18. Thanks to advancing technology. Nevertheless. structure. it is almost imperative to resort to elastic (sonic) waves such as ultrasounds or to nonionizing electromagnetic radiation.1 Ultrasounds—Acoustic Spectroscopy Ultrasonic is a rapidly growing field of research. Visible (and near UV) transmittance method has been investigated to inspect the internal quality (freshness) of intact chicken egg [8].

Raman spectroscopy is based on the shift of an excited incident beam of radiation that results from inelastic interactions between the photons and the sample molecules. When radiation with energy corresponding to the MIR range interacts with a molecule. The most popular IR spectroscopy is the NIR one. the energy at defined frequencies can be partially absorbed. This complicates the noncontact measurements. the main disadvantage of this method is that only the surface of the sample is examined.5 and 20 micrometers. NIR spectroscopy is based on the absorption of electromagnetic radiation at wavelengths in the range 780–2500 nm. [26] using the visible wavelengths only. but their use is limited by their low penetration in the product (it depends on the wave length. but it is not the only one. Thermal infrared imagers translate the energy transmitted in the infrared wavelength into data that can be processed . Mid-infrared (MIR) and Raman spectroscopy have high structural selectivity and contain more of the type of information needed in structural elucidation studies. a multispectral imaging NIR transflectance system was developed for online determination of moisture content in dried salted codfish [29]. NIR spectra of foods comprise broad bands arising from overlapping absorptions corresponding mainly to overtones and combinations of vibration modes involving C–H. For example. NIR spectroscopic method has been developed by Zhang and Lee [30] to directly determine free fatty acids (FFA) in fish oil and for the assessment of mackerel quality. Marquardt and Wold [34] concluded that Raman spectroscopy might be a useful tool for rapid and nondestructive analysis of fish quality.500–25. the usefulness of visible spectroscopy/near infrared spectroscopy (VS/NIRS) has been researched for many quality aspects [23–25]. [28] applied NIR spectroscopy to assess the end point temperature (EPT) of heated fish and shellfish meats.3. The region of the electromagnetic spectrum under consideration in Raman spectroscopy is similar to that in MIR.3 IR Spectroscopy In the recent years.000 nm).Physical Sensors and Techniques ◾ 173 ultrasound to pass through air. Focusing on fish products.2 Visible Spectroscopy In recent years. Uddin et al. In the fish sector. MIR spectroscopy concerns the region of the spectrum lying between 4. This technique measures the reflectance of light from the product in the visible and NIR wavelength range. O–H. but it is measured in terms of tenths of a millimeter [32] and is dependent on less-precise reference methods [27]. and it is able to provide thermal information. A rapid. 12. which is also called thermal infrared (TIR) refers to electromagnetic waves with a wavelength of between 3. but it involves a scattering process. [33] applied MIR spectroscopy combined with chemometric tools to determine whether fish has been frozen–thawed. Other information should be used in conjunction with visible spectra in determining the specific properties of interest. NIR technology has been widely developed as an analytical tool. The far IR. the freshness of cod was estimated by Heia et al. All these techniques have been gradually implemented as monitoring systems in food processing [31].000 and 400 cm−1 (2. ultrasound transducers must have airless contact with the sample during examinations [22]. Karoui et al. 12. thus.3. Most industrial processes require the measurement of temperature. the visible spectrum is a function of the entire structure of the compound rather than specific bonds. and N–H chemical bonds [27]. This makes it very feasible for measurements to be made in organic and biological systems.


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into a visible light spectrum video display. Thermography (infrared; thermal scans) uses specially designed infrared video or still cameras to make images (called thermograms) that show surface heat variations. This technology has a number of applications, for example, recent studies conducted by Fito et al. [35] lay the groundwork for the use of TIR image for the control of the optimum drying time in a citrus line. Focusing on fish industry, Jacobsen and Pedersen [36] developed a method based on infrared measurement of temperature changes in cold-water prawns during the glazing process studied in a small-scale controlled experiment. The method is thus remote and physically based on the heat transfer between prawns and glazing water.


RF Spectroscopy—Impedance Spectroscopy

Radio frequency is an electromagnetic radiation within the range of 3 Hz to 300 GHz. This range corresponds to the frequency of alternating current electrical signals used to produce and detect radio waves. Different techniques have been developed for quality control based on the response of foods to waves in the RF region. The technique called “bioelectrical impedance analysis” (BIA) is highly effective for measuring human body composition such as fat content, lean muscle, or total water [37] and nutritional status [37,38] and there is abundant supporting literature from medical studies demonstrating the effectiveness of the approach. This technique works at 50 kHz and is also an accurate predictor of the composition of fish [39,40] as the amount of water or proportion of fat tissue to lean tissue is correlated to BIA measurements through regression equations built on multiple measurements of control groups [41]. Impedance spectroscopy measures the dielectric properties (see Section 12.4) of a “food material” as a function of frequency; this term usually applies to the range of RF frequencies, sometimes extended to low microwaves. Impedance spectroscopy has been widely used to estimate the physiological state of various biological tissues [42,43]. In studies of a biological tissue, it is of great importance to establish an appropriate equivalent circuit model to relate the measured data to the physical and physiological properties. A number of spectroscopic methods in RF have been used quite recently to measure the quality-determining properties of frozen fish [44,45]. Haddock muscle showed significant changes in its dielectric properties during rigor mortis at frequencies between 1 Hz and 100 kHz [46]. In quality control of fish, the principal method of data analysis of impedance results has been to calculate indices with the measurements conducted at one or two frequencies [44,47]. With living tissues and in the postmortem period, impedance data have been analyzed by regression at each measured frequency and at several selected frequencies, by Cole-Cole analysis, and so on [48], but multivariate techniques of data analysis are still not widely used. The main disadvantages of RF for online monitoring are related to the physical size of its hardware, which is very voluminous and difficult to manage; moreover, interactions with metals and other materials can be problematic, and ionic conduction effects (i.e., due to dissolved salts) are highly significant (masking other effects).

12.3.5 Microwave Spectroscopy—Dielectric Spectroscopy
The actual state of art of microwave technology permits measuring in real time and in a nondestructive way most of the parameters that are related to quality control. For instance, in the late

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sixties, microwave sensors emerged as a plausible solution for real-time, nondestructive sensing of moisture content in a variety of materials [49–51]. Moreover, in recent years, the price of microwave components has dropped drastically because of a surge in demand from the wireless telecommunications sector. This, with new developments in solid-state and planar circuit technologies, provides an opportunity to develop reasonably priced microwave/RF sensors. Therefore, the application of microwave technologies to food quality control is a growing interest for the industry. Until recently, the interest of the food industry in microwave applications had been fi xed mainly in dielectric heating. These applications appeared in the years following the end of the Second World War, but the development of microwaves stopped due to technological reasons and the high cost of investment. At the beginning of the 1980s, the possibilities of microwave applications and their considerable advantages were recognized, and microwave ovens become more popular. This increase in the use of domestic microwave ovens gave rise to a reduction in the cost of the relatively high-power magnetron. However, the cost of these elements increases exponentially when the power is on an industrial scale [35]. Presently, domestic microwave ovens are universally accepted by consumers, and other microwave heating applications are widely used in industry; baking, drying, blanching, thawing, tempering, and packaging are the most important. Therefore, considerable experience has now been accumulated in this field and can be used in the design of sensor systems based on microwaves. These sensors are viable and affordable for online control in food industrial processes. Dielectric spectroscopy measures the dielectric properties (see Section 12.4) of a “material” as a function of frequency; this term usually applies to the range of microwave frequencies, sometimes extended to high RF. Dielectric spectroscopy is considered to be a very useful tool in food quality determinations, because, as will be explained in Sections 12.4 and 12.5, dielectric properties of biological tissues are closely correlated with water content and the aggregation state of it. Furthermore, the dielectric properties depend not only on water binding in foods but also on its composition. The interplay between molecular composition, presence of ions, electrical charges on proteins, and pH variations leads to a complex dielectric spectrum regulated by several phenomena. Dielectric properties are also related to structure, and the structural organization and composition of a muscle makes it a highly anisotropic dielectric material. This dielectric anisotropy was modeled by Felbacq et al. [52] to provide insight into microwave–muscle interactions. It tends to decrease during ageing or process-related cellular degradation. The main theoretical aspects of microwaves are treated in Section 12.4. In Section 12.5 some interesting applications of microwave technology in quality control are cited.

12.3.6 Advantages and Benefits of Microwave Methods
A very important benefit of microwave sensing is that the bulk property (i.e., moisture or density) is determined, in contrast to surface determination provided, for example, with infrared (IR) or NIR techniques. This is particularly important in monitoring operations, for example, drying, where moisture gradients exist in the material; variations in moisture can exist within a few microns of the surface, but their effects are substantially reduced or insignificant at microwave frequencies. Another decided advantage is logistical flexibility in installation. With a wide variety of sensors from which to choose, placement can be on conveyors or in hoppers, shakers, pipes,


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chutes, and so on. Installation is generally minimally intrusive. Moreover, results can be obtained almost in real time, because the measurement time ranges from a few milliseconds to one second. A further advantage is that microwave radiation is noncontaminating and environmentally safe at power levels typically used for online sensing. Human exposure is usually less than that from common consumer electronic devices such as cordless and cellular telephones. Finally, microwave sensors are insensitive to environmental conditions such as dust, color, or ambient light, vapors, and machine vibrations, in contrast to IR and NIR techniques.


Overview of Microwave Theory

Microwaves are a common designation for electromagnetic waves at frequencies between 300 MHz and 300 GHz. These waves travel through the free space with a given energy (E) and propagation parameters, which are mainly magnitude (A) and phase (q). When they find a different “dielectric material” (in this case, food), one part of the radiation is refracted and another one passes through it (see Figure 12.1). The amount of radiation refracted or transmitted by food as well as its new propagation parameters are governed by the dielectric properties of the material. Therefore, the measurement of these properties allows both the characterization of food and the control of the process (see Figure 12.1). In the communications argot, “materials” are usually divided into the categories of conductors, insulators, and dielectrics. “Dielectric materials” cover the whole spectrum of anything between conductors and insulators. Therefore, dielectrics can consist of polar molecules or nonpolar molecules, or very often both. According to this classification, foods are “dielectric materials” (or really an addition of dielectric materials) susceptible to be defined by their dielectric properties. Complex permittivity (e r) (Equation 12.1) is the dielectric property that describes food behavior under an electromagnetic field [53].

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Figure 12.1 Scheme of the possibilities of the measurement of dielectric properties in quality control applications.

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The real part of complex permittivity is called the dielectric constant (e′), and the imaginary ′′ part is called the effective loss factor ( ε eff ). The subscript r indicates that values are related to vacuum, and the variable is therefore dimensionless:
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Under a microwave field, the charges of certain food components (water, salts, etc.) try to displace from their equilibrium positions to orientate themselves following the field, storing microwave energy that is released when the applied field stops. This behavior is called polarization; e′ denotes the material’s ability to store this electromagnetic energy (or the ability to be polarized). Only a ′′ perfect dielectric can store and release wave energy without absorbing it. The parameter ε eff is related to absorption and dissipation of the electric energy from the field. Such energy absorptions are caused by different factors that depend on structure, composition, and measurement ′′ frequency, thus ε eff can be expressed by Equation 12.2 [53]: ε ′eff = ε ′′ + ε ′′ + ε ′′ + ε ′′ + σ/ε o ω e a MW d (12.2)

In this equation the last term is called ionic losses. The symbols s, e o, and w refer to material conductivity, vacuum permittivity, and angular frequency, respectively. Subscripts d, MW, e, and a indicate dipolar, Maxwell–Wagner, and electronic and atomic losses, respectively. The different contributing mechanisms to the loss factor of a moist material are schematically represented in Figure 12.2.

ε˝ i + – + + – MW + – + – dw

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a da e log f (Hz) 3E14 V nm UV

1.8E10 3E8 3E11 Radio frequency Microwaves IR AC L–M–K VHF dm wave cm mm μm

Figure 12.2 Schematic representation of the different effects that contribute to effective loss factor (e″ff ) along the electromagnetic spectrum (logarithmic scale). i, ionic losses; MW, e Maxwell–Wagner effect; dw, dipolar losses of water; da, dipolar losses of isopropyl alcohol; a, atomic losses; e, electronic losses.


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Under a microwave field, molecules with an asymmetric charge distribution (permanent dipoles such as water) rotate trying to align themselves with the electric field, storing part of the wave energy [54]. The dipolar contribution to total losses is one of the most important at microwave frequencies due to the fact that water is an abundant and common component in foods. Otherwise, as frequency is increased (the highest microwave frequencies and above them), the electromagnetic field can affect smaller particles, inducing dipoles even in neutral molecules (atomic polarization) and neutral atoms (electronic polarization). Atomic and electronic losses have behavior similar to that of permanent dipolar losses. At RF and the lowest microwave frequencies, charged atoms and molecules (ions) are affected by the field. Such ions move trying to follow the changes in the electric field. In case ions do not find any impediment (aqueous solutions, conducting materials), ionic conductivity gives rise to an increment in effective losses. At these frequencies, the ionic losses are the main contributors to the loss factor (supposing ions to be present in the material). Foods are complex systems and usually present conducting regions surrounded by nonconducting regions, for example, foods with a cellular structure have cytoplasm (conducting region) surrounded by the membrane (nonconducting region). In these cases, ions are trapped by the interfaces (nonconducting regions) and, as the ion movement is limited, the charges are accumulated, increasing the overall capacitance of the food [55] and the dielectric constant (Maxwell– Wagner Polarization). This phenomenon is produced at low frequencies at which the charges have enough time to accumulate at the borders of the conducting regions. The Maxwell–Wagner losses curve vs. frequency has the same shape as the dipolar losses curve (see Figure 12.2). At higher frequencies, the charges do not have enough time to accumulate and the polarization of the conducting region does not occur. At frequencies above the Maxwell– Wagner relaxation frequency, both ionic losses and the Maxwell–Wagner effect are difficult to distinguish due to the fact that both effects exhibit the same slope (1/f ). Foods are multicomponent and multiphase systems; therefore, more than one mechanism contributes to the combined effects. Figure 12.3 shows different shape variations in effective loss factor curves vs. frequency for the case of combined dipolar and ionic losses. Type_0 represents a typical pure dipolar loss factor curve (without ionic contribution), s increases between type_0 and type_4 curves (the corresponding ionic contribution is marked in discontinuous trace), ″ ε d max is the highest value of dipolar losses, and relaxation frequency is the inverse of relaxation time [53,16]. In general, foods are dielectric materials with high losses and, under a microwave field, they can absorb part of the wave energy. The power that can be dissipated in a given material volume ′′ (Pv) is related to ε eff by Equation 12.3, in which E is the electric field strength [53]: Pv = 2π f ε0 ε eff ·E 2 (W/cm3 ) (12.3)

The high-power dissipation in foods has given rise to numerous high-power heating applications that have been developed since the fi fties. The interest in improving heating applications has provided a great deal of knowledge on dielectric properties and wave parameter measurements. Th is detailed knowledge has been very useful in further research into new lowpower online sensors, which relate these properties or parameters to process variables of food industry.

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3 σ/ωε0 + – + + – 1 εd ˝ 0 log ( f ) 2 + – + –

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Figure 12.3 Influence of salt content in systems with different proportions of dipoles (water) and ions (salts) in the shape of effective loss factor curve. Salt content increases in curves from 0 (water) and 4 (saturation). (Adapted from De los Reyes, R. et al., Medida de propiedades dieléctricas en alimentos y su aplicación en el control de calidad de productos y procesos, ProQuest (Ed.), 2007.)

12.5 Applications of Microwave Technology in the Assessment or the Control of Processes
The applications of electromagnetic radiation in the microwave band are varied and cover broad fields, from the radar [56] and radiometry [57], to medical applications, such as the diagnosis of breast cancer [58] and other image applications. In addition, industrial applications have been developed, such as rubber vulcanization [59], soils, wood, and animal products disinfection [60–62], or food processing [63,64]. They are so many that some frequency bands have been reserved especially for industrial, scientific, and medical applications (ISM). These frequencies are detailed in Table 12.1. Microwave applications that are better known within the food industry are related to energy absorption and, therefore, are made at high power and usually at 2.45 GHz, which is the frequency often reserved in Europe for industrial applications. These applications are mainly used for heating, pasteurization, sterilization, dehydration, thawing, and scalding [65–67]. Recently, the application of microwaves in combination with warm air in drying of foods has been also studied, either during the whole drying process or in part of it [68,69]. Within this field, applications to the drying of fruits and vegetables are notable for their interest to the food industry [70,71]. However, as noted above, the development of the technology that brings this large number of applications has allowed the onslaught of new applications such as the assessment or the control of


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Frequency (MHz) 433.92 ± 8 915 ± 13 2,450 ± 50 5,800 ± 75 24,125 ± 125 Wave Longitude (cm) 69.14 32.75 12.24 5.17 1.36

processes by microwaves in a nondestructive way (MNDT or MNDE) which is receiving a growing interest in the food industry. In these applications, very low power is used to avoid permanent effects in foods. As a result of that, the methods for determining dielectric properties have experienced a spectacular expansion within the field of the analysis of materials by microwaves, which until relatively recently, was exclusively associated with the design of electronic equipment. As has been explained before, the measurement of the dielectric properties can provide important information during industrial processes due to the relationships between food properties and electromagnetic parameters. This is because low-power microwaves change their parameters (amplitude, phase) according to the food properties, and this change can be measured in real time. This is the basic principle on which food-quality microwave sensors are based. Complex permittivity can be correlated with structural, physical, and chemical properties such as humidity, soluble solids content, porosity, characteristics of solid matrix, and density [16]. The changes in these properties are usually related with the treatments applied to foods throughout the industrial process; for instance, water losses in drying processes [72] or salt losses in desalting processes [14,15]. In addition, the structural changes produced in macromolecules, such as protein denaturalization, can occur during processing, leading to a modification of the dielectric properties [73]. For all these reasons, the measurement of dielectric properties can be used as a tool for online food process control. This section provides an overview of the most important microwave applications as techniques in food control.


Determination of Moisture Content

Water represents the main component of foods influenced by microwave energy and, therefore, nowadays most methods of determining moisture content are based on electrical properties. The determination of moisture based on electromagnetic parameters has been used in agriculture for at least 90 years and has been in common use for 50 years [12,74,75]. Diverse studies have been carried out relating the dielectric constant and loss factor with moisture in foods [76,74]. Further researches in this field have occurred during recent years. Trabelsi and Nelson [77] studied a method of moisture sensing in grains and seeds by measuring their dielectric properties. The reliability of the method was tested for soybean, corn, wheat, sorghum, and barley. The frequency used was 7 GHz with the free space technique. In the same year, the authors used the same technique at 2–18 GHz to determine the dielectric properties of cereal grains and oilseeds in order to predict the moisture content by microwave measurements [78]. This article presents a unified

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grain moisture algorithm, based on measurements of the real part of the complex permittivity of grain at 149 MHz using the transmission line method. Trabelsi and Nelson [79] reported the moisture in unshelled and shelled peanuts using the free space method at a frequency of 8 GHz. In 2005, Joshi [80] reported a technique for online, time domain, nondestructive microwave aquametry (US Patent numbers 6,204,670 and 6,407,555); this technique was used for determining moisture levels in substances such as seeds, soil, tissue paper, and milk powder. Plaza-González et al. [81] have published a report about a microwave sensor intended for online measurements of paper moisture. Since most efforts have been directed to the moisture determination of different materials, commercial meters for online moisture measurements have already been developed. These moisture meters are based on automatic online calculations of the reflected wave and dielectric permittivity, yielding physicochemical properties, such as moisture, chemical composition, and density, without affecting the product. For instance, Keam Holdem® Industry (Auckland, New Zealand) provides online moisture testing and analyzing systems. This manufacturer provides devices for measuring moisture in processed cheese, moisture and salt in butter, moisture and density in dried lumber and whole kernel grain, and fat-to-lean ratio in pork middles. A microwave moisture meter has also been developed for continuous control of moisture in grains, sugar, and dry milk in technological processes [82]. A consortium of companies from different countries, Microradar®, produces a commercial microwave moisture meter for measuring moisture in fluids, solids, and bulk materials based on this method. The enterprise KDC Technology Corporation (www.kdctech.com) provides microwave sensors for monitoring industrial processes and quality control. KDC sensors work in a wide range of applications such as monitoring moisture and density of manufactured wood and wood-based products, construction, and agricultural and processed food products. Patented contact (MDA1000) and noncontact (MMA-2000) sensors are used for online, continuous process monitoring of solids, particulates, and liquids or for in situ nondestructive testing/inspection. Another interesting application for online moisture measurement is a sensor for green tea developed by Okamura and Tsukamoto [72], which can measure moisture as high as 160%–300% on dry basis by use of microwaves at 3 GHz with a microstripline (Figure 12.4). A Guided Microwave Spectrometer (Thermo Electron Corporation, Waltham, MA) has been developed for online measurements of multiphase products. This guide is used to measure
Microwave source Receiver Microstripline Electric field

Tea leaves

Figure 12.4 Schema of a microstripline used for tea leaves moisture measurement. (Adapted from Okamura, S. and Tsukamoto, S., New sensor for high moist leaves in green tea production, in Proceedings of ISEMA 2005, Kupfer, K. (Ed.), MFPA an der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Weimar, Germany, 2005, 340–346.)


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moisture in raw materials such as corn, rice, soybeans, and in processed materials such as tomato paste and ground meat. It can also measure content of soluble solids, pH, viscosity, and acidity in orange juice, soft drinks, mayonnaise, and tomato products; fat in ground meats, peanut butter, and milk and other dairy products; salt in mashed potatoes and most vegetable products and, lastly, alcohol in beverages.


Freshness and Salting/Desalting Process Quality Control of Fish and Seafood, by Microwaves: Methods and Equipments

The dielectric properties of fish products have been measured by different authors [83–86]; nevertheless, the electromagnetic determination of quality parameters in muscle tissues is still a complex challenge due to its complex matrix, heterogeneous composition, and anisotropic disposition. It is important to point out that the limitation of most dielectric probes is the volume of the sample that interacts with the field. The volume has to be representative of the whole piece of fish, due to the fact that the electromagnetic parameters in this kind of tissue vary in a heterogeneous way. It has been reported that it is possible to predict the fat composition in fish using electromagnetic measurements [87]; this is because it is clearly related to the water content of the product, so that if one is known the other can be determined; this is the knowledge base of the “Torrymeter” mentioned later. Moreover, this author [88,89] has studied the determination of added water in fish using microwave dielectric spectra measurements. Measurements of dielectric properties have been tested and used during almost 40 years for quality grading and remaining shelf life determination of various fish. These investigations have been mainly focused on freshness and self-life evaluation and detecting fishes previously thawed. However, a number of research studies have been carried out to control or monitor the processing of fish products. In this field, De los Reyes et al. [14,15] verified the viability of an online measurement system using low-power microwaves to determine the desalting point of salted cod. Dielectric spectroscopy was performed on cod samples at different desalting stages and on its desalting solutions in order to find the appropriate measurement frequency. Figure 12.5 shows the dielectric spectra (e′ and e″) from cod loin samples (2 cm/side parallelepipeds) at desalting times (t) yielding from 15 min to 48 h. Optimum frequencies were selected from the spectrum, and dielectric properties data were related to other physicochemical properties of cod samples measured at the same desalting stages, such as moisture and salt content. Good correlations were found between salt content in cod samples and their loss factor values at 200 and 300 MHz. These results indicated the viability of developing an online control system for a cod desalting process. Polarimetric measurements, that is, with a linearly polarized electric field, make it possible to evaluate anisotropy. This method has been applied to assess fish freshness [90]. This is because, after death, muscle is not able to use energy by the respiratory system. Postmortem changes lead to a temporary rigidity of muscles, decreasing the water-holding capacity [91]. The level of glycogen stored in the animal at the time of slaughter affects the texture of the future marketed meat. For all these reasons, during rigor mortis the dielectric properties are expected to change. The “Intellectron Fishtester” [92], the “Torrymeter” (Distell.com), and the “RT-Freshtester” (RT rafagnatækni), represent instruments with increasing degrees of sophistication invented for fish-quality evaluation. Readings from all these instruments are based in the reflected dielectric properties of fish, because they decrease with storage time, almost following a straight line. Based on these rapid and nondestructive measurements, the “RT-Freshtester” allows automatic grading of 60–70 fish per min. Nevertheless, electrical properties of fish are not directly responsible for

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Figure 12.5 Dielectric spectra from cod samples at desalting times (t) yielding from 15 min to 48 h. The arrows beside t indicate the growth of the desalting time. Frequency axis is in the logarithmic scale, and broken lines mark the selected frequencies (0.2, 0.3, 0.9, 1.8, 2.45, and 10 GHz). (Adapted from De los Reyes, R. et al., Dielectric spectroscopy studies of “salted cod-water” systems during the desalting process, in Proceedings of the IMPI’s 40th Annual Symposium, 2006.)

sensory spoilage and it is, therefore, to be expected that numerous factors influence the relationship between such measurements and seafood spoilage. In fact, these instruments need calibration depending on the season and fish handling procedures, and they are unsuitable for grading frozen–thawed fish, partially frozen, that is, superchilled fish, fish chilled in refrigerated seawater, or for fish fillets. This and the high cost of the instruments limit their practical use in the seafood sector for freshness evaluation. However, electrical measurements can also be used to test if fish was previously frozen [2]. Kent et al. [93] studied the effect of storage time and temperature on the dielectric properties of thawed–frozen cod (Gadus morhua) in order to estimate the quality of this product. The same year, Kent et al. [94] developed a combination of dielectric spectroscopy and multivariate analysis to determine the quality of chilled Baltic cod (Gadus morhua). These researches yielded a prototype developed by SEQUID [95,96] for measuring and analyzing the quality of different seafood. The SEQUID project concentrated on the measurement of the dielectric properties of fish tissue as a function of time both in frozen and chilled storage. This project has shown that it is possible, using a combination of time domain reflectometry and multivariate analysis, to predict certain quality-related variables, both sensory and biochemical, with an accuracy comparable to existing methods. Kent et al. [97] have also reported a way to determine the quality of frozen hake (Merluccius capensis) by analyzing its changes in microwave dielectric properties. The above mentioned “Torrymeter” has been successfully improved as a sensor for measuring fish freshness as a result of these investigations. In further investigations, the SEQUID project has shown that it is possible to predict certain quality-related variables (with comparable accuracy to existing methods) using a combination of time-domain reflectometry at microwave and RF frequencies and multivariate analysis [98].


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It is possible to implant reliable online sensors in fish industry both for determining the freshness as well as for monitoring processes (salting/desalting, thawing, etc.). The future of control in fish processing is the analysis of the physical and chemical properties using the dielectric signal at different frequencies, using multisensors. Multivariable knowledge of the process yields a modeling of the product.

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13.1 Introduction ..................................................................................................................190 13.2 Sensory Methods ...........................................................................................................190 13.2.1 The European Union Freshness Grading (EU or EC Scheme) ..........................191 13.2.2 The Quality Index Method ..............................................................................191 13.2.3 The Torry Scheme ............................................................................................192 13.2.4 The Quantitative Descriptive Analysis .............................................................192 13.3 Physical Methods ..........................................................................................................194 13.3.1 Texture Analysis ...............................................................................................194 13.3.2 The Torrymeter ................................................................................................194 13.3.3 The Intellectron Fischtester VI .........................................................................195 13.3.4 The RT-Freshtester ...........................................................................................195 13.3.5 The Cosmos .....................................................................................................195 13.3.6 Electronic Nose ................................................................................................196 13.3.7 Near-Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy...........................................................196 13.4 Chemical and Biochemical Methods .............................................................................197 13.4.1 ATP and Its Breakdown Products ....................................................................197 13.4.2 Biogenic Amines ..............................................................................................199 13.4.3 pH....................................................................................................................199 13.4.4 Total Volatile Basic Nitrogen........................................................................... 200 13.4.5 Trimethylamine .............................................................................................. 200 13.4.6 Dimethylamine ................................................................................................201


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13.4.7 Formaldehyde ..................................................................................................201 13.4.8 Lipid Oxidation Indicators ...............................................................................201 13.4.9 Lipid Hydrolysis .............................................................................................. 203 13.5 Microbiological Methods ............................................................................................. 203 References ............................................................................................................................... 204



Seafood is generally considered to be a high-protein food, low in fat and saturated fat when compared with other protein-rich animal foods. It is well known that fish oil is the major and the best source of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), called omega-3 fatty acids, especially eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Scientific evidence suggests that omega-3 fatty acids are essential for normal growth and development throughout the life cycle and inhibit the formation of atherosclerotic plaques, prevent arrhythmias, and contribute to the prevention or amelioration of autoimmune disorders, Crohn’s disease, breast, colon and prostate cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, and particularly cardiovascular diseases [1–6]. The Nutrition Committee of the American Heart Association recommends consumption of any type of fish two or three times a week. Therefore, it is important to prevent their loss due to oxidation. Freshness is the most important attribute when assessing the quality of seafood and is of great concern in the seafood sector [7]. The quality of seafood degrades after death due to the chemical reactions [changes in protein and lipid fractions, the formation of biogenic amines and hypoxanthine (Hx)] and microbiological spoilage. As a result of these events, sensory quality of seafood deteriorates [8–13]. Seafoods are rich in PUFAs, which are susceptible to lipid oxidation. It leads to the development of off flavor and off odors in edible oils and fat-containing foods called oxidative rancidity [14,15]. Because of their high degree of unsaturation, they are less resistant to oxidation than other animal or vegetable oils [14]. This chapter summarizes methods used for evaluation of freshness and spoilage of seafood. As it is well known, no single instrumental method is reliable for assessment of the freshness and spoilage of seafood. However, chemical, microbiological methods along with sensory methods have been applied by commercial seafood companies and many researchers to ensure that the seafood products meet expectations of consumers. The current regulation of the European Community (1996) establishes principles based on sensory, chemical, and microbiological analysis to control and certify the quality warranty in the seafood field (Council Regulation No.: 2406/96). The shelf life of fish is affected by many factors such as handling, storage condition from catch to the consumers, the kind of fishing gear, bleeding, gutting methods, season, catching ground, age, and life cycle of fish affecting the nutritional quality, freshness, and safety of seafood. Therefore, estimation of remaining shelf life of fish should be made with caution [7].


Sensory Methods

Sensory evaluation is the most important method in freshness assessments. Sensory evaluation is defined as the scientific discipline used to evoke, measure, analyze, and interpret reactions to characteristics of food as perceived through the senses of sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing [16]. Sensory evaluation provides rapid measurements of freshness of seafood. There has been a trend to standardize sensory evaluation as an objective assessment of freshness. Sensory characteristics of

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whole fish are clearly visible to consumers, and sensory methods are still the most satisfactory way of assessing the freshness quality since they give the best idea of consumer acceptance [17]. Freshness declines as storage life progresses until the product is no longer acceptable to consumers. The most appropriate method to assess freshness is a sensory panel. There are many factors affecting the measurement of sensory quality, including the sample under investigation, the assessment method, and the judges [18]. There are two types of sensory methods, subjective and objective. Subjective assessments of fish have been used for acceptability. They are often estimated generally using adjectives such as like/dislike or good/bad, which require subjective decisions. Fish freshness is most commonly determined by objective scoring based on organoleptic changes that occur as fish storage time is extended [19]. Objective scoring schemes require trained, expert judges, but the advantage is that panels can be small. These assessors individually use their appropriate senses (sight, smell, taste, and touch) to determine the level of each sensory characteristic in the defined grade standard appropriate for the seafood examined [20]. Subjective assessment, where the response is based on the assessor’s preference for a product, can be applied in the fields like market research and product development where the reaction of consumers is needed. Assessment in quality control must be objective [16]. Assessors must be trained and have clear and descriptive guidelines and standards to get reliable results for sensory analyses [21]. Sensory methods are also fast and nondestructive unless fish is cooked.


The European Union Freshness Grading (EU or EC Scheme)

The EU Freshness Grading was introduced for the first time in the Council Regulation No. 103/76 (for fish) and 104/76 (for crustaceans) and updated by decision No. 2406/96 (for some fish, some crustaceans, and only one cephalopod, the cuttlefish). The EU scheme is commonly accepted in the EU countries for freshness grading to market fish within the Union and generally carried out by trained personnel in auctions. Whole and gutted fish are assessed in terms of appearance of skin, eyes, gills, surface slime, belly cavity, odor, and texture of fish. There are four quality levels in the EC scheme, E (extra), A (good quality), B (satisfactory quality), where E is the highest quality and below level B (called Unfit or C) is the level where fish is discarded or rejected for human consumption. However, there are still some disadvantages; trained and experienced persons are required, since the scheme uses only general parameters for iced fish [16,22,23]. It does not take differences between species into account. In addition, it does not give information on the remaining shelf life of fish. A suggestion for renewal of the EU scheme can be seen in the Multilingual Guide to EU Freshness Grades for Fishery Products [24], in which special schemes for some fish species (whitefish, dogfish, herring, and mackerel) were developed.

13.2.2 The Quality Index Method
The quality index method (QIM) has been suggested as an alternative to the EU scheme. The QIM, originally developed by the Tasmanian Food Research Unit in Australia [25] and improved further, is considered to be rapid and reliable to measure the freshness of whole fish stored in ice [21,22]. This method is based on significant sensory parameters (skin, slime, eyes, belly, odor, gills, etc.) for raw fish [25,26], and the characteristics listed on the sheet are assessed and appropriate demerit point score is recorded (from 0 to 3). The scores for all characteristics are summed to give the overall sensory score. Quality index (QI) is close to 0 for very fresh fish, whereas higher scores are obtained as the fish deteriorates [16,26]. There is a linear correlation between the sensory

common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) [33]. and turbot (Scopthalmus rhombus. Hyldig [29] indicated that the QIM is expected to become the leading reference method for the assessment of fresh fish within the European community. pollock. Solea vulgaris. plaice. and flavor. positive and negative sensory parameters based on whether fish are fresh fish or fish at the end of the storage period [37].2. 13. and fat fish species. respectively) [21]. is rapid and easy to perform. QIM Eurofish published a manual [21] containing QIM schemes for 12 fish species and information about how to use the QIM schemes (QIM-Eurofish 2004). nondestructive method based on direct observation of sensory parameters of fish and can also be specific for species. In QDA.htm. odor. a higher score can be given for a single parameter [27]. QDA provides a detailed description of all flavor characteristics in a qualitative and quantitative way. panelists evaluate the odor and flavor of cooked fillets. QIM Rating system software was developed for cod. The average score of 5. expensive. .5 may be used as the limit for consumption [21]. often referred to as the Torry scale. and the panelists trained should agree with the terms. The scores are given from 10 (very fresh) to 3 (spoiled) (Table 13. Objective sensory methods are essential for quality control and estimation of shelf life of seafood. The advantages of QIM are that it requires short training.3 The Torry Scheme In contrast to the QIM. sole.4 The Quantitative Descriptive Analysis Quantitative descriptive analysis (QDA) is used by a trained sensory panel to analyze the sensory attributes of products such as texture.2). instrumental methods are also needed to satisfy the need for quality measurements in fish industry. sensory methods are time consuming. and redfish by the Danish Institute for Fisheries Research. farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) [31]. However.dfu. brill. herring (Clupea harengus) (Table 13. saithe. which makes it possible to predict remaining storage life on ice. The trained panel is handed a broad selection of reference samples and use the samples for creating terminology that describes all aspects of the product [16]. and is nondestructive and can be used as a tool in production planning and quality warranty work [27]. During spoilage. Pandalus borealis. trained personnel required. In this scheme. haddock. fresh cod (Gadus morhua) [32]. Recently developed QIM schemes were presented for raw gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata) [30]. Descriptive words should be carefully selected. The method can also be used for texture. the Torry Scheme was developed at the Torry Research Station for use with expert and trained judges. The Torry Scheme. is a descriptive 10-point scale and has been developed for lean. Pollachius virens. Melanogrammus aelefigus.1) [34]. the QIM is suitable for early stage of storage of fish where other instrumental methods are not accurate [28]. Sebastes mentella marinus. herring. This method is considered to be a relatively fast.192 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis quality expressed as a demerit score and storage life on ice. Pleuronectes platessa. redfish shrimp. Therefore. the words for describing the odor and flavor of the fish can be categorized into two groups.min. and Scopthalmus maximus. Objective terms should be used rather than subjective terms. It has been widely used in its original or modified forms. Rapid PC-based QIM is also available on the Internet at http://www. medium fat. and not always practical for large-scale commercial purposes. In addition. The most comprehensive scoring scheme to assess fish is the Torry Scheme [36]. 13.2.dk/QIMRS/qim_0202.

Quality Standards for Fish: Final Report Phase II. 975. D. seaweedy.. brown Odor Fresh. G. 37. Int.1 QIM Scheme for Sensory Evaluation of Herring Quality Parameter Whole fish Appearance of skin Description Very shiny Shiny Matte Blood on gill cover None Very little (10%–30%) Some (30%–50%) Much (50%–100%) Texture on loin Hard Firm Yielding Soft Texture of belly Firm Soft Burst Odor Fresh sea odor Neutral Slight off odor Strong off odor Eyes Appearance Bright Somewhat lusterless Shape Convex Flat Sunken Gills Color Characteristic red Somewhat pale. . Nordic Industrial Fund (in Danish). 2004. 37–59. pp.. Food Res. matte. 1992.. developed by Nielsen. and Hyldig. S. With permission. metallic Neutral Some off odor Strong off odor Score 0 1 2 0 1 2 3 0 1 2 3 0 1 2 0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 2 3 ◾ 193 Sources: Modified by Jónsdóttir.Methods for Freshness Quality and Deterioration Table 13.

Among textural attributes. starchy. quality control. metallic.3. during processing. .3. sour milk. and product development in the seafood industry [38]. soapy. Dielectric properties of fish are used for determination of freshness. boiled milk. Dielectric properties of fish skin and muscle alter in a systematic way during spoilage as tissue components degrade.3 Physical Methods 13. 283. odor. hake. acetic or butyric acids) decomposed grass. rubber. et al.40]. boiled meat Loss of odor.. vanillin Condensed milk. and flavor during spoilage and have been used as quality indicators since the first commercial version of the Torrymeter in 1970 [43]. slight sulfide Score 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 Source: Shewan. Sci. texture. J. improper handling storage. and chewiness of food. These changes occurring at microscopic level are related to alterations in appearance. 13. blue whiting. springiness. deciding the commercial value of the meat [41]. J. Texture includes the most common characteristics such as hardness. trace of “off” flavors Slight bitterness. A linear relationship was found between Torrymeter readings and sensory attributes for cod. Food Agric. Initially no sweetness but meaty flavors with slight sweetness may develop Sweet and meaty characteristic Sweet and characteristic flavors but reduced in intensity Neutral Insipid Slight sourness. Scotland.M.g. 13. seaweed. Numerous mechanical methods have been used to measure texture.2 Torry Score Sheet for Freshness Evaluation of Cooked Cod Fillets Odor Initially weak odor of sweet. sour. which immediately begin to break down the proteins after the harvesting. 1953.2 The Torrymeter The Torry fish freshness meter “Torrymeter” was developed at Torry Research Station in Aberdeen. mackerel. boiled potato Milk jug odors.194 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Table 13. Fish muscle may become soft or mushy as a result of autolytic degradation or tough as a result of frozen storage [16]. Baltic herring. wood sap. flounder. With permission. natural odor Wood shavings. TMA Strong bitterness.1 Texture Analysis Texture analyses for seafood are extremely important in research.. reminiscent of boiled clothes Lactic acid. tallow Flavor Watery. “off” flavors. Fish muscle has higher levels of indigenous proteases. followed by strengthening of these odors Shellfish. 4. hardness is the most important to the consumer. TMA Lower fatty acids (e. and cooking [39.. turnip. however. starchy. there is little agreement on which is the best method [42].

therefore.5 The Cosmos The “Cosmos” instrument developed by Japanese is applied for the evaluation of fish quality by determination of smell intensity. and readings from all instruments decrease with storage time. The skin of fish could be affected by osmolarity and contact with electrically charged particles [51]. conductivity. [50] found strong correlation between the organoleptic and Cosmos results for six species of fish and concluded that application of the “Cosmos” instrument for objective quantitative evaluation of fresh and chilled fish quality by determination of smell intensity appears to be practicable. . Gelman et al. the “Cosmos” instrument is handheld.4 The RT-Freshtester Like Torrymeter and the Intellectron Fischtester VI. Mechanical abuse and freezing can affect the readings. They are unsuitable for frozen or thawed fish. RT-Freshtester.3. works only on whole fish and fillets with skin on. The Fischtester readings can be used as an objective criterion for the state of freshness/spoilage together with sensory data across the fish chain.3 The Intellectron Fischtester VI The basic principles of Torrymeter (the United Kingdom) and the Intellectron Fischtester VI (Germany) are similar. allows automatic grading of 60–70 fish/min. 13. [51] also studied the effect of washing with tap and treated seawater on the quality of whole scad (Trachurus trachurus) and found that Torrymeter and RT-Freshmeter readings were significantly (P < 0. Like other instruments. partly frozen such as superchilled fish. Gelman et al. portable. fast and nondestructive. fishing grounds.05) lower in fish washed with seawater than fish washed with tap water or unwashed. iced gilthead sea bream. 13. and capacitance) of the fish flesh [52].3. and fish chilled in refrigerated seawater [54]. and fish-handling procedures. season. as well as rapid and nondestructive. The Intellectron Fischtester VI gives reliable information about the days in ice and left of iced stored fish.3. However. The method is based on conduction through skin and. which interfere with the reading of both instruments as they are based on electrical properties of skin. and farmed Senegalese sole [43–49]. The loss of skin and muscle integrity and deterioration of the skin caused by bruising during harvesting and packing operations would result in more variable Torrymeter values. This could be explained by seawater containing ions. However. it could be used for evaluation of fresh and chilled fish in the seafood industry and on fishing vessels. The electric properties of fish can change after death of the fish due to disruption of the cell membranes by autolysis. RT-Freshtester reflects dielectrical properties of fish. It has also reported that there is a linear correlation between the instrument readings obtained on the day of harvest/catch and the date of spoilage [53].Methods for Freshness Quality and Deterioration ◾ 195 whole. measuring the electric properties (resistance. these instruments need calibration depending on sample preparation. Fat also has an effect on the dielectric properties of fish and tends to make observed Torrymeter values more variable [47]. 13. Inácio et al. Therefore. [50] found that the Torrymeter readings obtained from six species of different origin were poorly correlated with sensory evaluation.

and prototype solid-state–based gas sensor called the FishNose [57–62]. water-holding capacity of thawed fish muscle [81]. chemometric analysis such as principal component analysis (PCA). Previous optics-based electronic noses relied on absorbance and fluorescence. SO2. It has been indicated that a combination of electronic nose systems based on different sensor technologies improved the performances compared with the single technology for the codfish fillets [66]. sulfur compounds.196 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 13. it requires too much handling of samples. it is fast. The most frequently used methods are artificial neural networks (ANNs). combining wavelengths in the optical range [56]. This technique is based on the fact that a computer screen can be easily programmed to show millions of colors. This method has been applied for determination of fat. 13. FreshSense is based on a closed. Studies on cod fillets and heads also gave similar results. and requires little training of operators [73]. . Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy is another technology that is a rapid. Trggvadottir and Olafsdottir [64] also found that the response of all electronic sensor (CO. and aromatic. N-cyclic. SO2.3. Different electronic noses have been employed for measurement of fish freshness. nondestructive. thickness shear mode quartz resonators. and protein content in fish [74–78]. it can be operated on-/at-line. semiconductor dimethylamine (DMA) gas sensor. free fatty acid (FFA) in fish oils [79. On the other hand. However. and NH3) results for haddock from different seasons showed a similar trend. causing changes in protein and muscle structure. Compared with FT-IR. CSPT evaluates both effects [56. an electronic nose called FreshSense was developed and distributed by Element-Bodvaki in Iceland and has been found to be a rapid. The technique is characterized by speed and simplicity. [63] studied the freshness of iced redfish and found that there was a good correlation between the response of CO sensor and QIM method for both air and modified atmosphere storage of redfish. indicating spoilage of odors in seafood. However. and acid compounds are produced by microbial activity and lipid oxidation during storage of fish [55. cod caught by long line and gillnet [73]. The most important chemicals involved in fresh fish odors are long-chain alcohols and carbonyls. Data analysis is important in electronic nose measurements. the main indicator of fish freshness. and it is nondestructive. which determines the relation between sensor output patterns and the properties of the sample being analyzed [72].56]. amines.7 Near-Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy Near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy has been used in various analytical applications. These are metal-oxide semiconductor gas sensors. Since these kinds of analyses are both time consuming and expensive. static sampling system and electrochemical gas sensors. The concentrations of these compounds are related to the degree of spoilage. and it was found that CO sensor showed the highest response [65]. easy to handle. and quality assessment of frozen minced red hake [82]. that is. H2O. nondestructive method to measure volatile compounds. bromophenols. electrochemical sensors (CO.67–71]. short-chain alcohols and carbonyls. water. and thawed. online industrial production chain. diff use reflectance infrared Fourier transform (DRIFT) spectroscopy has advantages. it has the ability to measure numerous samples within a short time. H2O.6 Electronic Nose Odor. chilled modified atmosphere packed (MAP) cod fillets [83]. Olafsdottir et al. which are sensitive to volatile compounds.80]. and NH3). and N-cyclic compounds. NO. has been analyzed by sensory panel or gas chromatography (GC). and partial least-square regression (PLS-R). NO.3. Fish freshness has also been evaluated by a computer screen photoassisted technique (CSPT)based gas sensor array.

This process results from breakdown of adenosine triphosphate (ATP).1 ATP and Its Breakdown Products Rigor mortis occurs in postmortem muscle tissue and is associated with stiffness of muscle or flesh. The initial stage of the reaction catalyzed by endogenous enzymes takes place quickly. The most used procedures for the objective measurements of seafood quality are given in the next sections. The traceability system can also be used for the determination of fish freshness.1. The oxidation Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) Adenosine diphosphate (ADP) Adenosine monophosphate (AMP) Inosine monophosphate (IMP) Inosine (Ino) Hypoxanthine (Hx) Xanthine (Xa) Uric acid (Uric) Figure 13. Currently. These objective methods should correlate with sensory quality. this technique has been applied to sardine muscle during iced storage.4. Traceability is becoming a method of providing safer food supplies and of connecting producers and consumers. cheap. For the first time. In postmortem fish muscle. It has been indicated that there is a correlation between nucleotide catabolism and loss of freshness.1 shown. the most used method to evaluate fish freshness is to combine several measurements obtained from different methods and correlate the findings with sensory analysis [59]. recording the product temperature from the moment of catch. Nucleotide breakdown reflects both action of autolytic enzymes and bacterial action [16]. sensitive. Traceability can be defined as the history of a product in terms of the direct properties of that product and/or properties that are associated with that product once these products have been subject to particular value-adding processes [85]. since they eliminate personal opinions on the product quality. degradation of ATP proceeds according to the sequence . This alternative method could be cost effective and definitely more reliable. leading to accumulation of adenosine diphosphate (ADP) and inosine monophosphate (IMP). 13. and the chemical compound that is determined should increase or decrease as microbial spoilage or autolysis progresses [16]. which is the main energy source for metabolic activity. The sequences of nucleotide catabolism proceed as shown in Figure 13. and requires a small amount of sample.4 Chemical and Biochemical Methods Chemical and biochemical methods for the evaluation of seafood quality are more reliable and accurate. 13.Methods for Freshness Quality and Deterioration ◾ 197 its use is simple. and it has been indicated that this spectroscopic technique is useful in assessing the freshness and quality of sardine during iced storage [84].

9. [97]. Gill et al. H. These results showed that measuring the concentration of single nucleotide degradation product to determine freshness quality of seafood is not appropriate. The rate of nucleotide degradation varies with species. it is difficult to obtain meaningful G and P values since fatty fish deteriorate due to rancidity [103]. However. season. and adenosine monophosphate (AMP). handling. Ki. the K value can be superior to the other values. [103]. Burns et al. respectively. the Ki value has been shown to increase very rapidly and then remain constant even though freshness quality continues to decrease greatly [98. whereas inosine and Hx reflect poor quality [87]. [102] also proposed Fr value for yellow fin tuna. [97] proposed the Ki value.13. ADP. The K value includes intermediate breakdown products. In addition. Karube et al. [93] is a biochemical index for fish quality assessment based on nucleotide degradation. ADP. It was reported that K and related values increased linearly (except Fr value) with storage time in turbot [91]. [103]. and Fr values are calculated by the procedures described by Saito et al.198 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis of Hx to xanthine and uric acid is slower and is the result of endogenous enzyme activity or microbial activity [86]. Therefore. which excludes ATP. body location (dark or white muscle). indicating its superiority to Ki value [101]. P value has been described by Shahidi et al. G. stress during capture. [102]. [101] as an index of freshness quality. Shahidi et al. but measuring the concentration of ATP and its degradation products can be useful in determining freshness quality [20]. and AMP remain even after 2 weeks [97]. [101]. although it was observed to decrease during the first 2 or 3 days of iced storage.99]. and it varies within species of fish [94. The G value proposed by Burns et al. Luong et al.95]. and Gill et al. The K value proposed by Saito et al. The K. European eel [13].106]. [100]. [100] was found to be superior to Ki value for iced Atlantic cod. P. but the high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method is the most reliable among them. The IMP is associated with fresh fish flavor. The formulas are as follows: lno + Hx ⎡ ⎤ K (%) = ⎢ × 100 ATP + ADP + AMP + IMP + lno + Hx ⎥ ⎣ ⎦ lno + Hx ⎡ ⎤ K i (%) = ⎢ × 100 IMP + lno + Hx ⎥ ⎣ ⎦ lno + Hx ⎡ ⎤ G (%) = ⎢ × 100 ⎣ AMP + IMP + lno ⎥ ⎦ lno + Hx ⎡ ⎤ P (%) = ⎢ × 100 AMP + IMP + lno + Hx ⎥ ⎣ ⎦ Hx ⎡ ⎤ H (%) = ⎢ × 100 IMP + lno + Hx ⎥ ⎣ ⎦ IMP ⎡ ⎤ Fr (%) = ⎢ × 100 IMP + lno + Hx ⎥ ⎣ ⎦ .88–92]. and sea bream [104]. [93]. and storage conditions [105. H values have been described by Luong et al. Several methods have been proposed for the analysis of single or a combination of nucleotide catabolites. The concentrations of ATP and its breakdown products have been used as indicators of freshness in many fish species [8. With some species. However. before its subsequent increase. The H value of iced Pacific cod was observed to increase steadily. in some species ATP. Determination of G and P values are useful with lean fish. Since adenosine nucleotides are almost converted to IMP within 24 h postmortem [96]. Karube et al.

HPLC is mostly performed because of its sensitivity. spermine. and agmatine.1 depending on season.124. and use of a biosensor [130–132]. The hazardous concentrations of histamine are 5 mg/100 g and 20 mg/100 g fish—the legal limit for histamine set by the U. and histamine and decreases in spermine and spermidine during storage of fish.127]. since microbial flora vary seasonally [11]. The QI and the biogenic amine index (BAI) were proposed by Mietz and Karmas [120] and Veciana-Nogues et al. depending on the species being examined [10. respectively. histamine is potentially hazardous and the causative agent of histaminic intoxication [114]. respectively.125]. tryptamine from tryptophan. Putrescine is also an intermediate of a metabolic pathway that leads to spermidine and spermine [119]. histidine yields histamine.4. The most significant biogenic amines produced postmortem in fish and shellfish products are histamine.Methods for Freshness Quality and Deterioration ◾ 199 13. the disadvantages of using biogenic amines as an index of freshness quality are that their absence does not necessarily indicate a high-quality product [113].108]. putrescine.S. Postmortem pH varies from 5. By means of decarboxylation reactions.11. the moment of capture. putrescine. their levels are considered as indices of spoilage rather than freshness [112]. whereas BAI is based on increases in histamine. The formulas used were as follows: QI = (histamine + putrescine + cadaverine)/1 + (spermidine + spermine) BAI = (histamine + putrescine + cadaverine + tyramine) QI is based on the increases in putrescine. capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) [128.109. including thin-layer chromatography (TLC) [122. [121] for determination of quality of fish. and stomach contents at death.0 to 7. Cadaverine is derived from lysine. the presence of decarboxylase-positive microorganisms. There are various analytical techniques used to determine the concentration of biogenic amines. the enzyme responsible for its detoxification. spermidine. and pH [133]. species. free amino acid content [112].5. tryptamine.123]. The formation of biogenic amines results from microbial degradation during the later storage of fish. and arginine leads to putrescine.129].and diamine oxidase activity [116]. The importance of estimating the concentration of biogenic amines in fish and fish products is related to their impact on human health and food quality. The others especially putrescine and cadaverine have been reported to enhance the toxicity of histamine [115]. cadaverine.107. GC [126. 13. Consumption of seafood containing high amounts of these amines can have toxicological effects. tyramine.2 Biogenic Amines The concentration of biogenic amines has been reported to be a reliable method of measuring the quality of fish. and other factors . cadaverine.110]. Process technology is influenced by rigor development. and 2-phenylethylamine is derived from phenylalanine. In addition. Biogenic amines are generated by microbial decarboxylation of specific free amino acids in fish or shellfish tissue [111]. Among the biogenic amines. and tyramine. and reproducibility. postmortem temperature. Among these techniques. These problems may be more severe in sensitive consumers who have a reduced mono. cadaverine. 2-phenylethylamine. and the concentration of these increases with storage time [91. The biogenic amine content of fish depends on fish species. Food and Drug Administration [117] and the EU [118]. tyrosine produces tyramine.4. reliability. Since the amines are produced by spoilage bacteria toward the end of shelf life of a fish.3 pH The pH is also an important parameter to show depletion in tissue and quality of flesh during storage. HPLC [120.

it could not be regarded as a good indicator of fish freshness and proved to be better as a spoilage index. such as frozen eel [145]. Since the activity of enzymes depends on pH. it affects reactions taking place during storage of fish. as shown in a variety of fish such as European hake [142]. The analyses of these indicators are considered unreliable because they reflect later stages of spoilage rather than freshness [140]. the levels of 30–35 mg N/100 g muscle are considered the limit of acceptability for icestored cold-water fish [17. and hake [148]. and DMA (produced by autolytic enzymes during frozen storage). and European eel [13]. The level of TVB-N in freshly caught fish is generally between 5 and 20 mg N/100 g muscle. and direct distillation methods have been recommended as a rapid routine method. produced by spoilage bacteria). bacteria act upon TMAO to produce TMA. which is considered to be the main cause of off odors in fish products [58. farmed gilthead sea bream [147]. and it has been used as an indicator of marine fish spoilage: CH3 CH3 – N=O CH3 TMAO CH3 CH3 – N CH3 TMA . with the production of lactate. TVB-N should be used as a chemical check. Therefore. The European Commission (Council Regulation No. mainly glycogen. Atlantic cod [143].151]. turbot [92]. The first one includes direct distillation of fish after adding magnesium oxide. However. TMA is produced by the decomposition of TMAO due to bacterial spoilage and enzymatic activity [150. Therefore. as shown below: Following death of fish.5 Trimethylamine The one type of spoilage caused by microorganisms often detected as a fishy odor is due to the decomposition of trimethylamine oxide (TMAO) via the enzyme TMAOase demethylase.141].4. was compared with two routine methods. Low pH also promotes oxidation of myoglobin and lipids [134]. TVB-N level correlated with fish quality.4 Total Volatile Basic Nitrogen In seafood. pike perch [146].59]. It is well known that determination of TVB-N differs systematically according to the procedures used. The EC reference method for TVB-N determination. Th is is caused by the depletion of energy reserves. 95/149/EEC of March 1995) on fish hygiene specifies that if the organoleptic examination indicates any doubt as to the freshness of the fish. total volatile basic nitrogen (TVB-N) primarily includes trimethylamine (TMA.136–139]. 144]. A relatively low pH may cause a decrease in water binding to the myofibrils. Low initial pH is associated with higher stress before slaughtering [13. affecting light scattering and the appearance of fish. the level of TVB-N was not correlated with the time of storage of some fish species. ammonia (produced by deamination of amino acids and nucleotide catabolites). involving preliminary deproteinization with perchloric acid. whereas the second one includes the use of trichloroacetic acid instead of perchloric acid [149]. 13. Based on the results obtained from the literature. 13. sardine [12. Low pH is used as an indicator of stress at the time of slaughtering of many animals. However. It was found that there was a good correlation between three methods.135].200 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis [134.4.

Fresh fish has a very low amount of TMA with values less than 1. enzymatic and nonenzymatic lipid oxidation occurs. when bacterial growth is inhibited.4. The formaldehyde content of frozen seafood is generally used as a spoilage index. TMA is not produced in a significant amount during the early stages of chilled storage of fish. biosensor using flavin-containing monooxygenase type-3 [168]. The amount of DMA produced depends on species (except gadoid species. A close relationship has been found between lipid damage and quality of the final product [173]. stage of spoilage. 13. GC method [163. fish contain TMAO. age. the storage temperature. The TMAO content of seafood varies with species. terminal amino groups. time of year. The limiting factor of frozen storage in lean fish species is denaturation of proteins. after which the rate of production of TMA parallels the bacterial proliferation pattern [154]. especially in gadoid fish. which results in a dry and firm texture of the fish muscle [174]. TMA can be used as a spoilage indicator and not as an index of freshness.5 mg TMA/100 g in fresh cod.157]. . photometry [161].Methods for Freshness Quality and Deterioration ◾ 201 TMAO appears to be part of the system used for osmoregulation. including steam distillation [158]. colorimetric method [160]. The formation of these products may cause severe quality changes or spoilage during prolonged frozen storage. and low-molecular weight compounds. other species do not develop adequate amounts of DMA). Seawater fish have 1–100 mg TMAO in every 100 g muscular tissue. but it can react with a number of chemical compounds such as amino acid residues. a capillary electrophoresis method [165]. semiconducting metal–oxide array [166]. Conway microdiff usion and titration [159]. During chilled or frozen storage of fish. 13. type of storage and processing. whereas fish can be stored in a frozen state for several months without severe changes in quality. or TVB-N contents.7 Formaldehyde The formaldehyde content in seafood products is generally considered as nontoxic. HPLC method [162]. Several assays have been described for the determination of TMAOase activity in fish muscle [151. and solid-state sensors based on bromocresol green [169]. and methods employed for analysis. However. Fresh fish has a limited shelf life and is prone to deterioration. this reaction is replaced by a slow conversion by an enzyme to DMA and formaldehyde [16.150]. lipid oxidation is the limiting factor in fatty fish species. DMA. which is converted to TMA by bacteria in iced fish. fish size. resulting in rancidity. causing denaturation and cross-linking of proteins [171]. 13.6 Dimethylamine As mentioned earlier. The fish is considered stale when the rate of TMA production is higher than 30 mg/100 g cod [155].8 Lipid Oxidation Indicators During processing and storage. but it appears after 3 or 4 days.4. but values increase during spoilage.156. This reduces the solubility of myofibrillar proteins [172].4. DMA can be used as a spoilage index during frozen storage of some species such as frozen hake [170]. its usefulness depends on time of year. 164]. and environmental factors [152]. However. and time. flowinjection-gas diff usion method [167]. whereas freshwater fish generally contain only 5–20 mg% [153]. Many analytical methods have been developed for the measurements of TMA. location of catching.

E. including the degree of unsaturation of the oil. Many factors affect the onset and development of rancidity (oxidative and hydrolytic degradation of lipids). Under chilled/frozen conditions. Initiators (such as light. (From Hamilton. There are three steps in autoxidation of unsaturated fatty acids.180]. fish and fish oils are highly susceptible to the development of oxidative rancidity. produce toxins. nutritional losses. J. 3rd edn. R. The major chemical indicators for the determination of the extent of oxidative rancidity . forming stable deterioration products (termination phase) [181. the type and concentrations of antioxidants. oxygen availability. Peroxides are not stable compounds. resulting in peroxide (ROOH) and new free radical (propagation phase).2). leading to protein denaturation. light. Excess free radicals and peroxides in foods cause destruction of essential fatty acids and vitamins A. trace of heavy metals) RH Propagation: O2 R RO2 + RH ROOH 2ROOH Termination: R+R R + ROO ROO + ROO RR ROOH ROOH + O2 RO2 ROOH + R RO + OH ROO + ROO + H2O R+H Figure 13. pp.175–177]. U. R.) Off taste and off odor are usually defined as rancidity. The amount of hydroperoxides can be used as a measure of the extent of oxidation in the early stages. and Hamilton. lipid oxidation compounds interact with proteins. initiation. and degree of exposure to light [178–180]. Peroxides can also react with proteins and result in a decrease in their nutritional value. Fish oil contains about 20% of their total fatty acids as long-chain PUFA.182]..C. heat) convert RH to free radicals (initiation phase). in Rancidity in Foods.C.. Chapman & Hall. unpleasant odors. thiamine. B6. temperature. and cause off flavor/odors [183].K..J. London. off flavors. Several chemical and physical techniques applied alone or together have been used to determine the degree of oxidation and hydrolytic degradation of lipids in edible oils. pro-oxidants. propagation.2 The autoxidation of fatty acids. and modification of electrophoretic profiles of proteins [172. and then the quantity of radicals and peroxides decreases. ketones. C. which are the volatile products causing off flavor in products. and free radicals react with oxygen to produce peroxide radicals (ROO). and they break down to aldehydes. Free radicals from oxidizing lipids can polymerize with proteins and destroy certain amino acids.202 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Initiation: Initiators (heat. and taints [179. moisture content. The peroxide radical can attack another lipid molecule RH. Seafood has highly unsaturated lipid content. 1–22. Allen. (Eds. and alcohols. 1994.). and pantothenic acid. The hydroperoxide value is generally shortened to peroxide value (PV). They also destroy pigments. and termination (Figure 13. consequently. The amount of reactive compounds increases gradually.

TOTOX (2VP + AV). and lean fish such as blue whiting. PV. AV and TBA values measure the secondary products of lipid oxidation. since oxidation products are unstable and react with biological amino constituents. and also freshwater fish [194]. as oxidation proceeds the PV can start to fall. Microbial assessments have been carried out to monitor the numbers of various groups of microorganisms during the production process as part of food safety objectives and also hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) systems [196]. 13. Many methods have been employed for the measurements of lipid oxidation in foods as a means of determining the degree of damage [20.186]. sardine. It is possible to predict shelf life of seafood based on knowledge of initial numbers and growth of SSO.191]. PV measures primary products of lipid oxidation. Microbiological analyses of seafood involve testing for presence or absence of pathogens such as salmonellas and determination of numbers of colony-forming units (CFU) named “total viable counts (TVC)” or “aerobic plate count (APC). cod [192.4. Microbial growth models can be used to determine the effect of various time/temperature combinations on shelf life of fish in production and distribution chain.5 Microbiological Methods Numbers and types of microbes present in foods are important indicators of safety and quality. horse mackerel [13. and decline [184. European eel.190. haddock.185]. Shewanella putrefaciens . Analysis of these interaction products by fluorescence detection as a quality assessment index for frozen-stored sardine was studied by Aubourg et al. It was indicated that the main requirements for shelf life predictions are to collect information about SSO. However.Methods for Freshness Quality and Deterioration ◾ 203 are anisidine value (AV). [80] also reported that PLS-R and near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy to monitor both oxidation and hydrolytic degradation of lipids in fish oil can be successfully employed. 13. such as proteins. free amino acids. [188] and it was found that fluorescence detection of interaction compounds can provide an accurate method to assess quality differences during frozen storage of sardine. Cozzolino et al. or enterococci [195]. spoilage domain such as the range of environmental conditions over which a particular SSO is responsible for spoilage and spoilage level [198].” or numbers of CFU of indicator organisms such as Enterobacteriaceae. coliforms. reach a peak. and thiobarbituric acid (TBA). causing production of interaction products [187]. Mathematics models have been well established for the growth of spoilage bacteria such as Photobacterium phosphoreum. and TBA values may increase.193]. peptides. The numbers of specific spoilage organisms (SSOs) and the concentration of their metabolites can be used as objective quality indicators for determination of shelf life of seafood. Spoilage of fish and fish products is a result of the production of off odors and flavors mainly caused by bacterial metabolites [197]. FFAs and their oxidation products would have an effect on muscle texture and functionality. Increase in the PV is most useful as an index of the earlier stages of oxidation. there are some difficulties with common methods when quality has to be assessed. During prolonged storage of seafood. AV. since they interact with myofibrillar proteins and promote protein aggregation [189]. which break down to secondary products of oxidation or react with proteins. A gradual increase in FFA formation was obtained for all kinds of samples as a result of the frozen storage time for fatty fish such as tuna.9 Lipid Hydrolysis Hydrolysis leads to hydrolytic rancidity and involves hydrothermal or enzymic (lipase) hydrolysis to FFA and other products. and phospholipids.188. PV.

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.......2 Also in an earlier study.. The production method is also part of the information essential to fulfill the traceability of a product and.... and Cosmetic Act and The Fair Packaging and Labeling)...........1 14... larger liver.............. and caudal peduncles could be used for a total correct classification of wild......... 228 14.................................................7....... and the United States (The Federal Food.......................1 Sample Preservation ............................... In particular.............. therefore...... and these are seldom present in farmed seafood. salar parr................2 Morphological Examination There are few publications and no official guidelines for the morphological differentiation of farmed and wild aquatic organisms....3 it was shown that the morphology of the head................ Farmed cod often present unattractive black lines consisting of layers of melanin-filled cells associated with blood vessels due to overabundance of copper in commercial feeds................. Standards for organic farming are still under development in many countries...2 ICP-MS ...................... as well as examination of the stable isotope and trace element profiles.......... size of the eyes and mouth. but wild specimens may contain parasites harmful to humans................. and sea-ranched S... and smaller head4 as well as backbone malformations in farmed specimens....... Drug. analytical methods should be made available to confirm it...1 Introduction The implementation of analytical methods to differentiate farmed from wild-produced seafood is important to ensure correct consumer information and avoid fraud: Information about the production method of seafood is obligatory in the EU (CR EC No 2065/2001 of October 22....................... 2001 laying down detailed rules for the application of CR EC No 104/2000 regarding informing consumers about fishery and aquaculture products) and similar laws apply in Japan (Law on Standardization and Proper Labeling of Agricultural and Forestry Products................. 226 14. fins.. stable isotope analyses combined with fatty acid (FA) profiles have proven particularly useful when tested.... 226 14............... Correct information about the production method of seafood is also important.............. Several methods have been successfully applied to differentiate farmed from wild seafood.................. shape of the head... the most prominent differences are the higher condition factor........ and length of the pectoral fin... 100% discrimination between farmed (AquaGen strain) and wild parr was achieved by examining the body form... 227 References ... In cod...... Although in this work no special mention is made to organic farming.. For example.......5 The flesh of farmed cod sometimes presents ...7........... JAS Law...................................... 227 Acknowledgments . the set of technologies to apply are basically the same as those described here........ The later study showed that the environmentally induced phenotypic divergence increased with age and with the numbers of generations under domestication.... because farmed and wild organisms carry different hazards and are therefore submitted to different regulations and analytical controls.........................................7 Trace Element Fingerprint. In small Salmo salar..............................216 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 14...........8 Other Methods ............. analysis of the protein and lipid contents......... genetic analyses............... including morphological examination...................... farmed...................... commercially farmed specimens may contain residues of veterinary drugs whose presence is unlikely in wild seafood............... of 1999)........ 227 14.........

treatment with Chelex.8. 14.Z.3. Then. To extract frozen samples we recommend to start the procedure before the sample is completely thawed.7 proposed that the genetic diversity of aquacultured stocks of fish should be maintained and their genetic impact on wild stocks minimized by using breeding programs designed to generate genetic diversity. so that all the ethanol is evaporated. in most breeding programs the fish are indeed selected based on commercially interesting traits such as growth performance. Nucleospin (Clontech). thus limiting its application.18 or gel filtration. which are usually absent in many intermediate products as well as in the ready-to-eat dish. E. such as Qiagen. Many commercial kits.). because the enzymes are inactivated by the fi xation. classification based on morphological criteria demands the presence of the morphologic diagnostic characters. Delays and the use of preservations methods will diminish the quality and the yield of DNA. since enzymatic activity also takes place at subzero temperatures. give satisfactory results. it would be relatively difficult to find markers for wild and farmed fish. and then recovered by ethanol or isopropanol precipitation.1 Sample Preservation and DNA Extraction Methods The sample should be extracted as soon as possible after sampling. Amersham Biosciences (GE Healthcare).A Stool DNA Isolation Kit (United Bioinformatica Inc. the cells are opened (by heat treatment. Samples fi xed in ethanol must be allowed to dry completely. in particular if it has a high enzymatic activity (for example if it contains the hepatopancreas in a crustacean).3 Genetic Analysis Doyle et al. and the liver in farmed cod is much bigger than the liver of wild fish. The DNA is then separated from the contaminating cellular components by salt precipitation.9 Genetic analyses have allowed the differentiation of wild from farmed fish populations in a variety of species. GeneRelease (Bio Venture Inc.14–16 Hayes et al. the best method is to freeze it in liquid nitrogen or in a biofreezer.10 and optimal adaptation to different environments. If the sample must be preserved. For very long periods. The basic steps in all DNA extraction methods include the inactivation of nucleases. If this policy had been followed.6 However. Wizard (Promega). we recommend preservation in 96% ethanol. The DNA . Th is step is not necessary in samples preserved in ethanol. However. 14. in contrast to the white opaque color of the wild. Genomics analyses are dealt with in more detail in Chapter 4 of this handbook. since diversity would be one of the selected traits in the farmed fish. for example by chelating divalent cations using EDTA and EGTA. which is the most common analysis.Analytical Methods to Differentiate Farmed from Wild Seafood ◾ 217 a translucent grayish aspect. or by the use of Proteinase K) and proteins are removed usually by incubation with Proteinase K.11. Each kit is provided with a detailed description of how to use it. chloroform extraction. a normal freezer (−20°C) may also be used. Dynal (Invitrogen).11–13 and a loss of rare alleles has usually been observed in the farmed populations. sonication.9 resistance to diseases or to stress. One requisite condition for any genetic analysis is the obtention of good quality DNA suitable for PCR amplification. and others.). and then be rehydrated in water or in the extraction buffer. Depending on the type of sample and its use.17 suggested that it was possible to assign accurately a fish sampled from the market place to either the farmed population or the wild using either microsatellite or single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers.N.

China.3. differences in the protein pattern of liver25 and muscle26. It is worth mentioning. India. catfish. Arctic charr). the United States. which further increases the amount of samples that can be processed. several countries. tilapia. However. however. or mitochondrial. so the next step. and also for forensic studies. Japan. tilapia.27 tissues between farmed and wild salmon and cod have been reported. salmonids (salmon. The outcome of these programs is already producing lists of genetic markers linked to traits of interest.13. and production method. This method has been successfully used by the authors of this paper (unpublished results) and by Bucklin and Kochert22 with whole individuals of Calanus. Spain. sample preparation. trout.18 and the salt extraction method.19 the Chelex method. must be performed very carefully not to lose the sample. from food matrices include the use of hexadecyl–trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB). including the species. shrimp. pH 8. SNPs.14 In addition. such as Norway. In the future.11. whether microsatellites. An additional advantage is that it is possible to use robots for many of the steps (DNA preparation. which is washing the pellet with 50% ethanol. and others.218 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis pellet is usually washed at least once with 70% ethanol. it is possible to amplify the DNA of a sample by simply dehydrating it and placing a small amount directly into the PCR amplification mixture. 14. 14.23 In principle. and the DNA is reconstituted in double-distilled sterile water or in a slightly alkaline buffer (50 mm Tris–EDTA. however. cod. cod. University of the Basque Country. On other occasions. which markers and how many of them are necessary to differentiate a wild from a farmed specimen are completely dependant on the species and the breeding stock and need to be examined on an individual basis. by using a series of SNP and microsatellite polymorphisms by PCR and by oligonucleotide ligation assay (OLA). have started programs to map the whole genome of some species. breeding stock.17 However. has the potential to be useful to differentiate farmed from wild specimens of a given species.15. and bass.4 Analysis of Proteins No clear protein marker has been identified to discriminate farmed from wild seafood.2 DNA Markers In recent years. Three more methods that have reputedly produced good quality DNA suitable for amplification.0). and sea bass. traits. . DNA analyses may be performed using chips that permit the determination in one fast step of many characteristics simultaneously.). Atlantic halibut.21 When using the salt extraction method with heavily degraded samples. protein markers commonly used for genetic analyses have the potential to be used as markers for farmed or wild. that the Norwegian company GenoMar has patented a method to trace back farmed individual Atlantic salmon.24 The method requires that all parent fish of the brood stock are DNA typed as well as all the individuals under examination. which may be used to identify the strains of the farmed individuals that display an increased frequency of the desired traits. In these samples the pellet may be practically invisible. genomic. personal communication). etc. the alcohol is allowed to evaporate. any marker. we have found it helpful to leave the tubes after the first precipitation of DNA with isopropanol in a freezer at −20°C or at −80°C for a few hours before centrifugation (Marian Martinez de Pancorbo.20. including oysters. since some alleles are more frequent in one group than in the other.

Thus.4.38 found that the reason for the softening in this species did not seem to be the faster growth of the farmed fish. and they require high levels of dietary protein (30%–60%). which they use as their preferred energy source. optimal freezing would be achieved immediately after excision by submersion in liquid nitrogen and storage at −80°C or by freezing and storing directly at −80°C. attributed to the fish’s increased requirement for energy metabolism. For short periods of time. these authors identified 33 differentially expressed proteins.1 Sample Preservation The optimal case would be when the extraction of proteins can take place on the sample immediately after the experimental treatment. Mg.27 also registered the altered expression of five enzymes implicated in the glycolytic pathway and citric acid cycle in farmed cod.33 Moreover. and then modify them depending on the results. When this is not possible.35.37 Martinez et al. Some enzymatic systems that may be responsible for the muscle softening are metalloproteases and collagenases.33. several enzymes. indicating increased emphases on catabolism relative to anabolism in the fish fed this diet. In addition. lysosomal cathepsins. neutral calcium-activated calpains. Johnston et al.28–31 The source of protein in teleost fish is very important. and proteolysis) of the proteins in the sample should be chosen. with no preservation at all. the depletion of the wild stocks of pelagic fish and the high price of feeds based on fish meal and oil. 14. The authors noted a downregulation of some structural proteins in fish-fed soy proteins. loss of functional groups. it has been shown that components in fish feeds may contain very high levels of metals (Cu. and Ca)34 and that vegetable meals may contain antinutritional factors (protease inhibitors.36 Martin et al. Proteins and proteomic analyses are dealt with in more detail in a different chapter of this handbook. −20°C .)29 that may have adverse effects on fish. Soft texture. etc. usually considered negative. several enzymes involved in anabolic metabolism were downregulated in fish fed the diet rich in soybean meal. have prompted the development of feed formulations based on vegetable oils and proteins. is more common in stressed and in farmed than in wild fish. the amino acid profiles of plant proteins do not meet the essential amino acid requirements of fish. Fe. Although feeds and breeding conditions need to be developed and optimized for each species. a preservation procedure that minimizes the modifications (denaturation. and they hypothesized that the greater concentration of insoluble collagen present in wild salmon may contribute to their firmer texture. Texture is an important quality attribute of the fish flesh. lectins. Using proteomic analysis.. However. and structural and FA-binding proteins. including heat shock proteins. it is common to apply directly to new species those conditions that have proven successful for other species.Analytical Methods to Differentiate Farmed from Wild Seafood ◾ 219 Industrial fish farming is a relatively new activity compared with farming of land animals. antigenic proteins. Interestingly.25–27 In addition. Optimal methods include fast freezing and frozen storage using temperatures as low as possible. which were attributed to increased proteolytic activity in the muscle of the farmed compared with the wild cod.25 attributed the alteration in the protein expression in the liver of rainbow trout to the presence of antinutritional factors in feeds containing soy protein. aggregation. that is. and the proteasome. Zn. and this may induce stress in the farmed animals. which would be a natural diet. Thus.26 examined the protein expression in skeletal muscle of farmed and wild cod by high-resolution twodimensional electrophoresis and found differences between the two. which is reflected in the composition of their organs. no study has identified yet the main system/s responsible for the soft texture in farmed fish or the spots that may be used as markers to discriminate farmed from wild fish. Olsson et al. neither feeds nor breeding conditions may be optimal for farming. and feed diets based on plant protein require supplementation with synthetic amino acids.32 Unfortunately.

It should be noted that any preservation procedure will alter the protein profile in the sample. one should be very careful when comparing samples preserved and stored under different conditions. thiourea). the gels can be stained by Coomassie Blue (low sensitivity but compatible with mass spectrometry (MS) analysis necessary for subsequent peptide fingerprinting and sequencing).4. the strip containing the proteins separated by their pI is loaded on top of the second-dimension SDS-PAGE gel.220 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis may be acceptable.4. and reducing agents (b-mercaptoethanol. After separation. and. Both first and second-dimension gels can be purchased as precast. cooking. we focus on the use of techniques with the potential to identify such markers. destained. detergents (CHAPS. and digested. The optimal pH range to choose depends on the sample. alkylated. dithiothreitol (DTT). but not all protocols are compatible with MS). Triton X-100. and. this may be because some commercial preparations of these enzymes are contaminated with proteases. In addition to published works. the optimal extraction procedure for any given sample must be determined empirically. The first step in proteomic analyses is to extract as many proteins as possible from the sample. due to the great diversity and properties of the proteins contained in the edible tissues of seafood. The proteins are separated first according to their pI in 3% polyacrylamide gels in which a pH gradient is created using a mixture of ampholytes.2 Protein Extraction There are many methods for extraction of proteins. 14. and peptide mass fingerprinting of the digests is then . therefore. but they will hamper the study of protease activities that may be relevant in some other works. In our experience. there are many methods suitable for protein analyses. etc. therefore. The choice of method depends on the protein and the property one wishes to examine. Their use should be evaluated for each particular study. We therefore recommend not to use such enzymes. usually 8%–20% or 12% PAGE.3 Analysis of Proteins As already mentioned. silver (high sensitivity. The use of protease inhibitors should always be considered: use of some inhibitors and cocktails may help to preserve the sample during the extraction procedure. ready to use gels from several companies. It is common to use several buffers with increasing concentration of chaotropic agents (urea. but 3–10 are commonly used for wide screenings. 14. Proteomics permits the separation of many proteins (often thousands) from a complex protein mixture in one step. for a wide screening. Afterward. and fluorescent labeling or staining (of intermediate sensibility and also compatible with MS). as well as the different degrees of processing to which the sample may have been submitted (freezing. and there are special protocols for each application. Some authors have claimed that the use of DNase I and RNase in the extraction buffer increases the number of spots in the gels. SDS). The tryptic fragments are cleaned from contaminants. depending on the proteins one wishes to examine. reduced. The pictures of the gels containing similar samples of wild and farmed specimens obtained after scanning are compared using adequate software (such as Bionumerics or PDQuest) to identify differentially expressed spots that are then excised from the gels. Proteomic techniques have a clear advantage in this field. usually with trypsin. However.).25–27 BioRad39 and GE Healthcare Amersham have some excellent manuals about protein extraction and analysis. its application is widespread in many fields. tributylphosphine) to solubilize the widest possible spectrum of proteins. Since current studies are still trying to identify markers.

soybean. The proteins are afterward identified by searching in databases (National Centre for Biotechnology Information. spot cutters. whereas C18:1n9. cottonseed.42. lateral flow strip tests permit in situ easy and fast screening of seafood samples. it has been shown that there was selective deposition and retention of C22:6n3. but C22:1 (several isomers) is relatively more abundant in Coho salmon. and sardines than in capelin.55–58 Specific FAs are selectively retained or used. however. As in vegetable oils. very different staining intensities. herring.44 Frequently. there are more FAs present in detectable amounts. Development of protein chips will facilitate the simultaneous screening of many targets and samples.44 and this FA fingerprint has often been successfully used49–52 as a diagnostic to identify the production method. because farmed fish usually have a much higher content than wild ones. and C18:3n3 were selectively metabolized. olive. For example. The whole procedure is described in detail by Martin et al. However. in particular when combined with stable isotope composition (see the following paragraph). etc. C22:1n11. the total amount of TGs alone may be used as a criterion to differentiate farmed from wild fish. This is probably the most time consuming step of the whole procedure.53. capelin. palm. sand eel.). for example. 14. the final identification and assignment of the spots in the gels must be performed visually by trained personnel. Once the diagnostic proteins are identified. and often a single FA may account for about 50% of the total FA content in these oils. the FA profile of TGs reflects that of the feed. C16:0 and C18:1n9 are relatively abundant in all fish oils. In Atlantic salmon for example. due to frequent errors in the automated spot identification procedure (because of imperfect spot separation and identification caused by overlapping of spots. The FA profile of vegetable oils (such as corn. which FA is more abundant is species dependant. The FA composition of fish oils is more complex. C18:2n6. identification of diagnostic spots.25 and reviewed by Granvogl et al. which uses MS data to identify proteins from primary sequence databases.5 Analysis of the Lipid Content The analysis of the triglyceride (TG) fraction. Proteomic analysis is a complicated procedure necessary to identify the biological markers.41 The workload can be reduced by using precast gels and automated procedures with suitable software and robotic stations (sample and gel handling and staining. herring. ProteinLynx Global SERVER). and sand eel and C22:6n3 is more abundant (over 10%) in Atlantic and Coho salmon.45–48 In addition. in control laboratories. and sunflower) used as partial substitutes for marine oils in fish feeds53–57 have in common a very low or undetectable amount of the long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) C20:5n3 (EPA) and C22:6n3 (DHA) characteristic from fish oils. or menhaden.43 The changes in the FA composition of the TG fraction following changes in the composition of the diet have been explained using a dilution model. that is.60 The FAs C18:1n9 and 18:2n6 may act as markers .). rapeseed. the whole process can be greatly simplified by targeting only the biomarkers: raising or synthesizing antibodies targeting those proteins in order to use them in several formats.59 Other studies in the same species showed that the flesh had higher levels of C18:1n9 and C22:6n3 and less C20:5n3 than the feeds. NCBI) using suitable software (MASCOT. has often given correct classification of farmed and wild specimens.Analytical Methods to Differentiate Farmed from Wild Seafood ◾ 221 usually performed by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) MS. linseed. etc. so that the concentrations in flesh were higher than in the diet. and ELISA format will permit the routine analyses of many samples. and it is seldom that only one of them makes more than 25% of the total.

62 one must always take into account the very wide variation in the concentrations of lipid components that can be found in apparently homogeneous populations of farmed salmon. and is the preferred tool in lipid analysis when interpretation of . which may be used as a rapid profiling technique. HR-NMR has been particularly valuable in the study of marine lipids. 13C NMR has a greater range of chemical shifts.. which. the reader is directed to several publications46. the latter seems to be the most persistent after a dietary switch to fish oil diet. 195Pt).3 1 H NMR and 13C NMR Analyses High-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (HR-NMR) has emerged as a popular technique in the analysis of foodstuff. The spectrum is often used to obtain information about the number and type of molecules in a mixture. 19F. 29Si.1 Sample Preservation Due to the high levels of PUFAs.g.5. If freezing is required. 10B. For detailed descriptions of the analysis of fish samples. 14N. and polymerization.50.2 Lipid Extraction and Gas Chromatography Procedures for lipid extraction are described in another book chapter of this series. 14. and even after the levels of C20:5n3 and C22:6n3 were restored to the original high levels. The most commonly measured nucleus is 1H (the most receptive isotope at natural abundance). 31P. 14. 17O. NMR spectroscopy exploits the magnetic properties of certain nuclei: nuclei that contain odd numbers of protons or neutrons have an intrinsic magnetic moment and angular momentum. the ratio n3/n6 was not fully restored. oxidation.5.222 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis for vegetable oils. because it provides multicomponent information and can be applied nondestructively. and an inert atmosphere.52. including fish and fish products. 11B. 23Na. 13C. it is best to use as low a temperature as possible. 15N.65 NMR gives a fingerprint of the sample analyzed.64 may contribute to the difficulty of performing correct classifications as wild/ farmed based only on the FA composition. that is. which leads to less overlapping of signals. and in particular. but NMR is applicable to any nucleus possessing spin (e. 14.and light-tight containers and stored at low temperatures. On the other hand. −80°C. 35Cl. The major advantage of 1H NMR spectroscopy compared with 13C NMR is the higher sensitivity and thereby shorter acquisition times per experiment.5. together with the special feed formulations used for organic farming and the fact that escaped farmed fish and wild fish eating around farms may display intermediate lipid profiles.61 As indicated by Refsgaard et al. Fresh samples should be kept wrapped in air.52 that give detailed descriptions of the procedure.63. NMR spectroscopy can be used to identify functional groups. The most commonly used HR-NMR techniques in wild/farmed classification are 1H NMR and 13C NMR. 2H.. it is particularly important to exercise care when working with marine lipids: it is recommended to use low temperature (work in ice or in a cold room) and avoid or minimize exposition to air and light in order to prevent lipid hydrolysis. both of which are able to detect a range of metabolites in a nontargeted way. since in a one-dimensional spectrum each peak is produced by those nuclei placed in an identical local chemical environment.

66. pH. because it may interfere with the multivariate data analysis. the chemical shift scale is referred to the shift of TMS or indirectly to TMS by the peaks from chloroform at 7. hydrogen bondings. and other intermolecular interactions. may lead to erroneous classification.78 . The application of multivariate statistics to NMR spectral data increases the potential of the technique considerably. although this approach has still not been widely used for authentication purposes. Factors that affect the exact chemical shift of NMR signals include the type of solvent used. the whole procedure from sample preparation to analysis by a data exploration technique can be affected by factors unrelated to the sample characteristic of interest.0 ppm for 13C NMR. although the optimal sample size depends on the instrument.e. However.73 which is of value for authentication purposes. in conjunction with chemometrics.5–0. have allowed the differentiation between wild and farmed salmon74 and cod51 of different origins.77 Regarding reproducibility issues. 99. the relative intensities for corresponding signals across different spectra are comparable. phasing and baseline correction are applied but no zero fi lling.77 It is advisable to check that all spectra have acceptable linewidth and lineshape after the NMR analysis. Typically.71 Another technique that in the future may be used more often is the analysis of intact tissue by high-resolution magic angle spinning (HR-MAS). Both HR 1H and 13C NMR.67 1H NMR has been used to perform quantitative measurements of total n-3 FAs and of the levels of DHA.. interactions with metal ions. Multivariate methods are frequently applied to study differences among NMR spectra. When full spectra are used. but it is not necessary for classification purposes. Typically.28 ppm for 1H NMR and by the triplet of CDCl3 at 77. a sample size of 50–100 mg of lipid in 0.75 Small differences in experimental conditions. inhomogeneities in the applied magnetic field.71 13C NMR gives information about FA composition of fish72 and the positional distribution of PUFAs in triacylglycerols and phospholipids.76 In some studies. Standardized procedures should be followed to ensure repeatability and comparability. Tetramethylsilane (TMS) is usually added as a chemical shift and intensity reference.Analytical Methods to Differentiate Farmed from Wild Seafood ◾ 223 spectra is the goal.8% CDCl3). 1H NMR has also been applied to differentiate between wild and farmed salmon and sea bream of different origins. a semiquantitative 13C NMR approach has been chosen.66 Potential problems about inconsistencies in ppm values between samples in the data analyses should be solved by manual alignment or data pretreatment methods. It is expected that in the future the use of flow injection systems. temperature variations. Regions without signals or unwanted signals are removed before multivariate analysis. ideally for screening many samples with short acquisition time.70. such as instabilities in apparatus. leaving the sample ready for analysis. which is easily evaporated. 13C NMR and 1H NMR spectra are fi rst obtained by Fourier transformation of the resulting free-induction decay (FID) function after applying a prospective line-broadening function. even though the signal intensities within each spectrum are not quantitative. or differences in relative concentrations of the samples analyzed.75 and it is important that all the samples contain the same volume. The most commonly used solvent in the analysis of neutral lipids is deuterated chloroform (i.8 mL solvent is used. Normally. Both the area/ intensities of peaks and full spectra can be input for multivariate analysis. The assignment of spectral resonances gives information about the chemical composition of the samples. due to the fact that quantitative measurements require a considerable longer experimental time.68. will increase the sample throughput significantly.69 This analysis can be carried out with a high degree of automation and gives a rapid fingerprint (2–5 min) of the lipid profile. they are normally converted to ASCII or JCAMP file formats.

In contrast. plus the kinetic fractionations occurring in animal metabolism.224 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 14. For example. SD ± 0.46 were equally successful classifying sea bass using the FA profile. because the enzymatic reaction rates on substrates that contain the lighter isotopic forms are faster than in reactions involving the heavier isotopic forms.11%). Aursand et al. and O2. and oxygen has been proposed as a method suitable for food authentication. Introducing the percentage of C18:2n6 as a third variable in their model. such as maize. nitrogen.37%). the abundances of the stable isotopes differ between substrate and product.037%). equilibrium reactions also lead to a fractionation of the isotopic forms. For example. Usually animal products become enriched in the heavier isotope (15N and 13C). 17O (0. 171 Atlantic salmon specimens originating from three continents and 15 different geographic regions. and oxygen as three: 16O (99. C4 plants may have d13C mean values of −12/−14‰. mostly broadleaf plants and plants in the temperate zones) shows a higher degree of 13C depletion than the C4 plants (where the CO2 is converted first into a four-carbon organic acid: these plants are mostly found in warm sunny regions.52 were able to classify correctly according to the production method. Thus. resulting in a complete separation of the two groups. nitrogen as two: 14N (99.38‰) but depleted in lipid-corrected carbon (d13C: mean = −20. typically tropical grasses.75. they were also able to correctly classify the fish according to their geographic origin.759%). Thomas et al. while typical d13C mean values of C3 plants may be −26/−28‰. .82 Dempson and Power83 examined the potential of using stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen 13C and d15N) by isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) to identify escaped farmed Atlantic (d salmon.204%).51. Moreover. d13C of individual FA.63) and 15N (0. since the physical properties of molecules containing heavier isotopic forms are different. N2. In addition. such as CO2.89%) and 13C (1. Samples of muscle tissue of wild salmon were significantly more enriched in nitrogen (d15N: mean = 12. Using the d15N of choline and the d18O of total oil.6 Stable Isotopes The variation in the abundance of the stable isotopes of carbon.81 This is because the 13C/12C ratio depends almost exclusively on the photosynthetic mechanism used by the plants for CO2 fi xation. and C22:1n-9) together with the overall isotope ratio 2H/1H of the fish oils and three deuterium molar fractions obtained by site-specific natural isotope fraction studied by NMR (SNIF–NMR). Differences in the 15N/14N ratio also result essentially from diet. and 18O (0. N2O and CH4 exhibit wide isotopic variation. Bell et al. the abundance of stable isotopes varies among different compounds.80 The natural isotopic abundance largely varies depending on the chemical forms. C16:1n-9. The isotopic abundances in animal tissues and animal food products are the summation of the feeds ingested throughout all their life. a kinetic fractionation occurs. the higher the proportion of the heavier isotope. Since a molecule containing heavier isotopic forms has stronger chemical bonds.50 were also able to correctly classify Atlantic salmon according to their geographic origin and production method by using four FA compositions (C16:0. the 13C/12C ratio for both milk fat and cheese protein give information on the type of forage fed to the cows.79 Carbon exists as two stable isotopes: 12C (abundance 98. SD ± 0.23‰) than the aquaculture specimens. although many broadleaf plants are also C4). C18:1n-9. depending on their diet and their position in the trophic chain: the higher its position in the trophic chain. and they reflect both significant isotopic fractionation by microbes and the different biological substrates producing these gases. Some atmospheric gases. A significant kinetic fractionation is already found in the initial fi xation of carbon dioxide in photosynthesis: the isotopic signature of C3 plants (plants that form a three-carbon compound as the first stable intermediate in the incorporation of CO2. exhibit limited variation.

2 SNIF–NMR and IRMS Two methods are used to assess stable isotopes: SNIF–NMR and IRMS. 14. as follows: d = (R sample/R standard − 1) × 1000‰. and d15N of the glycerol choline fraction of flesh phospholipids. All international standards are .48 NMR techniques have been described previously. 14.6.88 Stable isotope ratios are expressed in delta (d) notation with measurements consisting of parts per thousand difference (‰) between the isotopic ratio of a sample relative to an international standard. thus hydrogen is introduced as H2. and oxygen isotopes. The element is converted to a gaseous form to be analyzed by the mass spectrometer. Interestingly. For example. whereas IRMS can be applied to all except 12 elements. The research of Sweeting et al.Analytical Methods to Differentiate Farmed from Wild Seafood ◾ 225 d13C and d18O of total muscle oil. Molkeltin et al. a flight tube with a magnet. The gas is introduced in the mass spectrometer and is ionized by removal of an electron in the ion source. The ionized gas is then introduced in the flight tube under vacuum or carried by helium. The instrument consists of an ionizing source. and stored in glass desiccation vials until analyzed.6. carbon as CO. experimental duration. Usually.86 To facilitate comparisons between specimens with differing lipid contents. Enriched samples contain relatively more of the heavier isotopes. and commercially farmed Atlantic salmon measuring d13C and d15N by IRMS in raw fillets. and oxygen as CO2. the paths of isotopic species are deflected by the magnet by an angle that is a direct function of their mass over charge ratio. the d15N values of heart and liver were also affected by environmental temperature. for nitrogen 15N:14N). it must not be washed in the laboratory after collection (which may alter the O and H profile of the sample). However. such as carbon. since these authors assessed the effects of body size. and so on. nitrogen. The assumption that fractionation was independent of body mass was upheld for muscle and heart tissue but not for liver. and a detector to measure the different isotopic species.84 has helped to understand the nitrogen isotopic variations in fishes. the collected tissue samples are dried at a constant temperature of approximately 50°C for 48 h. pulverized to a fine powder using a ball mill grinder.1 were able to differentiate wild. are typically determined with a gas isotope rationing mass spectrometer. ground tissue is used in the simultaneous analysis of stable C and N isotopes.1 Sample Preservation It is very important not to contaminate the sample during handling. probably reflecting the metabolic functions of these tissues and their associated turnover rates. d13C values are normalized for lipid content following techniques developed by McConnaughey and McRoy87 and validated by Kline et al. respectively (for carbon 13C:12C. The C and O isotopic profiles of fish tissues may be altered if CO is used for stunning or killing. organic.85. Approximately 1 mg of dried. nitrogen as N2. where R is the heavy:light isotopic ratio of the sample or standard. and environmental conditions on fish tissue. The light elements. An advantage of SNIF–NMR over IRMS is that it produces a distinct isotopic fingerprint giving information on the frequency of each isotope in a given molecule and the position of the isotope in the molecule. whereas IRMS gives only an average value of the isotopic forms in the molecule. and the abundance ratios of the heavy and light isotopic species are then calculated. the ions are finally detected at the detector. SNIF–NMR can only be applied to the few isotopomers possessing spin.

Thirteen elements were shown to be the most diagnostic.226 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis set at 0‰ by convention. Recently. and price.. Multivariate analysis showed that differences in elemental composition in the muscle between Japanese and imported clams were mainly due to two factors: Factor 1. The origins of farmed and wild eel collected from different regions in Japan. lead. farmed and wild specimens of the same species have different geographic distributions. and often the geographic origin of both farmed and wild seafood may be of relevance for its safety.95 By using ICP-MS analysis the sensitivity in the determination of rare trace elements can be increased from the nM to pM level. attributable to manganese and vanadium levels. in particular since the analysis may detect contaminants at the pM level. The first step in the analysis is the digestion of the sample: 0. were shown to be of relevance to determine the origin of eels. cadmium. such as uranium. have been used to differentiate the geographical distribution of origin of farmed Japanese eel. copper. All implements and containers should be cleaned with 0. Biochemical analytical techniques using multiple elemental analysis. Taiwan. in addition to DNA-based species identification techniques.7. The . handling. attributable to cobalt.1–1 g of tissue samples are placed into 50 mL Teflon tubes and 8–16 sample volumes of a mixture of concentrated trace-metal-grade nitric acid/hydroperoxide mixture (5:3) is added. Carbonate rock from the Pee Dee Belemnite formation89 and nitrogen gas in the atmosphere90 are used as the standards for carbon and nitrogen.92–94 Otolith chemistry is useful for identifying the natal origin and assessing the relative contribution of different nursery areas to mixed adult stocks. with the exception that clams from Miyagi had high arsenic content.91 In the case of fish.5 M nitric acid and rinsed with Milli-Q ultrapure deionized water. and it must be accurately weighed with a microbalance. quality. and analysis. The sample may be stored in a centrifuge tube at a temperature of −40°C or lower until analyzed. Korea. 14. Each sample should be separated from the tissues using ceramic knives and scissors and Teflon-coated tweezers to avoid contamination of metals. unpublished data) examined the trace element composition of the muscle and shell of littleneck clams collected in Japan. and strontium levels and Factor 3.7 Trace Element Fingerprint Sometimes. and they found distinct patterns for each of the three origins. 14. Thus. multivariate trace elemental analysis is expected to be helpful in determining whether the fish was farmed and its geographic distribution. otolith chemistry is used as a recorder of time and environmental conditions.1 Sample Preservation As for stable isotope analysis. cadmium and arsenic levels in the muscles of clams from China and Korea were higher than those of clams from Japan. it is very important to avoid contaminating the sample during sampling. In addition. as well as vitamin K and its metabolites. Therefore. and vanadium. and China. respectively. false labeling problems were encountered in which imported live Japanese eels from Taiwan were illegally sold as being of Japanese origin. multiple elemental analysis could also be used in this case to identify imported clams from China and Korea. Multivariate trace elemental analysis is increasingly used as a technique to differentiate the geographic origins of foodstuff. and China were compared by analyzing the trace and heavy metal contents in the muscles to determine the differences among the fish farms for cultured eels and also to identify the river where wild eels had been caught. The same research group (Yamashita et al. Rare trace elements taken from the environment.

and the resulting digest is a clear liquid with a yellow tint. a calibration blank and calibration standards are used as surrogate test samples after every 10 analyses. Acknowledgments This work was carried out with the financial support of the EU-STREP Project Sigma Chain: “Developing a Stakeholders’ Guide on the Vulnerability of Food and Feed Chains to Dangerous Agents and Substances” Contract No FOOD-CT-2004-506359. an internal standard mixture is added. much of the astaxanthin used in fish feed nowadays is produced from cultured microalgae or from krill. and ionization. there might be specific requirements that may be targeted to identify the production method. and the ion information is processed by a data handling system.3′S) that does not occur naturally and can therefore be used as a marker for farmed salmon. Canada). but although the diet of wild salmon contains astaxanthin. atomization. and Bi. the total mercury concentration is determined by cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry.Analytical Methods to Differentiate Farmed from Wild Seafood ◾ 227 digestion may be carried out by placing the tubes in a microwave oven (for example. The ions are extracted from the plasma through a differentially pumped vacuum interface and are separated on the basis of mass-to-charge ratio by a quadrupole mass spectrometer that has a minimum resolution capability of 1 atomic mass unit (amu) peak width at 5% peak height. Y.42. 14. the instrument is recalibrated. Japan). the use of carotenoids is allowed. the samples are diluted to a final volume of 50 mL in Digitube (SCP Science. Afterwards. For the determination of mercury. and stored at room temperature until use. the Norwegian Research . For internal standardization. If the measured concentration deviates from the true concentration by more than 10%. the mass calibration and resolution are checked using diluted metal solutions as standards. In.7.98 However. To initiate the proper operating configuration of the instrument and data system. Perkin-Elmer). To verify that the instrument is properly calibrated on a continuous basis. Tb.2 ICP-MS Multielement determination of trace elements is usually measured by inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS).98 making this approach more unreliable than it used to be.96 Samples digested as described above are introduced by pneumatic nebulization into a radio frequency plasma. and the last 10 samples are analyzed again. where energy transfer processes cause desolvation. five internal standards are used: Sc. In the farming of salmon for example. Each solution (5 mL) of the microwave samples is applied to the atomic absorption spectrophotometer. 14. which suffers from severe memory effects.97 using an automatic mercury analyzer (Hiranuma HG-200. Multiwave 3000 Microwave Oven. Ions transmitted through the quadrupole are detected by continuous dynode electron multiplier assembly. most artificial feeds contain a mixture of canthaxanthin and astaxanthins of different origins (both natural and synthetic). Analysis by chiral chromatography can be used to identify a chiral form (the meso form 3R.8 Other Methods Depending on the species.

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..............................247 15.....4 Role of Volatile Compounds of SF in the Aspect and Color ..........2 Role of Volatile Compounds of SF in the Flavor ..........................................6........8...........................6 Organoleptic Roles of Volatile Compounds of SF .........................................................................2 Smoke Flavoring Process .. 246 15....................... Thierry Serot..9.............................................................. 234 15...................249 15...... 239 15.............................................2 Extraction and Analysis Methods of PAH in SF and Seafood Treated by SF ............................2.............................1 European Regulations on PAH Found in SF ..............3 Use of Smoke Flavorings ........................................... 248 15.......... 236 15...........................................241 15..6...............................................................................................6.........................5 Role of SF Process Parameters in Volatile Compounds Generation ...........2 Smoke Oils ................ 238 15...........................1 Role of Volatile Compounds of SF in the Odor ................................................. 246 15.....................................1 Liquid Smokes.................................3 Role of Volatile Compounds of SF in the Texture ................................ and Carole Prost Contents 15.............Chapter 15 Smoke Flavoring Technology in Seafood Vincent Varlet.................9 Legislative Aspects.........................2...................... 248 15..........................2.........................................................................249 15..............4 Smoke By-Products ...............................7 Role of Volatile Compounds of SF in Preservation ............2...............................................................1 Introduction .............................. 237 15............................................................1 Properties and Toxicology ..8 Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons............................ 237 15..................................... 237 15............................ 245 15...249 233 .........................................4 Chemical Composition of Liquid Smokes .....8........................................ 240 15.............. 234 15.................... 241 15..............6..............................3 Smoke Powders ............

.. aqueous solutions.... This kind of smoke flavoring (SFs) appears as an alternative to the smoking process as it is carried out in Europe. Coupled to salting and drying steps.... and their uses in the seafood industry are increasing........... which give rise to new perspectives in the food industry [3].... It also allows the reduction of the PAH final concentrations........... Today. 15.....) with a wide range of organoleptic qualities........234 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 15.. The combustible gases are recycled and directed to the furnace................. and marple.... The heavy oil by-products.... are recycled and directed also to .... the smoking process has two main inconveniences: the production of carcinogenic contaminants—polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)—during the incomplete pyrolysis of wood used to produce smoke and the release of smokes in the atmosphere.... or concentrated...... However...... wood smoke phenolic components are known to be antioxidants............. The gaseous smoke can be cooled down by water or by organic solvents.........251 15.... Moreover................... Simultaneously.. the use of liquid smokes avoids the release of smokes.. a water-soluble phase................... and reduced risk of accidents due to fire...... etc.. the crude smoke condensates are separated in three phases: a water insoluble heavy oil by-products phase......2 Smoke Flavoring Process The first liquid SF was developed and patented by the Kansas pharmacist Wright in the late of nineteenth century [2]. wood smoke imparts desired organoleptic characteristics such as smoky flavor..250 15........... the use of SF allows an easier storage (SF bottles versus wood logs)....1 Introduction Smoking is the oldest food preservation technique. allows a better control of PAH in the final product..... liquid smokes are commercialized since the end of the nineteenth century... Indeed...... a better preservation of the combustible... However.2 European Regulations on PAH Concentration in Food Treated by SF ... The fractionation of smoke condensates allows obtaining a high diversity of SFs (powders...... and a water insoluble tar phase.... and provides a higher diversity of smoked food [1]. This industrial process leads to more homogenous products smoked with a repeatable intensity and provides an easier cleaning of the smokehouse................. The main woods used for smoke production are oak.1.. Indeed....9..... Wood sawdust is pyrolyzed in a furnace with low oxygen content....... the legislation and the organoleptic quality of SF and products treated by SF constitute critical points that show the necessity of better improvement and harmonization of this technology.. the chemical composition of soft woods is responsible for the generation of higher quantities of contaminants as PAH.................. SFs are widely used in the meat industry........... oils.............. mainly hard woods...... purified. After condensation.10 Conclusion ........ In United States where 75% of smoked foods are treated by liquid smokes. especially thanks to the industrial benefits brought about by their use. that is........ between 20% and 30% of European smoked food is treated by liquid smokes....... beech..... SFs are obtained by the condensation of wood smoke and can be further fractionated. hickory. By comparison with the smoking technology................. it allows decreasing microorganism activity........ obtained after a settling out time (several days) of the smoke condensates in the settling tank... A simplified version of SF processes is presented in Figure 15..250 References ....... The smoke is filtered to eliminate particules and condensed..

1 Diagram of fabrication of SFs. ◾ 235 .Condensing tower Filter stage two Settling tank Oil exchange system Filter stage one Dryer/blender Further processing Aqueous smokes Recycled combustible gases Smoke oils Patented furnace Recycled heavy oil by-products Smoke powders Wood dust by-products Smoke Flavoring Technology in Seafood Figure 15.

and buffered aqueous flavors. smoke oils. This form of SF is especially used for the smoky taste that it confers to the food. 15. They are presented in Figure 15. smoke powders. Aqueous flavors. They can be employed in sauces or marinades of seafood products. They are especially used when the final water rate in the treated food must be low. Therefore.2. can be used directly or diluted for applications requiring lower concentrations [4]. buffered aqueous flavors are partially neutralized or buffered aqueous flavors. However. Finally. The water-soluble phase leads to primary smoke condensates (PSC). smoke condensates obtained from PTF and PSC are named primary smoke products (PP). Soluble aqueous flavors are aqueous flavors that contain an emulsifier such as polysorbates. These products have a pH greater than 4 and can also be added to the brine.2. allowing better water solubility. the furnace because they cannot be used for human consumption. a purified extract of the high-density water insoluble tar phase can be used for the production of SFs and is called primary tar fraction (PTF). . soluble aqueous flavors.2 SFs from primary products.1 Liquid Smokes Different kinds of liquid smokes are available: aqueous flavors. flavors) and also the characteristic aspect and color of smoked food. separation. They are used when intermediate product dispersion is required as in brine. concentrates of liquid smokes. or drying/blending of these PP. due to their low pH.236 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Smoke extracts Smoke distillates Primary products Liquid smokes Smoke oils Aqueous flavours Soluble aqueous flavours Concentrates of liquid smoke Buffered aqueous flavours Smoke powders Figure 15. They are employed to confer smoky organoleptic qualities (tastes. Different SFs (liquid smokes. Concentrates of liquid smokes consist of concentrated versions of aqueous flavors and require lower usage quantities. or smoke by-products) can be obtained after different steps of filtration.

We must distinguish dry salting and wet salting.2. Smoke extracts are produced by way of more or less selective extraction of smoke constituents directly from the smoke aerosol (by countercurrent circulation of water or organic solvents) or from the PP. Indeed. SFs for herring. However. 15. Smoke powders can also be rehydrated and used in brine as liquid smokes. smoke oils can be only used in preparations such as taramas. and so forth. generally forbidden in seafood industry according to the countries. They are less acidic than aqueous flavors and allow to exhibit more complex smoky tastes. because smoke oils are especially employed in food preparations such as emulsions. The final composition of smoke powders must be known in order to avoid the presence of allergens or other nonrequired additives such as nitrited salts. Smoke distillates are obtained by the fractionating distillation of PP.3 Smoke Powders Smoke powders are obtained by blending liquid smokes and dry powder carriers such as maltodextrines or barley and corn flours and drying them [5].Smoke Flavoring Technology in Seafood ◾ 237 15. . Therefore. hundreds of smoke by-products are available. The distillation is commonly performed with steam water at atmospheric pressure. in seafood industry. A reaction between the phenolic compounds of SFs and these nitrited salts or powders can lead to a nitrosation and to nitrophenols. Today. are present in the market. 15. or fish oils. salmon. Therefore. smoke powders are mainly used to confer smoky tastes to the final product.2 Smoke Oils Smoke oils are made by blending liquid smokes with vegetable oils.4 Smoke By-Products Smoke by-products are constituted by smoke extracts and smoke distillates [6]. As smoke oils. These smoke powders can be added to salt used for salting steps or to dehydrated sauces or soups elaborated from seafood products. but their uses are specific to a food: smoke aromatic preparations can be produced to treat certain kinds of meat and cannot be used for fishes for example. smoke powders used in the meat industry should be different from those used in seafood industry in order to avoid nitrited salts in seafood treated with smoke powders. whereas liquid smokes are used for the characteristic smoky odor and color of smoked products. it is very important to consider the salting step made with common salt mainly authorized for seafood and the curing technology made with a salt treated by nitrite and nitrate authorized for meat. fish sauces. As seafood emulsions are not very common. Smoke by-products constitute more complex SFs. Consequently. These molecules can increase the generation of carcinogenic nitrosamines. the liquid smokes and smoke powders can be added to salt or in brine but not smoke oils. consequent to the reaction between amino acids and nitrite. these SFs are not used much in seafood industry. their uses are really characteristic of a product and cannot be employed for a wide variety of food due to their typical organoleptic qualities. the organoleptic qualities can vary in a high range changing the food matrix. Nitrited salts. smoke manufacturers can control their products and can create smoke by-products whose uses are recommended for a kind of fish. Dry salting (or dry curing if nitrited salts are used) is made with dry salt deposited directly on food. Wet salting (or curing if nitrited salts are used) is made with brines spread on food or in which the food is dipped. most frequently in 90:10 (v/v) proportions. Consequently. can be added to the smoke powders used in the meat industry to improve simultaneously the storage of food and to confer smoky characteristics to the final product.2. Therefore.2.

) are dependant of the dilution of SFs in water according to proportions varying between 20% and 25% for SFs and 75% and 80% for water. vaporized liquid smoke is similar to real wood smoke.3 Use of Smoke Flavorings There are four techniques to incorporate or deposit SFs in or on seafood products: showering. atomization of SFs consists in the vaporization of liquid smokes. because the products are immersed in the SFs solution instead of pouring the SFs solution on the products. products treated by liquid smoke atomization are considered as flavored and not smoked. the synthetic SFs created are not sufficiently similar to real wood smoke or to SFs. especially in the labeling of the smoked products. meat treated by this process is considered as smoked but « smoked by liquid smoke » must appear on the package. which can be injected into the product as for the salting step. From a physical point of view. In France. and atomization. Indeed. The progress made during the last decades in elucidating the chemical composition of wood smoke gave rise to attempts aiming at producing SF. Soluble aqueous flavors or buffered aqueous flavors are mainly used. because to guarantee the homogeneity of the SFs during the treatment and to prevent the settling out of smoke condensates in water. SFs can be incorporated directly with the ingredients during the formulation or through injection needles when the shape of the product cannot be modified. mainly liquid smoke concentrates on the products in a smokehouse. that is. Drenching/soaking is the opposite of showering technique. composed entirely of synthetic compounds or partly from a liquid smoke base [7]. taste. Finally. SFs are so easy to produce that it would not be profitable to create synthetic SFs when natural ones are available at a cheap price. 15. The final organoleptic qualities (color. but aqueous liquid smokes are the most used SFs in this technique. direct addition. However. which carries a particulate or dispersed phase [8]. Indeed. Showering is a technique currently used in North America. Diluted SFs fall by gravity through perforated plates on the hung products. drenching/soaking. Direct addition consists in the incorporation of SFs during the fabrication of the food products. liquid smokes are also employed in the curing brine. Smoke powders are preferred when water use is impossible as in dehydrated mixes. They provide a better water solubility and prevent the heterogeneity of layer formation on the product surface or the product separation during storage. in numerous European countries. Water-based composed SFs such as soluble aqueous flavors or buffered aqueous flavors are commonly used in this technique. This difference constitutes a critical point in the liquid smoking status. The mist generated is composed only by small droplets and there is no gaseous phase. between 15 and 20 mm. and this technique appears as an alternative to the smoking process. Products are dipped in SFs solution for short periods (from 5 to 60 s). The mist obtained is constituted of small droplets with a similar size as in real wood smoke. wood smoke is composed by a gaseous phase formed by the most volatile compounds. etc. Besides. from the granulometry point of view. SF is sprayed with air under pressure through special nozzles and forms a wood smoke mist in the cell of smoking. Therefore. there are different carriers of SFs. especially used for meat products. According to the final product. an emulsifier must be added in the SFs. the composition of liquid smoke mist is not similar to real wood smoke. Smoke oils are preferred for lipidic emulsions or lipidic sauces. Liquid smoke solution is therefore recycled and filtered and the concentration is readjusted. Other devices have been optimized in order to generate a similar physical composition of . but it is also employed in the seafood industry.238 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis The development of synthetic SFs must be also noticed. However.

In fish smoking. water. Hemicellulose pyrolysis leads to furan and its derivatives and aliphatic carboxylic acids. Finally. hence the high acidity of liquid smokes. Hardwoods lead to G/S and G/P ratios. which decompose to form alpha cellulose and provide a higher amount of PAH. The moisture control is essential. The adjustments are carried out on the flow of liquid smoke from the tank owing to a temporization on the liquid admission and on the flow of air under pressure. wood moisture. This step must take into account the initial water rate of the raw material and the composition of the final product. the drying step is necessary to prepare the surface of the fillets. and various anhydroglucopyranoses (mostly levoglucosans) [11]. The SF is sprayed on a surface at high temperature. The pyrolysis of cellulose initiates the hydrolysis of glucose followed by dehydration to 1. acetic acid. the methods of production and the possibilities of applications of SF are very wide. airflow. The role of pyrolysis parameters as pyrolysis temperature. Indeed. furanones. In seafood industry. The thermal decomposition of pentosans provides a higher amount of furans than hexosans. Therefore.Smoke Flavoring Technology in Seafood ◾ 239 wood smoke with liquid smoke atomization. A high knowledge of the biochemical composition of the wood used and the parameters of the combustion are essential to generate SF. The compounds generated from hemicellulose pyrolysis depend on the nature of the wood. first to control the drying of the product and second. a good knowledge of the food matrix to be treated is required to apply SF in the best conditions and to reach the expected organoleptic qualities controlled by SF chemical composition. of 1. Glucuronic acids decompose to carboxylic acids. Similarly. The surface must present a beginning of protein coagulation. liquid smoke atomization is the most used technique of SF.5 and 2. Important moisture favors the smoke penetration and strong smoky organoleptic characteristics. to favor the deposition of smoke components. lignin thermal decomposition provides compounds considered as most important for the smoke flavor. respectively. which confers a subtle glossy and sticky aspect. furfural and homologues. and sometimes small quantities of furans and phenolic compounds. The wood polysaccharides lead to methanol. it creates a gaseous phase. and air moisture are also essential in the SF final composition. methanal. but the optimization of the parameters to have a similar particulate or dispersed phase is not easy. which favors the vaporization of SF [9]. ventilation must be planned in order to reduce the moisture. acetaldehyde.6-anhydroglucose (betaglucosan) and finally to acetic acid and its homologues. hemicellulose in hardwood (nonconiferous woods) is mainly constituted by pentosans whereas hemicellulose in softwood (coniferous woods) is mainly composed by hexosans. Therefore. hence the limitation of the use of softwoods for smoking. whereas weak moisture gives to the product a good color but a weaker smoky taste.4 Chemical Composition of Liquid Smokes The chemical composition of SF depends on the composition of the wood raw material used and especially the relative amounts and structure of its main components: two polysaccharides namely cellulose and hemicellulose and lignin. such as alkyl phenolic compounds and derivatives like phenolic ethers with methoxy groups in ortho position (guaiacol derivatives. hydroxyacetaldehyde. According to the liquid smoke used. The volume of liquid smoke mist is controlled by the number of nozzles and the smokehouse size. The SF composition can be complexified by the addition of spices and aromatic herbs [10]. The smokehouse must be hermetically closed during atomization. formic acid. The pyrolysis of lignin can also lead to alkyls aryls . The main characteristics that permit the differentiation of hardwoods and softwoods are the guaiacol:syringol (G/S) and guaiacol:phenol (G/P) ratios. predominant in softwoods) and in para position (syringol derivatives predominant in hardwoods). 15.

and trimers [12]. the wood granulometry and moisture. the diversity of settings of pyrolysis parameters can explain the diversity of organoleptic volatile compounds and the diversity of qualities of SF.22]. with a lower water rate than that in softwood. According to the pyrolysis process. Therefore.19]. The manufacturer can choose SF according to the required result on the organoleptic characteristics of the final product. Indeed. the pyrolysis temperature. because their contents in smoke or in food increase from 400°C to 1000°C.5 Role of SF Process Parameters in Volatile Compounds Generation Except the wood type that influences the smoke quality strongly [15]. An optimal moisture is planned in the industry between 17% and 20%. As the best pyrolysis temperature to obtain the required volatile compounds are between 380°C and 500°C.18. and phenolic compounds [10. A temperature of 450°C–500°C was reported to lead to the best composition for the creation of carbonyls. steps of SF purification through filters or apolar solvent washes are often required to decrease the PAH levels. For example. and humidity of air constitute key parameters of SF composition. The rate of carbonyl compounds increases gradually with the temperature from 200°C to 600°C. Then. The air velocity indirectly influences the SF composition by the modification of pyrolysis temperature or smoke temperature [21. Air moisture is also very important and must be set in adequation with air velocity to keep the water rate constant in the air during the combustion. is recommended because it burns slower. the velocity. lignin dimers. because it plays a role in the pyrolysis temperature. Wood granulometry can also influence SF composition. The combustion is faster when the granulometry of the wood raw material is important [23. From 200°C to 600°C. whereas a rate between 20% and 30% has been reported as optimal to reduce the emission of particules [11]. The rate of acids is higher for temperature lower than 300°C and decreases after 300°C with the increase in temperature. exothermic reactions of pyrolysis of wood components occur between 200°C and 250°C for hemicellulose. Due to their . whereas syringol quantity is tripled. but they have a weak impact on the smoky flavor of SF and food processed with SF [13]. A slow combustion is reached with weak air velocity.240 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis ethers from lignans. the furannic derivatives. and 400°C for lignin [17]. Lower concentrations of oxygenated compounds have been found to be caused by an oxygen depletion during combustion [20]. The generation of volatile compounds is dependent on the wood pyrolysis temperature [16].24]. between 280°C and 320°C for cellulose. and the enolones derivatives [14]. differences can be observed depending on the molecules. Therefore. phenol amount is multiplied by two between 450°C and 650°C. A step of filtration is almost obligatory to avoid these contaminants. a lower temperature is reached and allows increasing the generation of smoke volatile compounds and minimizing PAH formation. known as the smoky skeleton of SF. different groups of compounds are formed. furannic compounds. it seems difficult to generate the desired organoleptic volatile compounds without PAH contaminants. The high moisture allows to reduce the wood combustion efficiency. the main organoleptically active volatile compounds generated during the pyrolysis process can be sorted in three groups of molecules: the phenolic compounds. However. The wood moisture appears as the second important parameter [20]. 15. The use of hardwood. PAH must also be surveyed. After the water release (close to 120°C–150°C). the quantity of phenolic compounds increases with a maximum close to 500°C and decreases after 500°C.

The medium-boiling fraction (91°C–132°C) composed of isoeugenols. taste. the diversity of SF causes diverse consequences on the texture.1 Odorant Thresholds of Various Phenolic Compounds Phenolic Compounds Phenol o-Cresol m-Cresol p-Cresol Guaiacol 4-Methylguaiacol 4-Ethylguaiacol 4-Vinylguaiacol Vanilline Syringol Eugenol Ethylvanilline Odorant Thresholds in Water (μg/L) 5900 650 680 55 3–21 90 50 3 20–200 1850 6–30 100 References [25] [25] [25] [26] [25] [25] [27] [26] [25] [25] [26] [25] . 15. These observations have been recently corrected [14.33.1) [14. The role of syringol is important.6. but it may not be the main contributor to wood smoke flavor. guaiacol.6 Organoleptic Roles of Volatile Compounds of SF 15.2). Similarly. Table 15. and alkylguaiacol may also contribute to imparting a smoky flavor to smoked fishes [13. making them odorant at low concentrations. odor. cresols. Some of them have very low odorant thresholds. two main classes of odor-impact molecules can be defined: phenolic compounds and carbonyl compounds. Phenolic compounds are known to constitute the odorant “smoky” skeleton of wood smoke and smoked fish.29]. color. Phenolic compounds of medium volatility have been considered as the most important odorant molecules. syringol.1 Role of Volatile Compounds of SF in the Odor Even if the concentrations of odorant volatile compounds in SF can be various.Smoke Flavoring Technology in Seafood ◾ 241 chemical composition. A much more complex mixture of compounds is responsible for the characteristic aroma of smoked fishes [35]. Phenolic compounds of low-boiling fraction (60°C–90°C) composed mainly of phenol. They are the major compounds in SF with a wide range of odorant thresholds (Table 15.28. which gather furannic and enolone derivatives. phenolic compounds are not sufficient to explain the SF role in smoked fish odors. Many studies have indicated that phenolic compounds present in the vapor phase of smoke may be odor-active compounds [30–32]. and methylsyringol has a pure and characteristic smoky flavor [10].34].34] (Table 15. and preservation of the product.

STD MS.75) MS.Table 15. spicy. LRI. spicy/ woody (3) (2) 5 6 (2) 4 4 3 5 6 7 (2) 4 4.74 ± 27. STD MS. burnt. STD MS. spicy Spicy. STD MS. LRI.34 (24.18 ± 37.37 ± 3. roasty Chemical. LRI.53) 8.07 (1. STD MS. LRI MS.33 ± 1. LRI MS.97 23. wood fire. LRI. LRI. STD MS. LRI. Animal. green Cooked vegetable.25 6 (5) 6 7 (4) 7 7 6 8 8 8 Chemical. ink Marine. LRI. STD Cooked. LRI.22 ± 9. STD MS.94 49. STD MS.44 17. milk Smoke. green. earthy. LRI. burnt Smoked.90 (1.2 Odorant Characteristics and Concentrations of the Most Potent Odorant Volatile Compounds in Salmon Fillets Treated by Liquid Smoke Means of Identificationa Mean ± SDe 124.04 7 4 16. milk Cooked/soup.6-Dimethylphenol 1130 . chemical.64 ± 18.45 ± 172. LRI.17 ± 26.62 74. mushroom Cooked.48 ± 8.3-Dimethyl-2cyclopentenone 1052 o-Cresol 1068 p-Cresol 1093 Guaiacol 1110 2. metallic.53 360.24 ± 63.12 42.55 ± 39.27 ± 0.98 20. green Cooked vegetable.4-Hexadienal 904 2-Methyl-2-cyclopenten1-one 920 2-Acetylfuran 925 5-Methylfurfural 970 Phenol 992 Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 2-Hydroxy-3-methyl-2cyclopenten-1-one 1036 2. LRI MS. burnt. chemical Green. LRI.50) 65. potato Cooked potato. green Odorant Attributes Given by the Judgesb Number of Judgesc Average Intensity d 242 ◾ Compounds LRI (DB5) Furfural 859 4-Methylpyridine 865 Furfuryl alcohol 875 2. fatty Roasty. LRI MS.55 ± 9. spicy. STD MS.6-Dimethylpyridine 890 2.63 ± 13. STD MS. vanilla.27 ± 2.

91 36.62 ± 4. spicy. green. burnt Smoke.96 ± 10. clove Green.25 ± 4.15 ± 243.21 ± 7. STD MS.87 ± 1.79 (6. LRI. spicy Spicy.2-Dimethoxybenzene 1147 2.26 ± 1.13 6. LRI. fatty Burnt rubber. LRI MS. clove Sawdust. green.51 ± 18. smoked Candy.12 4.15) 86.3-Trimethoxy-5methylbenzene 243 . LRI MS. spicy. LRI 1160–1180 4-Methylguaiacol 1192 482. green 6 3 11. medicinal 7 4 10.2.24 ± 1. STD MS.95) 8.17 15. STD MS. smoked Cooked vegetable.3.4Trimethylcyclopenten-1one MS MS. LRI. green. LRI.5Dimethylphenol/ (E)-2-nonenal MS. spicy. spicy Oily.3-Dimethoxytoluene 1247 (E)-2-Decenal 1266 3.50 18. LRI MS. LRI. STD MS. LRI MS. STD Cucumber. LRI. smoke.4. LRI.2.15 ± 1.16 ± 5. LRI MS.5-Dimethoxytoluene 1282 4-Ethylguaiacol 1287 Indanone 1307 4-Vinylguaiacol 1330 (E. green. chemical Green.25 ± 10.4-Decadienal 1330 Syringol 1365 Eugenol 1370 Smoke Flavoring Technology in Seafood 4-Propylguaiacol 1382 1400 ◾ 1. earthy 6 (5) 8 7 (3) 7 8 8 8 (5) 7 7 5 4 3 (3) 6 4 (2) 5 5 5 5 (2) 8 6 Ashes.36 1132 MS Cooked. spicy 6 5 17. green.E)-2.82 ± 6.15) (continued) 2.72 44.35 3-Ethyl-2-hydroxy-2cyclopentenone 1140 1. green Spicy.61 ± 22. vanilla. violet.71 (3. vanilla Cooked.85 ± 40.46 Solvent. milk Burnt.86 (2. rotten.49 ± 6. smoke.and 2.97 2. STD MS. LRI. fatty. STD MS. STD MS.

87 ± 2.5-Trimethoxytoluene 1527 4-Allylsyringol 1615 8-Heptadecene 1680 Source: Varlet. The odor given corresponds to the odor detected by the judges during olfactometric analysis for its retention time but not surely due to the compound that we try to identify.55 ± 8. spicy 6 3 Odorant Attributes Given by the Judgesb Number of Judgesc Average Intensityd 244 ◾ Compounds LRI (DB5) (Z)-Isoeugenol 1423 (E)-Isoeugenol 1473 2. LRI. Means of three fillets. V.23 ± 0. STD. rotten 7 4 Spicy.. J. spectrum.Table 15. roasty. LRI Animal. Average intensity of the eight judges is rounded to the nearest whole number.48) 1. LRI MS. and odor description of an identified compound correspond to the retention time. LRI MS. LRI. Food Chem. LRI.2 (continued) Odorant Characteristics and Concentrations of the Most Potent Odorant Volatile Compounds in Salmon Fillets Treated by Liquid Smoke Means of Identificationa Mean ± SDe 7.5 is rounded to 5 and an intensity between 5.. 55. a b c Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis d e Means of identification: MS.77 24. Agric. An intensity between 5 and 5. 9 = very strong odor intensity).5 and 6 is rounded to 6 (1 = very weak odor. STD MS. standard (when the retention time. et al.40 ± 3. spectrum. 2007. mass spectrum (identified using the mass spectra of the compounds).81 ± 11. In micrograms equivalents of dodecane per 100 g of smoked salmon. Number of judges (out of eight) who have detected an odor.39 6. .3. Note: Frequency of detection.35 (20. When only MS is available for identification. chemical 6 4 Smoke. STD MS.68 MS. woody (4) (2) Clove. and odor description of the injected standard of this compound). odor intensity. 4518. roasty 7 4 Burnt rubber. linear retention index (when the LRI of the identified compound corresponds to the LRI in the literature). green. and quantities of odor-active compounds detected by fewer than six judges are indicated in parenthesis. it must be considered as an attempt of identification.

A polyfunctional carbonyl subfraction was isolated from wood smoke and possessed a caramellic/burnt sugar aromatic note [36]. The oils used in smoke oils can soften the smoke aroma. whereas syringol and 4-methylguaiacol showed the same but lower effect than guaiacol [40]. Recently. Synergic or masking effects are possible and make the final odor complex. 4-methylguaiacol perception was superior to that of syringol and guaiacol. Sensory analysis performed on standards confirmed the importance of guaiacol and o-cresol in the smoky flavor and dimethylphenol. However. and isoeugenol in spicy/sweet flavor [41]. 4-methylguaiacol. As for the assessment of the odor. However. For several decades.39]. .3. The taste thresholds of some phenolic compounds were determined [40] and showed a high diversity between the molecules. but taste was not investigated as much as odor. They were isolated early from wood smoke and described as grassy. Two categories of carbonyl compounds can be differentiated: furannic compounds and enolone derivatives. Then. and the odorant contribution of odor-active compounds cannot be the same if the SF is in the form of powders. they may contribute in mixture to the overall odor. Furannic compounds were thought to contribute to soften the heavy smoky aromas associated with phenolic compounds [37. 15. Enolone derivatives are compounds derived from cyclopentenone.Smoke Flavoring Technology in Seafood ◾ 245 Carbonyl compounds have also been reported as contributors to the smoky aroma of wood smoke. the physical state of SF can also influence the aroma. The high-boiling fraction of phenolic compounds (133°C–200°C) was described with an acid and chemical property that was judged of poor quality. More recently. and seem to contribute little to overall aroma. Furfural and homologues exhibit cooked/roasty aromatic notes. Moreover. The determination of the role of SF components in the final product odor is complex due to the odorant interactions that can occur between the odor-active compounds.34]. as the other minor odor-active compounds. or oils. The fractionation of a commercial liquid smoke preparation evaluated by a sensory panel concluded that the phenol fraction was essential but not complete from a sensory standpoint [42]. Concerning the bitter taste.6. the same compounds responsible for the odor should be involved in the flavor that SF confers to seafood. the determination of the effects of compounds of SF on the flavor is complex.38]. Furthermore. if they do not have a strong individual influence. early works performed on individual phenolic compounds have identified the impact of guaiacol on the smoky flavor. sometimes cooked. reactions between liquid smoke compounds and the components of the matrix can occur through Maillard and Strecker reactions. The amino acids from the seafood matrix and the carbonyl compounds from the SF can generate furannic compounds and nitrogen-containing compounds with roasty/smoky aromatic notes [19. phenolic compounds are not the only flavor-active compounds. guaiacol derivatives and more generally the phenolic compounds of low-boiling fraction molecules (60°C–90°C) have been shown to cause the odor.2 Role of Volatile Compounds of SF in the Flavor Phenolic compounds were shown as the major contributors of the smoky flavor [35]. However. it was commonly admitted that syringol derivatives impart a smoky odor and guaiacol derivatives contribute to a smoky flavor. furannic compounds were found to play a role in cold smoke odors of liquid smoke or fishes treated by liquid smoke [14. and very little information is available. because they are not the compounds mainly detected in SF and seafood treated by SF odors by sensory analysis [37]. liquids. The results of this fractionation are given in Table 15.

and the intensity of the process. 15. distilled at 91°C–132°C. furannic compounds could also have an effect on the flavor [43].3 Role of Volatile Compounds of SF in the Texture The texture of smoked products is due to coagulation of proteins. the eventual dilutions of SF.4 Role of Volatile Compounds of SF in the Aspect and Color The color of seafood treated by SF can derive from physical and chemical reactions. which has been reported in wood smoke and smoked meat [41] but not in smoked fishes until now. melanoidines could be created by polymerization through aldolic condensations. 15. phenolic subfraction. the deposition of Maillard compounds leads to a darker color of fish flesh [46]. they could play a role in the inner texture of the product. After scission and dehydration. terpene subfraction. Formaldehyde. 4. 6. histidine. which have brown/yellow characteristic color. 11 = highest value. Other compounds such as enolone derivatives could also play a role in the SF flavor. However. Maillard and Strecker compounds can also be responsible of the color of the smoked product [45]. smoke condensates are colored mainly due to phenolic compounds. Studies on standards have shown that cyclotene was a flavor-active compound [41]. 3.6. A brief drying after smoke absorption can cause a higher level of dehydration and lead to higher amounts of Maillard products. whole liquid smoke. Formaldehyde was shown to react with the amino group of the N-terminal amino acid residue and the side chains of arginine. distilled at 133°C– 200°C. SFs under powder or oil forms do not act on the surface texture. 5. According to their concentrations found in the different SF. cysteine. because they are added in the product during its fabrication.6. can react with proteins. Formaldehyde seems to be involved in the texture of smoked fishes and to be responsible for the layer at the dried surface of fishes [45]. Indeed. 2. and lysine residues [44]. the product must also be placed in a dry and hot ambient atmosphere for short periods in order to favor color formation. 1. These . Their physical deposition of SF on seafood can confer its color to the product.246 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Table 15. However. The acidic aqueous SF can also increase the coagulation of proteins and act on the texture. which can vary from golden yellow to dark brown according to the nature of the wood. In the liquid smoking process.3 Sensory Taste Intensities of Liquid Smoke Fractions Fractionb Taste Property a 1 6 3 1 1 2 7 1 1 2 3 3 2 3 3 4 11 0 0 0 5 4 6 1 0 6 10 1 0 0 Smoke taste intensity Tarry taste intensity Chemical taste intensity Acidulous taste intensity a b Intensity scale: 0 = below threshold. Thus. distilled at 67°C–90°C.

Concerning the antimicrobial effect of wood smoke condensates. Protein-bound lysine. 4-methylsyringol. is considered as a major source of the amino components in such reactions. Carbonyl-amino reactions as Maillard reaction could play a main role in smoked food. because of its terminal amino group. As in odor and flavor. Studies on the antimicrobial activity of some smoke condensates have revealed very variable effects on the growth of microorganisms [50]. the most prevalent essential amino acid in fish. A synergic effect has been shown between high-boiling point phenolic compounds and oxidized phenolic compounds and it prolongs the antioxidant action [44].7 Role of Volatile Compounds of SF in Preservation Smoking process is the oldest preservation technique because of the antimicrobial and antioxidants properties of wood smoke. Therefore. They lead to resinous substances (phenoplasts). alone or in synergy. and 4-vinylsyringol is lower. Finally. and the degrees of reticulation of the molecule vary as a function of time [49]. the glossy aspect noticeable on certain smoked products is the result of reactions between phenolic compounds and aldehydes [48]. it seems that phenolic compounds and carboxylic acids play an inhibitory role. and hydrocarbons are not influential. Coniferaldehyde and syringaldehyde are considered to be irreversibly bound to proteins and to contribute orange tints to the products [24]. The antioxidant activity of guaiacol. could be responsible for most of the antimicrobial properties. which could contribute to product safety by controlling the growth of foodborne pathogens. Among monohydroxyphenolic compounds. the antioxidant properties depend on the radical located in the para position from the hydroxy group as in 4-methylguaiacol. 4-vinylguaiacol. . methylglyoxal. phenolic compounds and carboxylic acids. but a loss in arginine and histidine is also observed. The phenolic compounds can give an electron to stabilize the oxidant molecule and with their ringlike structure and mesomeric forms.24]. phenolic compounds can easily support the lack of electrons. there is a critical concentration that must not be overcome to avoid an inversion of antioxidant effect that can become prooxidant. the activity of compounds must take into account the synergic or antagonist effects in mixture. especially against bacteria [51]. that is why some researchers have concluded the absence of relation between the inhibitory effect of essential oils and their phenolic content. The antioxidant compounds of wood smoke condensates are those with an active phenolic function. However. or 4-propenylsyringol. The polymerization is favored by the heat. The most active compounds are polyhydroxyphenolic compounds such as pyrogallol and resorcinol. The antioxidant behavior is increasing with the temperature of the boiling point of the phenolic compounds [44].Smoke Flavoring Technology in Seafood ◾ 247 compounds give to the final product a brown color. A part of the fi nal color could derive from phenolic compounds with aldehyde function. but no information is available concerning this pathway [47]. Glycolic aldehyde. An oxidant molecule acts by electronic capture and can trouble the preservation of the product by the initiation of lipid oxidation. and 2-oxopropanal are considered to be important color precursors [6. syringol. Carbonyl compounds and esters are nearly not implied. 15. Food industries are working to develop new applications of smoke condensates.

As they can be absorbed by animals.8-dihydrodiol OH B[a]P glutathion conjugate OH OH B[a]P 7. B[a]P is the first PAH whose toxicity and carcinogenicity was assessed from the observations of Sir Percival Plott in 1775 at St Bartholomew hospital of London about cancer of the scrotum of the chimney sweepers. more toxic than light PAHs. These compounds have been studied for several years.3).8. Owing to their lipophilic properties (log Kow between 4 and 7). it is used as the leading substance to illustrate PAH contamination. home cooking and industrial food processes represent the major source of human contamination [55]. particularly smoked food [57.54]. Therefore.248 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 15. In SF. they are considered as environmental pollutants and can contaminate the human feed raw material [53.8 epoxyde OH B[a]P 7. Therefore. especially benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P) [59].10-epoxyde Glutathion S OH OH OH O B[a]P 7. PAHs are generated during smoke production by wood pyrolysis. hence their toxicity (Figure 15.8-dihydrodiol-9. They are considered as carcinogenic contaminants. PAHs comprise fused aromatic rings made up of carbon and hydrogen atoms: up to four fused benzene rings.8-catechol O OH S O COOH O O OH OH OH OH OH O B[a]P sulfo-conjugate B[a]P glucuronide Detoxification products Figure 15. because their catabolism leads to poly-hydroxy-epoxy-PAH suitable for binding to DNA adducts. Hundreds of individual PAHs may be formed and released during the process of incomplete burning of the wood. PAHs are considered as carcinogenic contaminants of processed food [56]. PAHs are formed by the incomplete burning of carbon-containing material. .58]. PAHs can cross the biological membranes and accumulate in tissues. However.3 Benzo[a]pyrene metabolization. which are constituted by less than four benzene rings.1 Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Properties and Toxicology PAHs are well known as being food contaminants and carcinogens [52]. the uses of SF in food industrial processes must be ruled out in order to guarantee food O DNA adducts OH Benzo[a]pyrene:B[a]P OH B[a]P 7.8 15. they are considered as heavy PAHs.

However. Gas chromatography is coupled to mass spectrometry [58. which combines a separation step and a detection step. the maximum levels of B[a]A and B[a]P were set at 20 and 10 mg/kg of liquid smoke. gas chromatography and liquid chromatography are the most used techniques [55]. cause chromatographic coelutions. 15. a liquid–liquid solvent extraction is often used [61–63]. respectively [73]. Purification was especially performed on an alumina or silica column. In the case of liquid matrices as liquid smoke. PSC and PTF. respectively [74]. the concentrations of benzo[a]anthracene (B[a]A) and benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P) must not exceed 20 and 10 mg/kg of liquid smoke. these PAHs were considered as toxic at low levels. The eight heavy PAHs left were shown as being carcinogenic or mutagenic contaminants and gave rise to serious health concern. and stir bar sorptive extraction (SBSE) [68] but not on liquid smokes or seafood treated by SF. . The nature of the SPE cartridge phase is linked to the extraction method and the biochemical composition of the initial matrix. Therefore. to our knowledge. Indeed. a European regulation set the maximum contents of PAH in the primary products (PP) of smoke condensates used for the production of SF. even if they were found in weak quantities. that is. Apolar solvents or mixes of apolar and semipolar solvents are used to extract the maximum of PAHs. they have not been applied to SF or seafood treated by SF. 15.8. or tandem mass spectrometry [70]. flame ionization detector (FID) [60]. because they do not have the same toxicity. such as bidimensional chromatography at the gaseous phase (GC/GC) [71] or liquid phase (LC/LC) [72]. Thus. In the case of solid seafood treated by liquid smoke. Other extraction devices have been developed to investigate PAH in smoked food such as accelerated solvent extraction (ASE) [65]. supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) [66] or solid-phase microextraction (SPME) [67]. In the 1980s. and liquid chromatography is coupled to ultraviolet or fluorimetric detector [59–63]. Among them. purification and/or delipidation steps such as saponification are often applied to reduce the fat matter rate of samples [64]. solid–liquid extraction can be carried out. with a weak toxicity but high concentrations in the samples analyzed.69]. For the separation of the PAHs extracted from SF or seafood treated by SF. the U.2 Extraction and Analysis Methods of PAH in SF and Seafood Treated by SF The quantification of PAHs in SF and seafood treated by SFs is performed in two steps: an extraction step and the analysis step. in Italy.9 Legislative Aspects 15.1 European Regulations on PAH Found in SF In 2003.9. Although all steps are important. it is essential to quantify only the toxictargeted compounds. eight light PAHs were considered as environmental contaminants. Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA) identified a list of 16 PAHs as the most frequently found [60]. but.S. This harmonization was necessary to homogenize the legislation about SFs. Parameters of the chromatographic separation and detection must be adjusted to avoid coelutions with interferences from lipids. but solid-phase extraction (SPE) cartridges are now more frequently employed. For example.Smoke Flavoring Technology in Seafood ◾ 249 safety avoiding PAH contamination. and lead to mistakes in the identification. which can disturb the extraction. In both condensates. Moreover. The extraction step must integrate the composition of the matrix. PAHs are often coextracted with fat matter. the analysis step is the most critical point. the chromatography must be sufficiently efficient to separate isomers of PAH. Several devices are therefore developed to optimize the analysis.

the PAH contamination was only set for B[a]P [77]. it leads to lower PAH contents.250 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis However. The main criticism that can be formulated against SF is the lack of control of the final organoleptic qualities of such processed food.10 Conclusion A wide range of SFs and uses of SFs are now available to flavor seafood products. Indeed. . Therefore. This value is the result of the necessary harmonization between the national laws of European countries [79].63] which justifies controls and regulations. As for SF.03 mg/kg. 0. However.69. this process can also be considered as a flavoring of the surface of the product. Moreover. but it could also initiate an international consideration of labeling of smoked and flavored food. a European regulation set the maximum content of B[a]P in foodstuffs treated by SF at 0. the liquid smoking process decreases the emissions of PAH compounds to the environment. SFs are used in higher quantities than those employed in flavoring processes. The content of PAH in SFs and in the final product can be better controlled than during traditional smoking. it is paradoxical to apply flavoring regulations to the smoking process. Indeed. 15. However. whereas food is treated by SF and not directly by PP. Moreover. Thus.2 European Regulations on PAH Concentration in Food Treated by SF In 1988. atomization of liquid smoke must be lower than 0.03 mg/kg and leads often to noncompliant smoked products. However. 15. Moreover. brown meat of crab. that is.75]. important differences in PAH concentrations are noticeable [57. In this case. Indeed. that is.03 mg/kg.78]. In certain countries such as France.9. as drenching or showering. Therefore. the smoking regulations set a maximum B[a]P value of 5 mg/kg of smoked fishery products and smoked crustaceans. it can lead to problems of labeling. All these benefits could help to reconsider the status of atomization of liquid smoke and the maximum PAH contents related. atomization of liquid smoke in a smokehouse is considered as a smoking process but the maximum level of PAH must not overcome that of flavoring legislation. SFs appear as a safe alternative to smoking techniques. Finally. the vaporization of SF in a smokehouse causes a loophole in the legislation. it is legitimate to wonder if the exclusive monitoring of the B[a]A and B[a]P in PP is adequate to illustrate the PAH contamination of SF. Therefore. because these values were set for PP and not SF. the toxicity of other heavy PAHs was recently demonstrated and the monitoring of these PAHs was recommended by a European regulation published in 2005 [76]. according to the origin of SF and industrial manufacturers. The high maximum values authorized in PP do not seem well adjusted with the weak final PAH contamination of SF. if it is considered as smoking technique. atomization of liquid smoke would constitute the smoking technique. very small amounts. for meat industry. it is necessary to better control the composition of SFs and to improve knowledge about the influence of the pyrolysis parameters (wood nature. Th is fact can be understood by the use of smoke condensates in flavoring quantities. the PAH contamination reached in SF is largely below the values authorized in PP [60. the respective legal B[a]P amount is 5 mg/kg. the 2003 maximum values must be reviewed again. This value is very low compared to those authorized in PP. excluding bivalve molluscs. and head and thorax meat of lobster and similar large crustaceans [76. leading to less PAH contaminated food by comparison with the traditional smoking techniques [80]. Indeed. Nevertheless.

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............... 273 16............................................270 16................................................................. 258 16...3 Lipids .1 Nutritional Aspects ...3 Nondestructive Methods ...........267 16........................ 273 16...............................................................................................................267 16.. 268 16.................................................. Christel Solberg................3..............................................................................1 Introduction .............. 258 16.................................................7.........................................................5 Nondestructive Analysis of Proteins ................................................7 Calories .....................276 References ........................................2 Methods for Determination of Total Lipids ..................275 16.3 Food Composition Tables and Databases ................................... and Rasa Slizyte Contents 16.....................2 Nondestructive Analysis of Total Proximate Composition.......................4 Comparison of Methods .......276 257 .......274 16....4................................................................................................................4 Proteins ......................3............. Ingrid Overrein. 269 16.....................................................................3 Determination of Total Nitrogen ...............................................7........................ 269 16.......3....Chapter 16 Composition and Calories Eva Falch...........................................4................4..........................................4..4.........................274 16.................274 16................... 269 16...................2 Methods for Protein Determination .............5 Determination of Carbohydrate Content ..................1 Nutritional Aspects ...........4 Direct Methods for Soluble Protein Determination ...................................................................................2 Indirect Measurements of Energy....................267 16............270 16..........................................................................................................270 16....................1 Direct Measurement of Energy .............................................................3...........................................7...............6 Determination of Water Content ................

where the weak absorptions enable useful data to be obtained using sample thickness of 1–2 cm of samples such as meat. which involves concentrated sulfuric acid and heavy metal catalysts. proteins. an indium gallium arsenic covers the range 800–1700 nm. The NIR spectrum is defined between the wavelength 800 and 2500 nm. cheese. such as the introduction of partial-least squares (PLS) by Martens in 1982 [3]. and a lead sulfide. The first instruments on the market were filter instruments measuring in reflectance mode. Proximate data on different fish species are collected in databases such as the FishBase (www. making it difficult to use this spectral range before the development of multivariate calibration technology.fishbase. the range 1100–2500 nm. 600.1 Introduction The proximate composition in most fish and shellfish is primarily water. or whole grain. When Williams was running the program for the Canadian Grain Commission. . geographical locations. and minerals [1]. Diff use transmittance measurements are usually carried out in the 800–1100 nm region of the spectrum. Section 16. and easy to perform nondestructive analysis for simultaneous determination of the major components in fish. Nearinfrared spectroscopy (NIR) is the most common method for such analysis and is therefore comprehensively presented in this chapter.5 m per year and a saving for the environment by replacing the Kjeldahl system.258 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 16.7 deals with the different methods to determine and calculate calories in fish and shellfish. In fish meat these constituents make up about 98% of the total mass. NIR has been found to be a reliable. transmitted. the chemical composition of fish generally varies due to seasons. Methods for simultaneous determination of the major components are therefore valuable.org). in this spectral region the spectrum of the transmitted light is very compact and no single peaks are visible. making it possible to measure over the whole NIR spectrum and not only on a small number of selected filters. and then one can perform a linear regression on the principal components. and lipids. and sizes. vitamins. and so on. but the available detectors cover a smaller range. rapid.000 Kjeldahl analyses were conducted per year and incidentally producing 47 ton of caustic waste in the process. However. stages of maturity. by the chemical-free NIR method. analysis should be performed on the specific samples. The NIR radiation interacting with a sample may be absorbed. and the other minor constituents include carbohydrates. the silicon detector covers the range 400–1100 nm. or reflected depending on the interaction with NIR wavelength and physical status of the sample as transparent or nontransparent.1 and further discussed in the text below. the adoption of NIR testing resulted in a total cost saving of CAN$ 2. As well as increased efficiency of the Canadian wheat segregation program. During the 1980s monochromator instruments were developed. to ensure obtaining data on the exact proximate composition. The end result is a calibration equation from which the constituent of interest is calculated from a linear combination of spectral data.2 Nondestructive Analysis of Total Proximate Composition Analysis of each nutrient separately is time-consuming and requires a diverse set of equipments. The development of NIR in food analysis started with the development of analysis of cereal grains and oilseeds in Canada [2]. The spectral data will be reduced by principal component analysis. There are several methods available to analyze the major components in seafood and the main methods along with their advantages and limitations are presented in Table 16. however. 16. Therefore.

133] NIR/NIT Reflection. Calibrations need to be made against reference methods.Table 16. lipids. precise. Different calibrations for different species and organs. nondestructive. nondestructive. [4–6.173] Total body electrical conductivity (TOBEC) May obtain data on water. and can be performed online [17–20. fully automated. or transmission of nearinfrared light (850–1700 nm) Ultrasound Measurement of ultrasonic velocity Rapid. and protein. transflection. can be nonsensitive. water. and protein content noninvasively. The equipments are relatively expensive. Nondestructive and can be used on live fish.172–174] (continued) ◾ 259 . physiological and physical states can affect values of conductivity. Calibrations require skilled personnel.8] For reflectance instruments (surface analysis) some drawbacks such as interference by starch and lipids. displacement of reflectance spectrum by moisture content.1 Overview of the Most Common Methods for Analysis of Proximate Composition in Fish and Fish Products Advantages Drawbacks Selected References Methods Principle Total Proximate Composition Rapid method simultaneously analyzing fat. can be used on live fish Samples are placed in an electromagnetic field and electric conductivity is measured Specific for different species. expensive Few articles on fish composition Need more research Composition and Calories [21. and disturbance by particle size in samples Ultrasonic properties of tissue depend on composition and temperature [11.

fexICA).Table 16.22. nondestructive (See under NMR below) [13–15.57] Excellent for determination of fat and water content or even distinguish lipid classes and water properties. processing) [46] Automatic. Need of sample specific calibrations Weaknesses due to quantification of proteins without combining with destructive methods Drawbacks Selected References Overview of the Most Common Methods for Analysis of Proximate Composition in Fish and Fish Products 260 ◾ Methods Principle Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) Nuclei of atoms in a sample provide spectra when the sample is exposed to a magnetic field Total Lipid Determination Chemical Extractions: Provides high total lipid yield Time-consuming Use of health hazard chemicals Destructive technique Requires well-trained laboratory personnel May discriminate structured fat (such as phospholipids) Requires laboratory facilities Physical and chemical changes might occur during examination Precision level may be dependent on sample (maturity stages of the fish.1 (continued) Advantages Rapid. less exposure to chemicals (compared with manual solvent extraction) No laboratory facilities are required No use of chemicals A simple and inexpensive method [43] Possibilities to further characterize the lipids extracted Requires laboratory facilities [26–31] Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Manual solvent extraction Extraction of minced samples generally using chloroform and methanol as solvent Gravimetric determination Automatic solvent extraction Extraction of minced samples by solvents in automatic systems (Soxhlet. (SoxTech. location of lipids.55. Fosslet. etc. lipid content. the fat content can be calculated theoretically by the formula Fat% = 80 − water % .) Microwave drying The sample is dried and from the water content found.

requires specific calibrations Traditional low-field instruments require withdrawal of homogeneous samples for analysis (invasive) [14–16.55] Fat meters Determination of water by analyzing the dielectric properties using a microwave strip (calculation of lipids as for the drying method). NIR/NIT Transmitted or transflected Near Infrared light (800–1700 nm). nondestructive.22. rapid. processing) Needs to be calibrated for the individual species Most suitable for neutral lipid determination See NIR/NIT above [4–6. and nondestructive and allows in vivo measurements (continued) 261 . easy. may also provide other nutrient data in the same analysis Some portable instruments are available Allows in vivo measurements Expensive.50. The NMR mouse is rapid.Nondestructive Methods: No laboratory facilities are required Precision level may be dependent on sample (maturity stages of the fish.8] [46.51–52] Relatively inexpensive. Low-field NMR See NMR above Composition and Calories NMR mouse ◾ Nondestructive and rapid. and portable Allows in vivo measurements Nondestructive and rapid Broad range of applications. location of lipids. portable (small size). lipid content.

trapping of ammonia. inexpensive to use. safe (no chemical exposure). interference by nonprotein nitrogen compounds. potentially toxic chemicals are used Rapid.1 (continued) Advantages Drawbacks Selected References Overview of the Most Common Methods for Analysis of Proximate Composition in Fish and Fish Products 262 ◾ Methods Principle Protein Determination Proteins Total Nitrogen Determination Widely used internationally. easy to perform. distillation. time-consuming. high precision and good reproducibility. hazardous.133] Direct Protein Determination on Soluble Proteins Rapid. and titration with acid Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Dumas combustion method High temperature combustion and detection of N by thermal conductivity detector [53. Difficult to obtain the accurate protein concentration [53.133] Kjeldahl Sample digestion followed by neutralization. inexpensive to use and sensitive to low concentrations of proteins Limited to soluble proteins Most samples must undergo steps of sample preparation before they can be analyzed. standard method for comparison.Table 16. Absorbance depends on the type of protein analyzed . 74. since all nitrogen in foods is not in the form of protein. and environmentally friendly High initial costs. low sensitivity.67. independent of physical state of sample Does not give a measure of the true protein.120.

technique is less sensitive to protein type: it utilizes absorption involving peptide bonds that are common to all proteins. variation of binding capacity for different batches of commercial grade dyes [68. High amounts of endogenous proteases may cause errors. buffers salts. interference from ammonia. protein-dye complex adsorbs on glass surface.Biuret method (Alkaline copper reagent test) Negligible interference from materials that absorb at lower wavelengths. which react with the Folinphenol reagent.176.131. easy to perform. high sensitivity. Unstable reagents are used. The amount of absorption is proportional to the protein present Color formation and binding depend on proteins present. Absorbance at 540 nm Lowry protein assay Copper(II) ions in alkaline solution react with protein to form complexes.133. no addition of reagents required Low sensitivity.175] High sensitivity and easy to perform Standard curve is nonlinear. depends on amino acid composition 263 (continued) . interference from common laboratory chemicals. detergents [133. color development depends on amino acid composition [67. nondestructive. Other compounds can interfere. easy to perform Relatively low sensitivity compared with other UV-visible methods.177] Composition and Calories Near-UV absorption Measurement of UV absorption (280 nm) [133] ◾ Rapid. and reaction products are detected between 500 and 750 nm Rapid. interference by UV-absorbing compounds (nucleic acids and nucleotides). and internationally accepted Dye-binding (Bradford) method The protein and dye complex causes a shift in the absorption maximum of the dye from 465 to 595 nm.133] A violet-purplish color is produced when copper(II) ions interact with peptide bonds under alkaline conditions.

no addition of reagents required. derivatization. might interfere [90–92.97. multicomponent analysis See NIR/NIT above Strong interference by water. influence by lipids and sample particle size.Table 16. Derivatization agents: OPA: no derivatization with secondary amino acids. complex calibration See NIR/NIT above [133] Infrared absorption Absorption at 780–2500 nm NIR/NIT Transmitted or transflected Near-infrared light (800–1700 nm) . nondestructive. quantifies amino acids.1 (continued) Advantages Rapid. hydrolysis destroys some of the amino acids. nondestructive. and detection of amino acids with UV absorbance. high sensitivity. FMOC: less soluble. fluorescence Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Nondestructive Determination Rapid.96. low dependency of signal response on amino acid composition. chromatographic separation. value for net protein. 108.178] Drawbacks Selected References Overview of the Most Common Methods for Analysis of Proximate Composition in Fish and Fish Products 264 ◾ Methods Principle Far-UV absorption Measurement of UV absorption Highperformance chromatography (HPLC) Hydrolysis. salts) [132. low interference from nucleic acids and nucleotides Interference by oxygen and UV-absorbing compounds (buffer.133] Faster than ion exchange chromatography. option to quantify free amino acids. sensitive Most methods do not include all amino acids.

178] [151] Long analysis time.Water Determination Simple to use and inexpensive equipments required [151] Shorter analysis time compared with air and vacuum drying. Infrared drying Microwave drying Drying by irradiation Dean and Stark method Volumetric analysis of water after boiling in toluene See NIR/NIT above Possible to distinguish between free and bounded water NIR/NIT See NIR/NIT above NMR See NMR above Composition and Calories ◾ 265 . For the microwave method it is possible to analyze many samples simultaneously Risk of overheating [40] Faster than oven drying methods Requires laboratory facilities Uses health hazard chemicals (toluene) See NIR/NIT above Calibrations are needed and knowledge on chemometry is an advantage [152.. Vacuum drying: may be difficult to keep uniform temperature distribution in the oven Air or vacuum drying The sample is dried until constant weight (e. Air drying (101°C) may lead to thermal damage. 12 or 24 h) and water evaporated is determined.g.


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Near-infrared transmittance (NIT) instruments are particularly suitable to the analysis of fish. Generally, the sample has to be minced, and it is usually possible to run several subsamples. The results are averaged to obtain more representative spectral data from the sample. The spectral data are then used to perform multivariate calibrations against the chemical or physical data. The same spectral data will be used against the different selected variables, so one can simultaneously predict, for example, water, fat, and protein content from the same spectral data as accurately as the traditional “wet” chemical methods [4]. To analyze directly on a fillet one needs an interactance probe; this involves illumination and detection at laterally separated points on the sample’s surface. It is normally accomplished using a fiber-optic probe in which one set of fiber-optic bundles carries the incident radiation and another carries the reflected radiation. Due to the striped structure of fish muscle, it is necessary to have a large interactance probe, usually two times 2 cm. With this type of probe it is possible to make analysis directly on the fillet, without previous mincing, but with a slightly lower accuracy [4–6]. Portable instruments are now available [7], and successful results are also obtained for whole fish [5] and for live fish [8]. Instead of a conventional monochromator, instruments are now also made with diode arrays, making it possible to measure the whole spectrum at the same time and in that way reducing the time for measurement, making online analysis possible [8]. NIR absorption will change with temperature and calibration, and NIR measurements must therefore be made on samples with approximately the same temperature [9]. Moreover, the measurements are affected by texture and whether the sample has been frozen and thawed [10,11]. Due to the requirement of extensive sample specific calibrations, the analysis should be performed by skilled personnel [12]; however, once calibrated the analysis is easy to perform. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is another nondestructive technique that enables determination of fat and water, and recent studies have shown that it might be possible to also gain data on protein levels in dried samples [13]. The low-field NMR instruments commonly in use require withdrawal of cylindrical samples of 10–40 mm diameter for analysis [14,15]. The method is fast, accurate, and easy to use when the calibrations are performed. A new handheld portable NMR instrument (NMR mouse) has recently been developed [16,14], and it enables an analysis time of less than 20 s and can even be used in vivo on living fish [14]. Less common methods for nondestructive analysis of proximate composition in fi sh are ultrasound techniques [17–20], the total body electrical conductivity (TOBEC) technique [21], and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) [22]. The ultrasound method is rapid, automated, and can be used online, and empirical equations have been developed to relate the ultrasonic velocity to composition [17]. A weakness in this method is the variations in ultrasonic properties of fi sh tissue due to temperature [17]. For nonfatty fi sh, the solid nonfat content can be determined from a single measurement; however at least two temperatures are suggested during analysis of fat and solid nonfat in fatty tissue [17]. In the TOBEC method the live fish is placed in a low-frequency electromagnetic field, and the distinct electrical characteristics of body fat and fat free tissue provide the proximate data [21]. MRI can provide valuable information on proximate composition and distribution of chemical constituents in fish samples [14]; however, these imaging instruments are expensive and are used primarily in certain research laboratories. Calculation of fat content by measuring the water content is possible with cheap, robust instruments (see below), but they can be used only when the protein content is stable.

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16.3.1 Nutritional Aspects
Marine lipids contain the omega-3 fatty acids such as C20:5n-3 (EPA) and C22:6n-3 (DHA) with well-documented beneficial health effects [23–25]. These fatty acids are found in all parts of the fish and are constituents of different lipid classes such as phospholipids, triacylglycerols, lysophospholipids, partial glycerides, esters, and free fatty acids. Marine lipids are the only source of EPA and DHA, and extraction and utilization of these fatty acids is a major industry. The market shares for higher value applications such as food ingredients, health care products, and medicine are increasing owing to the supply to aquaculture business.

16.3.2 Methods for Determination of Total Lipids
The lipid content in fish can be determined by several different methods varying in efficiency, total lipid yield, accuracy, skill requirement, and cost. The main methods are shown in Table 16.1 ranging from organic solvent extraction, microwave drying, to nondestructive techniques. Fish lipids are generally composed of polar and neutral lipid compounds. Although the triacylglycerols dominate in the lipid classes of fatty fish such as the pelagic species, the phospholipids are the main lipid class in lean white fish species. In addition, other derivatives of fatty acids (partial glycerides, free fatty acids, esters etc.), sterols, fat-soluble vitamins, and carotenoids are found in fish and comprise the large group called total lipids. Chemical methods: Traditional methods for determination of total lipids are generally based on solvent extraction followed by gravimetric determination. The lipid yield obtained is highly dependent on the solvent system, and using a combination of polar and nonpolar solvents it is possible to extract the total lipids and not only the free lipids such as triacylglycerols. Differences in lipid yield among the methods are claimed to correlate with the extraction efficiency of the more tightly bounded polar lipids such as phospholipids [26]. A combination of chloroform, methanol, and water is most often used for manual extraction of total lipids in fish [27,28]. The methanol penetrates the tissue while the chloroform dissolves the fat. The samples are first homogenized and after several extraction steps, followed by evaporation of solvents, the total lipids are gravimetrically determined. The Bligh & Dyer method (B&D) was originally used on fish muscle and less solvent volumes were used compared with the Folch method. A comparison between the Folch and B&D method has previously shown that the B&D method underestimates the lipid yield when the lipid content in fish muscle is above 2%, whereas no significant differences are found at lower levels [29]. Modifications of the B&D method are widely reported in the literature [30,31], although these specific modifications are rarely described in detail [29]. One recent study demonstrated that a modified B&D method using NaCl and electrolyzed cathode water gave higher lipid yield compared with the conventional method [32]. Generally, the crude lipids extracted by B&D compose a broad range of lipid classes, and the method demonstrates a high efficiency in extracting both polar and neutral lipids. However, parameters such as solvent ratio, order of solvent addition, and number of extraction steps are important parameters that affect the lipid yield and might be individually suited for specific sample material differing in lipid class composition. An example is the increased lipid yield obtained when using higher amounts of methanol, which was explained by a better extraction of phospholipids in a study by Smedes and Askland [31].


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Due to the high lipid yield generally obtained by the B&D method, it has been widely used as a reference to test the efficiency of other methods, and it is particularly used in research laboratories. Additionally, this extraction allows the successive characterization of lipids such as lipid classes (tri-, di-, and monoacylglycerols, free fatty acids, phospholipids etc.), lipid oxidation products, and fatty acid composition. Hence, manual extraction is relatively time-consuming, requires laboratory facilities, and the solvents used are toxic to humans and environment. Less toxic solvents are used in some studies [31,33–37] without achieving the same lipid yield as that obtained by using the traditional solvents. Solvent extraction of animal tissues in general and procedures for preparation of samples are comprehensively discussed by Christie [38] and by the same author in the Lipid Library Website (http://www.lipidlibrary.co.uk/topics/extract2/index.htm). Another commonly used method for solvent extraction of fatty fish species is the ethylacetate method [39] without the use of expensive equipment. The method even specifies what part of the fish should be included in the analysis. Ethylacetate has replaced the health-harmful benzene that was used in the early extractions. Among the automatic solvent extraction techniques, the Soxhlet method [40] and modifications of this method have been most widely used for determination of total lipids in fish. The sample is lyophilized before solvent extractions, removal of solvents, and gravimetric determination [41]. Petroleum ether and diethyl ether are the most common solvent used but the use of hexane and acetone are also reported in some studies [41,26]. The original Soxhlet method was developed by Soxhlet in 1879. This was originally a time-consuming method (16 h); however, today, there are more rapid methods available based on the same principle with commercial instrumentation such as the SoxTec equipment. New developments in this field are continuously reducing the analysis time, and a new microwave-integrated Soxhlet may run samples in less than an hour [42]. Lipid content can also be determined without the use of chemicals such as in the microwave drying method. This is a simple and inexpensive method that indirectly calculates the lipid content from the water content analyzed [43]. The principle behind this method is a reported reverse intercorrelation between water and lipid content in clupeid fish [43–45] calculated from the following formula: Fat content% = 80% − water content % [43]. Limitations in this method lie particularly in the lack of fitness of the intercorrelation between water and lipids during different maturity stages for the fish [46] and also variations between different locations in the fish [46–50]. Furthermore, this intercorrelation is affected by processing, particularly heat treatment, that might reduce the water content.

16.3.3 Nondestructive Methods
The intercorrelation between water and lipids in fish is also applied as the principle for the nondestructive portable Fat Meters developed by Kent [44,51–52]. The sample is irradiated by microwaves with a microwave strip, the water is measured by the dielectric properties, and the lipid content is then calculated. These instruments (Fish Fat Meters and Torry Fat Meters) are calibrated for a range of fish species [45], and they are simple to use. However, these methods share some of the same limitations as those in the microwave drying method such as the lack of fitness during spawning, and additionally, the accuracy of the Fat Meters has also been reported to be dependent on the lipid content in the fish [46]. Although the Fat Meter is limited to determining fat and water content, methods such as NIR spectroscopy may simultaneously determine the content of lipids, proteins, and water from the surface of the sample in a few seconds [4,53]. The NMR technique has particularly been applied

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in quantification of lipids in fish [15,46,54–56], and the low-field NMR can distinguish between different lipid classes [57]. When increasing the field strength to high-resolution NMR, a range of different lipid constituents can be detected [58,59]. The ultrasound velocity technique has provided data that enable classification of salmon muscle into low, medium, and high fat [20]. See earlier section in this chapter for further information on these methods.

16.3.4 Comparison of Methods
Nondestructive and rapid techniques are of particular importance for fatty fish such as herring, mackerel, and some farmed fish species. The lipid content in these species usually shows large variation, and analysis results are valuable on board the fishing vessel or processing plant for sorting into groups based on their lipid content. Vogt et al. [43] who compared the lipid yield obtained by Torry Fat Meter, NIR, the microwave method and a modified Soxhlet, found that the NIR- and microwave methods were closest to the reference solvent extraction (R 2 = 0.90). A high correlation (R 2 = 0.96) has been found between ethyl acetate extraction and NIT analysis of whole minced capelin [60], and another study [46] demonstrated a good correlation between NIR and solvent extraction in specific locations of the fish (middle part of fish and fi llet skin side) (R 2 = 0.80–0.93). NMR measurements, in the same study, showed a good correlation with the solvent extraction when the analysis was performed on minced samples. Generally, the solvent extraction techniques obtain the higher yield, which might be explained by the contribution of other lipid classes than triacylglycerols, such as polar lipids and sterols that are not always included in the rapid analyses. However, readings from the Fat Meter have been reported to show higher yield than reference values in samples of herring [61], which might be explained by the variation in the intercorrelation between water and lipids. Th is same study demonstrated a bigger difference between the methods at higher lipid content in the samples. Higher variation between methods are reported when analyzing lean fish compared with fatty fish high in unpolar lipids [26]. The statement of what is the most suitable method for lipid determination is highly dependent on the applicability and what criteria are the most important for the analysis such as accuracy, robustness, time of analysis, use of solvents, and portability, and so on.



16.4.1 Nutritional Aspects
Due to its favorable content and balance of essential and nonessential amino acids, fish protein is regarded to be of high nutritive value. Seafood proteins are also highly digestible, which adds to the understanding that digestibility of raw fish meat is in the range 90%–98% and that of shellfish about 85% [62]. Protein and amino acid requirements vary through life and are generally higher among young growing children compared with adults [63,64]. These nutritional aspects are more comprehensively described in other chapters in this book. Fish and marine invertebrate tissue contains from about 11%–24% (ww) crude protein depending on species, nutritional conditions, and the type of muscle. Although amino acid composition might vary among different types of tissue, there is a high similarity in the same tissue among species as pointed out by Mambrini and Kaushik [65]. The total body composition of amino acids shows high similarity among various cultured fish species [66].

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Methods for Protein Determination

Several of the most important methods for protein determination in food date from the late 1800s (Dumas, Nessler’s reagent, Biuret, Kjeldahl, Folin-Ciocalteau, and Dye binding) [67]. Quantification of total protein in fish and fish products can be determined by total organic nitrogen followed by conversion into crude protein or by a set of direct methods.


Determination of Total Nitrogen

Determination of proteins by analysis of total nitrogen (N) multiplied by a specific factor is a common procedure in fish analysis [68]. The N content of food is commonly determined using the Kjeldahl [69] or the Dumas [70] methods. Kjeldahl includes digestion of material and quantifies only N that is transformable to NH4+ using titration, colorimetry, or an ion-specific electrode [71]. In the Dumas method, all N is converted to N2 through combustion using a nitrogen element analyzer. Generally, the Dumas method gives higher N values than the Kjeldahl method [72–74], and a Kjeldahl-N to Dumas-N ratio of 0.80 for fish has been calculated [71]. The conversion factor for N was originally 6.25, based on average nitrogen content in different proteins of 16%, which might not be suitable for all protein sources, as they vary in amino acid composition. Generally, studies on fish have shown lower values with a more specific conversion factor of 5.8 presented for fish filet [75,76], and a factor of 4.94 (nitrogen to net protein) for protein estimates for fish and fish products are suggested by Salo-Väänänen and Koivistoinen [77]. More specific conversion factors based on the N content in isolated proteins are frequently applied for different categories of food [78]. Salo-Väänänen and Koivistoinen [77] showed that the true conversion factor was 5%–20% lower than the general 6.25 in a line of food products. Moreover, up to 40% variations were found in a comparison study of the 6.25 factor against foodspecific factors or sum of amino acids [79]. These differences indicate a significant contribution of nitrogen from other than amino acids or protein structures. Large amounts of those compounds are found in fish and fish products, probably due to both natural composition and degradation products [77]. These other N contributions might originate from nucleic acids, nucleotides, trimethylamine n-oxide (TMAO), free amino acids, or others. Contributions of N from products such as urea might appear in sharks, skates, and rays. There are, however, options to separate protein N from nonprotein N by precipitation and filtration after solvent extraction if required [80]. The nitrogenous compounds that do not originate from proteins can also be separated using methods such as ion-exchange chromatography (IEC), gas chromatography (GC), thin-layer chromatography (TLC), and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) [81,82].


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Protein is amino acids linked together via peptide bonds, and quantification of these amino acids might give more accurate values for protein estimates [68,77,83]. The term “net protein” is often used for those values that are corrected for added water during analysis. There are options to exclude or include the free amino acids during sample preparations, or they have also been analyzed separately using HPLC methods [84–86]. A more extensive description of various methods and techniques used in protein analyses are covered by Owusu-Apenten [67]. Acid hydrolysis followed by amino acid quantification such as by HPLC [87–90] or the more traditional IEC [89,91–93] are direct and specific methods for protein determination. During IEC, the derivatization of amino acids takes place postcolumn in most methods using, for

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example, ninhydrin [94,89] or O-phthalaldehyde (OPA) [95]. Common derivatization reagents for quantification of amino acids in HPLC methods are OPA [90,96] and 9-fluorenylmethyl chloroformate (FMOC) [96], which are often used in combination with 2-mercaptoethanol, ethanethiol [90], or 3-mercaptopropionic acid [90,96]. An additional derivatization agent 2-(9-anthryl)ethyl chloroformate showed good correlation with the use of FMOC and lower detection limits for amino acids when analyzed in UV absorbance due to better spectral properties of the produced chromophore [97]. Other derivatization reagents are discussed in Sarwar and Botting [91] and in Fekkes [92]. In HPLC methods both pre- and postcolumn derivatizations are used with variable mobile phases based on methanol and acetonitrile. The reaction time, choice of solvents, and the concentration of 2-mercaptoethanol determine the efficiency of the reaction between OPA and amino acids with influence on quantification of the amino acids [90] (generally, 2-mercaptoethanol should be kept in the lower concentration range for optimization of the method [90]). OPA does not react with secondary amino acids, and FMOC is, among others, less soluble and might create interference reactions, but by combining those both, the primary and secondary amino acids can be detected [98]. Further optimization of this approach and adding an online dialysis step have improved the method with separation of 25 amino acids, and quantification of most of them [96]. Hyp (hydroxyproline), which is primarily found in connective collagenous tissue [99], might otherwise be quantified through derivatization with 7-chloro-4-nitrobenzo-2-oxa-1,3-diazole [100,101] or N2-(5-fluoro-2,4-dinitrophenyl)-l-valine amide [102]. Alternative methods are the spectrophotometric determination of Hyp as a measure of collagen [103] or collagen/gelatin in fish skin [104], the latter using a modified spectrophotometric method for Hyp determination by Bergman and Loxley [105]. The destruction of Trp (tryptophan) during hydrolysis in hydrochloric acid can be omitted by replacing with a line of others, including methane sulfonic acid containing 3-(2-aminoethyl) indole [106,107]. Enhanced signal of tyrosine, phenylalanine, and Trp has also been obtained using online photolysis with chemoluminescence methods in the HPLC system [108]. A more comprehensive overview of alternative methods for quantification of Trp is otherwise reviewed by Molnar-Pearl [109] and includes both alkali hydrolyses along with more complex derivatization and detection methods. During amino acid determination with the HPLC methods, detection of Cys (cysteine/ cysteine) might require special procedures during extract preparations such as iodoacetic acid [110] or 3,3′-dithiodipropionic acid as used in Glencross et al. [111]. Some nitrogenous compounds such as nucleic acids and amines, the latter originating mainly from microbial decarboxylation of amino acids in food such as putrescine, cadaverine, spermidine, spermine, tyramine, and histamine [112], can also be separated using methods such as HPLC [113,114] and reverse-phase HPLC [115,116]. Amino acid determination is often used in nutritional studies on fish, and requirements are frequently determined after analysis using IEC or HPLC methods [111,117–119], or alternatively 13C-NMR after extraction has been applied in such studies [120]. Quantification of the individual amino acids in HPLC methods is based on standards (amino acids) and use of an internal analytical standard such as a-butyric acid (ABA), responses to those, and molecular weight make the basis for calculating the amino acids. The protein values are calculated as the sum of all amino acids corrected for water added during hydrolyses, and the free amino acids might be removed through the extraction procedure or analyzed separately. Proteins can also be determined by a number of spectrophotometric methods. Some of these analyses are based on the ability of proteins to absorb (or scatter) light, whereas in other analyses, proteins are chemically or physically modified to absorb (or scatter) light. Due to variation of amino acid composition in proteins, most of these methods give results that can be different from absolute protein concentrations [83].

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Methods where proteins are chemically or physically modified for determination (colorimetric assays) can also be divided in to two groups: dye-binding reaction and redox reaction with proteins [121]. In the redox spectrophotometric methods, analyses are based on reaction with Folin reagent, and the following methods could be mentioned: Biuret reaction [122], Lowry protein method [123], and bicinchoninic acid (BCA) assay [124]. In the Biuret reaction Cu(II) with proteins in alkaline medium is reduced to Cu(I), which binds to protein forming a Cu(I)–peptide complex with purplish-violet color [121]. The same principle is used in BCA assay, where Cu(I) is detected by reaction with BCA, which gives an intense purple color [125]. One of the most popular methods in this group is the Lowry protein method [123], which is initially based on the Biuret reaction, where peptide bonds react with Cu(II) in alkaline medium to produce Cu(I). Later Cu(I) reacts with the Folin reagent. The reaction gives a strong blue color [83]. The intensity of color partly depends on the amount of Tyr and Trp in samples but can also be influenced by other components such as N-containing buffer or carbohydrates [121]. The amounts of proteins in sardine determined by the Lowry method were comparable to those determined by Kjeldahl method [121]. The Lowry method is suitable for protein extracts such as actomyosin, which is an important component in surimi-based products [126]. However, the BCA assay is shorter compared with the Lowry method (where two steps are needed), more flexible and stable in alkaline conditions, and has a broad linear range. The BSA assay can also be interpreted by the usual chemical components such as EDTA, thiols, reducing sugars, hydrogen peroxide, or phospholipids [121,125]. The dye-binding spectrophotometric assay is based on the reaction between acid dye and positively charged amino acid residues in proteins [121]. In acidic conditions, the created insoluble complexes are removed and the unbound dye is determined by measuring its absorbance. The amount of protein is proportional to the amount of bound dye. Coomassie dye in acidic conditions binds to proteins and creates complexes that influence a color shift from a maximum from 465 nm to 595 nm, using the Bradford method [127]. Absorbance of Coomassie dye-protein complex is measured at 595 (575–615) nm, because the difference between the two forms of the dye is greatest in this area. Within the linear range of the assay (∼5–25 mg/mL), the protein amount is proportional to bounded Coomassie [127]. This method is suitable for determination of extractability of proteins [128] or protein content in extracts [129–131]. Th is technique is simple, sensitive, and uses shorter analysis time compared with the Lowry method. Moreover, the dye-binding assay is less affected by reagents and nonprotein components from biological samples [132]. Proteins in solution can be quantified in a simple spectrophotometric analysis by near- or farUV absorbance [133,134]. Absorption in the near UV by proteins depends mostly on the content of Tyr and Trp and less on the amount of phenylalanine (Phe) and disulfide bonds. This absorbance measurement is simple, sensitive, needs no reagents, and the sample is recoverable [133,134] Crude protein extracts or individual fractions of proteins [135] can be measured at 280 nm. Disadvantages of the method include interference with other components such as nucleic acid, which absorbs in the same wavelength region [133]. Far-UV absorption can also be used for determination of protein content: peptide bonds absorb in the area with the maximum at about 190 nm. Different proteins give a small variation in absorbance, and the method can be considered as accurate for protein determination. However, oxygen also absorbs at these wavelengths, and to avoid interference, measurements at 205 nm is used. It should also be mentioned that components such as carbohydrates, salts, lipids, amides, phosphates, and detergents interfere [133,134].

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16.4.5 Nondestructive Analysis of Proteins
Recently, other advanced and nondestructive methods have become more common for determining protein. NIR is one of these [4,53], and it was originally developed for protein analysis and has since that time been developed and calibrated for a range of fish species. Low-field NMR is generally not suitable for protein determination in a nondestructive manner. See earlier text for more information on the nondestructive techniques.

16.5 Determination of Carbohydrate Content
Carbohydrates are often classified into three broad groups: sugars (mono- and disaccharides), oligosaccharides (three to nine monosaccharides) and, polysaccharides (more than nine). The content of carbohydrates in fish muscle is low [136,137] and is further influenced by conditions experienced before and during capture, which may lead to depletion of glycogen stores and thereby a decrease in the carbohydrate level. Under anoxic conditions postmortem, glycogen will continue to be metabolized, resulting in increased lactic acid along with reduced pH and eventually a gradual loss of the sweet, meaty character of fresh fish. Some marine invertebrates on the other hand are characterized by a high content of carbohydrates; up to 10.2% and 12.5% total sugars can be found in subcuticular tissue of spiny lobster and blue crab, respectively, with the highest amounts of glucose followed by galactose and mannose [138]. Glycogen stores of scallops are highly dependent on season (temperature, food availability, and lifecycle), and highest levels are usually reached after the summer period [139], showing levels up to 23%–25% glycogen of dry weight of adductor muscle [139,140]. Seasonal variations of glycogen content in mussels (Mytilus edulis) are also high, showing values in the range 4%–37% of tissue dry weight [141,142]. Among the line of methods suitable for seafood, the amount of total carbohydrates in shellfish can be determined by using the phenol-sulfuric acid procedures described by Dubois et al. [143] as used for scallop (Pecten maximus) in Maguire et al. [144] and silver carp in Gnaiger and Bitterlich [144]. This method is based on hydrolysis of polysaccharides and does not measure all sugar molecules in the materials equally accurately, because the carbohydrates are absorbed at different maximum wavelengths and in addition differ in the ability to form the chromogenes formed in the method. If measurements are performed at 488 nm and a standard curve is prepared using glucose, this will lead to a possible underestimation in the case of chemical characteristics of monosaccharides deviant from glucose. This relatively simple method is often used, because it gives a good estimate of total carbohydrates in tissue that contain 10% or more of hexose polymers [145]. Glycogen from seafood can also be determined after preparation of solution of glucose units using a range of assay kits for glucose followed by colorimetric determination (Boehringer Mannheim, Cayman chemicals, Biovision or others), as described for Abalone tissue using a combination lipid and glucose extraction method in studies of Allen et al. [146]. Glycogen levels in small amounts of tissue can additionally be analyzed using the anthrone methods with spectrophotometric determinations [147–149], which have been demonstrated as useful for scallop [150]. Carbohydrates are frequently calculated and expressed as total carbohydrates by difference, which is the remainder after subtraction of moisture, crude protein, total fat, and ash and includes fibers if present in the analyzed material. An excellent overview of definitions and internationally used carbohydrate tag names along with applicable analytical procedures for food in general is given by Munro and Burlingame [151].

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16.6 Determination of Water Content
Water content in fish can be determined by simple drying methods. Using conventional air ovens, a common practice has been to dry the sample at 105°C for 12 h, which by experience has shown satisfactory drying of fish and fish products. To ensure complete drying, the sample can be dried to constant weight. Other methods [40] refer to 101°C for 24 h by conventional ovens and 70°C for 24 h using vacuum ovens. The sample is weighed in a container, and after heating the sample is cooled and weighed again. The water content is determined by the following formula: Water content (%) = (Weight of wet material − weight of dried material) × 100 Weight of wet material

Infrared and some microwave ovens may allow an analysis time of 1–2 h [152]. Further, the new nondestructive methods such as NIR/NIT, NMR, or Fatmeter, which are described previously in this chapter, may be used for fast determination of water, and the low-field NMR technique can even distinguish between free and bounded water [15,153]. In a volumetric method (Dean & Stark), the samples are boiled in toluene before measuring the volume of water. This method is relatively fast but uses toluene, which is hazardous to health [152].



The energy content of food is generally given in kilocalories (kcal) and kilojoules (kJ), which have a conversion factor of 1 kcal = 4.184 kJ. Seafood show variable composition of proteins and fat, and energy content is dependent on this distribution, which often might also be highly influenced by seasonal variations. In a seasonal study of 35 fish and shellfish species, Soriguer et al. [154] found a substantial variation in biochemical composition, where even mackerel known as fatty type of fish, in parts of the year could be classified within the lean fish category. The lipid level in particular has high significance for the calorie content of fish, with implications for calculations in dietary studies and databases; this is important to bear in mind when these are used.

16.7.1 Direct Measurement of Energy
The gross energy content of food (measured as heat of combustion, kcal/g) may be determined directly by using a bomb calorimeter (micro- or macromethods), which includes burning food with oxygen in an insulated container of constant volume [155,156]. The heat is adsorbed in water, and the energy is determined from the mass of water, its temperature rise, and its specific heat. Dichromate wet oxidation with potassium dichromate is also sometimes used as a direct method, giving rise to slightly lower energy values in fish samples than when measured by bomb calorimetric methods [157,158]. Food composition databases are not based on direct measurements of gross energy, because those are not equal to energy requirements [159]. Instead the metabolizable food energy is used, which accounts for the energy in food remaining after losses through the feces, gas, urea, and the body surface [160].

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16.7.2 Indirect Measurements of Energy
The energy released by oxidation of protein, fat, and carbohydrate is the basis for sets of conversion factors. The Atwater general factor system is the foundation for the most frequently used systems for energy conversion [161], which originates from combustion with adjustments for losses in digestion, absorption, and excretion of urea. The Atwater general energy conversion values are 4.0 kcal/g for proteins, 9.0 kcal/g for lipids, and 4.0 kcal/g for carbohydrates (calculated by difference, i.e., subtracting water, ash, proteins, and lipids). Originally no differences were determined between the fiber and available digestive carbohydrates, but exploring more specific heat of combustion led to factors of 3.75 kcal/g when used for monosaccharides and 4.2 kcal/g for polysaccharides, with application in the Atwater system [162]. However, the specific conversion factor used for carbohydrates in shellfish is 4.11 kcal/g [163]. For other food material, energy factors for dietary fiber have been developed, taking into account availability, provided also by the microorganisms in the colon giving values recommended by FAO [164] of 8.0 kJ/g (2.0 kcal/g). A more specific set of factors for energy conversion were developed due to different combustion rates and digestibility of various sources of proteins and fats and additional impact caused by processing. The specific set of factors presented in Merrill and Watt [163,165] arrived at 4.27 kcal/g for protein and 9.02 kcal/g for fat in meat and fish. It is, however, important to consider the choice of analytical methods regarding conversion of proteins to calories. Both the variable nonprotein N and the variations in amino acid composition in different protein sources might have implications on the calculated energy levels if based on N analysis (see above). When energy contributions from proteins are set, the most accurate method will be as the sum of amino acids (free and protein bound). Alternatively, Kjeldahl or Dumas techniques are used with more source-specific conversion factors such as those used by Jones [166] or others, when these are known. In terms of conversion to energy, the more specific conversion factor of 5.65 kcal/g for protein was suggested [167] and tested in combination with direct energy measurements for use with fish tissue, resulting in slightly higher values compared with bomb calorimetric methods [157]. Calculation of energy contribution from fat might include analysis of fatty acids with total fat calculated as triacylglycerol equivalents [160]. For fatty fish muscle the factor 0.90 is used in conversion of total fat to total fatty acids, whereas 0.70 is used for white fish muscle [169]. Gravimetric methods are also used for energy calculations, which (depending on methods used; see above) would include weight of the additional lipid components that are not transformed to energy, per se. The calorie content of extracted lipids (methanol/chloroform extraction) from fish tissue as found by microcalorimetric methods suggests the use of a lower energy conversion factor such as 8.49 kcal/g [157]. Gross energy levels obtained from bomb calorimetry might deviate from energy when based on analysis and conversion factors due to the lipid calculations. A high level of lipids in tissue is usually accompanied with high energetic content by both methods. However, with high levels of sterols, the gross energy by bomb calorimeter can be higher than the metabolic energy level calculated from the analysis by use of conversion factors. Th is method deviation was pointed out for low-lipid squid samples by Krishnamoorthy et al. [169]. In the study of feed, fish, and feces by Henken et al. [158] three different methods for calculating energy content were compared (I, dichromate wet oxidation; II, bomb calorimeter; or III, chemical analyses followed by conversion factors 5.65, 9.45, 4.2 kcal/g [proteins:fat:carbohydrates]). Proteins were calculated with N*6.25, fat analyzed by Soxhlet with hexane extraction, and carbohydrates calculated by difference. Agreements were obtained in methods II and III and lower energy values were obtained with method I. Inadequate protein oxidation by dichromate method

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[170] was solved by correction factors but still resulted in lower values in fish, feed, and feces compared with bomb calorimetry or direct analyses followed by conversion factors. In recent years the field of nutrition has become highly complex due to developments in both analytical and physiological methods. A variety of different analytical methods are in use along with various sets of conversion factors, which again are based on their own specific analytical methods. In scientific work it is particularly important to specify methods and calculations made in the presented results. Standardization of analytical methods and energy conversion factors might improve the use of nutrient databases for energy calculation.

16.7.3 Food Composition Tables and Databases
Food composition databases are practical tools providing a line of useful information on foodrelated subjects. For the users it is convenient to find further links, reports, published works, nutrient composition tables, and so forth, through a database. Researchers are requested to make relevant publications available through these pages, adding to the up-front knowledge in the area. When food databases contain original analytical results, the values can be trusted to represent more accurate levels and are more useful for governmental and research purposes. There are several general databases available to the public both on international, regional, and national levels such as those of The International Network of Food Data Systems (FAO/INFOODS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Pacific Island Food Composition Tables (PIFCT), and German Nutrient Database (BSL). The user groups for food databases are among others found within the groups of food researchers and industry, dieticians, epidemiological and health researchers, and national and governmental authorities. National and regional food composition tables are important, because they may reveal specific dietary traits of subpopulations important for health and epidemiological research. Differing nutritional definitions are also common as with different sets of energy conversion factors, which is important to be aware of when food tables are used. Databases as such FishBase provide specific tables for seafood such as proximate data and energy levels of different organs and ecological data of harvested species in specific regions. However, the databases might have a potential for improvement with regard to expected variability in the composition of food items, which might be due to seasonal variations, variations experienced during the growth, production phase, or as influenced by storage or processing conditions. Additionally, processed food with many ingredients is complex, some nutrients are labile, and constituents such as fat and moisture might be added and/or removed during food preparations. As it might be practically impossible to obtain the full detailed composition, there is selection of constituents in food tables. Most databases contain 10–25 food groups [160], but some also contain more than 100 nutrients and food components such as the Nutrition Data System for Research (NDS-R) in the United States [171]. Skills and knowledge in the analytical methods on which the values are based on, advantages, and drawbacks in the table values are required.

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..................................3..................1 Cation Exchange Chromatography ....................... 288 17. seafood proteins are considered as highquality proteins because of their balanced content in amino acids...3 Capillary Zone Electrophoretic Methods ........ 289 17................................................................................. in general.. Amino acids may also be found in free form.......3..............................................1 High-Performance Liquid Chromatographic Methods...1 Fish and.................3.............................1 Introduction Amino acids are the basic components of the muscle protein structure of seafood................................................. However.......................2 Gas Liquid Chromatographic Methods .... which contribute to fish taste and indirectly to aroma 2......3.................3....3 by generation of volatile 287 .....291 17................. 292 17.2 Sample Preparation for the Analysis of Seafood Essential Amino Acids ...............3 Seafood Essential Amino Acid Analysis.......2 Reversed-Phase High-Performance Liquid Chromatography ........ because protein quality strongly depends on its amino acid composition and digestibility...................................................................1.........2...291 17..1........... 298 17....................................................... not all proteins have the same nutritional value............. 298 17......4 Mass Spectrometry ....... 300 References ...................4 Conclusions ............................... 300 17..........Chapter 17 Essential Amino Acids M.......2.. 290 17............... 288 17........................1 Introduction ..... 299 17............................................3..........2 Sample Preparation for Total or Hydrolyzed Essential Amino Acid Analysis...................................1 Sample Preparation for Free Essential Amino Acid Analysis ....... Concepción Aristoy and Fidel Toldrá Contents 17...... 287 17........................................ especially in all the essential amino acids necessary for physical and mental well-being........................................................

concentrated strong acid solutions such as 4% of 5-sulfosalicylic acid.1 Sample Preparation for Free Essential Amino Acid Analysis Sample preparation for free essential amino acids includes their extraction and the cleanup or deproteinization of the extract.288 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis compounds through Maillard reactions and Strecker degradations. A more detailed description of amino acid methods of analysis may be found in the work of Aristoy and Toldrá. and aromatic amino acids (phenylalanine and tyrosine) are the most important from this point of view. 0. Sample cleanup is necessary to eliminate proteins and polypeptides by means of the deproteinization process.2 Sample Preparation for the Analysis of Seafood Essential Amino Acids Free or total essential amino acids are analyzed from the whole amino acid profile.14 6% of perchloric acid. the sample is centrifuged at more than 10. cysteine may be essential for infants.23–25 and picric .4 Branched-chain essential amino acids (valine. It is usually achieved by homogenization of the ground sample in an appropriate solvent by using a Stomacher. Sample preparation will depend on whether free or total essential amino acids have to be analyzed. are described. In some cases. in rare cases. the elderly. Once homogenized.13. especially of those considered essentials. Several chemical methods include the use of concentrated strong acids such as phosphotungstic (PTA). methods for the analysis of amino acids in seafood.01–0. The extraction solvent can be hot water. (2) its ability to cross-link proteins. with the additional advantage that proteins are not extracted and. or diluted phosphate buffers.000 g under refrigeration (4°C) to separate the supernatant from the nonextracted materials (pellet) and filtered through glass wool to retain any fat material remaining on the surface of the supernatant. which increases the protein stability in the harsh extracellular environment by conferring proteolytic resistance.12. sulfosalicylic (SSA). In this chapter. which can be achieved through different chemical or physical procedures. Polytron.13 5% of trichloroacetic acid. and so forth. 17.5–10 Thus.2. The extraction consists in the separation of the free amino acid fraction from the insoluble portion of the matrix (fish muscle).22 trichloroacetic (TCA). sulfur-containing amino acids (methionine and cystine/cysteine). Special attention is also devoted to the analysis of the sulfur amino acid cysteine for several reasons: (1) the high reactivity of its thiol group.15 or a rich alcohol-containing solution (>75%) such as ethanol16–18 or methanol19. or (3) its Maillard reaction with sugars yielding characteristic flavors.21 perchloric (PCA). or by means of a simple stirring in warm solvent.16. which confers numerous biological functions to this amino acid (precursor to the antioxidant glutathione). then. Free amino acids initiate important changes at early postmortem and during storage and can be very useful as quality indices of processing and storage. isoleucine. Although classified as nonessential. and individuals with certain metabolic disease or who suffer from malabsorption syndromes. there is no need for further cleaning up of the sample.18.1 N hydrochloric acid solution.11 17.20 have been successfully used as extraction solvents. and leucine). the analysis of essential amino acids in seafood is important for the evaluation of both the nutritive value and the sensory quality of seafood.

000. whereas free amino acids remain in solution. recovery of amino acids. Liquid-phase.2. Some physical methods consist in centrifugation through cutoff membrane filters (1.Essential Amino Acids ◾ 289 (PA)26–28 acids or organic solvents such as methanol. Upon heating. samples are treated with constant boiling 6 N hydrochloric acid in an oven at around 110°C for 20–96 h. In both cases. Differences among all these chemical and physical methods are caused by several aspects such as differences in the cutoff molecular weight. because it gives information on the nutritional value of fish meat. a system capable of alternative air evacuating/inert gas purging to get a correct deaeration inside is valuable.). presence of salts. Therefore. or separation method (interferences in the chromatogram. proteins precipitate by denaturation.39.18. which permits the alternative air evacuating/inert gas purging. The presence of appropriate antioxidants/scavengers during hydrolysis can prevent losses of the most labile amino acids. One of them is the Pico-Tag Workstation that includes special vessels (flat-bottom glass tubes) fitted with a heat-resistant plastic screw cap equipped with a Teflon valve.000.30 All these methods give a sample solution rich in free amino acids but free of proteins. An additional advantage is the easy evaporation to concentrate the sample.2 Sample Preparation for Total or Hydrolyzed Essential Amino Acid Analysis The total essential amino acid profile is usually requested. only the acid vapor comes into contact with the sample. When limited amounts of sample are available.000.31–33 with amino acid recoveries around 100% for all them. Typically.34 17. In the vapor-phase hydrolysis method. 5. ethanol. is well suited to hydrolyze large amounts or complex samples. which is easily neutralized by the addition of KOH or potassium bicarbonate. where the hydrochloric acid contacts the sample directly. the vapor-phase hydrolysis method is preferred to minimize contaminants coming from aqueous 6 N hydrochloric acid.). compatibility with derivatization (pH. and so forth. by mixing two or three volumes of organic solvent with one volume of extract. resulting in a very simple deproteinization procedure with no interferences. to rend insoluble potassium perchlorate. or acetonitrile. The hydrolysis may be accomplished using either liquid-phase or vapor-phase methods. Some comparative studies have been published on these deproteinization techniques.22. etc. Hydrolysis may be improved by optimizing the temperature and time of incubation41 or with the addition of amino acid oxidation protective compounds. all of them . and performance under vacuum) is similar to that of a conventional oven. also disposes of an oven to accomplish the hydrolysis. etc. Nitrogen atmosphere and sealed vials are required during the hydrolysis to minimize the degradation. the tubes containing the samples are located inside large vessels containing the acid. Proteins must be hydrolyzed into their constituent amino acids before the analysis. creating an appropriate atmosphere inside the vessels to ensure low amino acid degradation. thus excluding nonvolatile contaminants. A good choice may be the use of 0. has also given very good results.6 N PCA. The most common method used for complete hydrolysis of proteins is acid digestion. Digestion at 145°C for 4 h has also been proposed. which is easily separated by centrifugation. 10.22 Under these conditions.39 Some commercial systems are available. liquid phase or vapor phase. addition of constant boiling hydrochloric acid and additives.42 Sample manipulation (sample evaporation to dryness.29.40. but the duration of the treatment is shorter (less than 20 min).35–38 These temperatures in such acidic and oxidative medium may degrade some amino acids.000 Da) that allow free amino acids through while retaining large compounds. 30.41 The use of microwave technology for the hydrolysis has been assayed by some authors. oxygen is removed and substituted by nitrogen or other inert gas. The use of organic solvents.

because each possible methodology has advantages and drawbacks. when the analysis of cyst(e)ine would be necessary. Good recoveries have been achieved by using 3-bromopropionic acid. which is recommended by many authors47. improve the recovery of nearly all of these amino acids except tryptophan and cysteine. a compromise of conditions offers the best overall estimation for the largest number of amino acids.60 and books. Tryptophan is often completely destroyed by hydrochloric acid hydrolysis. The separation of the individual amino acids in a mixture requires very efficient separation. adequate hydrolysis procedure as the performic acid oxidation before the hydrolysis is a good alternative. cysteine sulfinic acid. amino acids used to be derivatized to allow their separation or to enhance their detection. with or without the addition of 1% (w/v) thiodiglycol for 18 h at 110°C. such as chromatographic (liquid or gas chromatography (GC)) or capillary electrophoresis (CE) techniques. The use of alkylating agents to stabilize the previous hydrolysis of cysteine constitutes a valid alternative.3 Seafood Essential Amino Acid Analysis The analysis of individual amino acids needs a previous separation of all others. Before or after this separation. Cyst(e)ine is partially oxidized during acid hydrolysis yielding several adducts: cystine.59. When high sensitivity is required. chymotrypsin.2 M of either NaOH. and so on. acid-to-protein ratio.54 or 3. cysteine. in which methionine is also oxidized to methionine sulfone. Some additives have been proposed to protect tryptophan against oxidation as is the case of thioglycolic acid.290 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis essential amino acids. presence and concentration of oxidation protective agents.30. Derivatization is a usual practice in amino acid analysis. the pyrolysis from 500°C for 3 h57 to 600°C overnight58 of all glass material in contact with the sample is advisable as well as the analysis of some blank samples to control the level of background present. importance of a correct deaeration. thermolysin. KOH. The optimization of conditions for hydrolysis based on the study of hydrolysis time and temperature. threonine. although considerable recoveries have been found if no oxygen is present. A third way to hydrolyze proteins is enzymatic hydrolysis by proteolytic enzymes such as trypsin. This option is chosen to analyze specific amino acid sequences or single amino acids because of their specific and well-defined activity.63–66 for a better tryptophan determination.62 An alternative to acid hydrolysis is the alkaline hydrolysis with 4. Thus.51 3-bromopropylamine. and tryptophan. or pronase. making the posterior analysis easier.58.55. In fact. The effect of a derivatizing agent is evaluated based on the following aspects: (1) It must be able to react with both primary and secondary amino acids. serine.43–50 improves cysteine (and methionine) recoveries. The choice mainly depends on the equipment available or personal preferences.67–69 17. 41. has been extensively reported in papers35. and cysteic acid making its analysis rather difficult.61.56 As can be observed in this section.38 Alkaline hydrolysis instead of acid hydrolysis is also proposed (see below).36.52 4-vinyl pyridine53. the 22–24 h acid hydrolysis at 110°C (vapor-phase or liquid-phase hydrolysis) with the addition of a protective agent like 1% phenol. no single set of conditions will yield the accurate determination of all essential amino acids. yields acceptable results for the majority of amino acids. (2) give a quantitative and reproducible reaction. carboxypeptidase. papain. being enough for the requirements of any food industry. The previous performic acid oxidation of cysteine to cysteic acid. In general. or BaOH. unless a very selective way of detection is used. methionine. such as tyrosine. LiOH. protective agents currently used. Additionally. .36.1% sodium sulfite. up to 1% phenol or 0.3¢-dithiodipropionic acid.

The original method required two separate columns and needed about 4 h to achieve a complete analysis.2. and (7) have no interferences due to by-products or excess of reagent. amino acids were converted into colored ninhydrin derivatives for spectrophotometric (colorimetric) detection. The HPLC techniques to analyze amino acids are cation exchange and reversed-phase (RP) chromatography and are described in Sections 17. and better detection systems.1 High-Performance Liquid Chromatographic Methods HPLC is the preferred technique to analyze amino acids. Amino acids.Essential Amino Acids ◾ 291 (3) yield a single derivative of each amino acid. are always present.3-oxadiazole postcolumn derivatization to obtain highly fluorescent derivatives with enhanced sensitivity.3. Under these conditions. and tryptophan) have a chromophore moiety that confers a suitable maximum absorbance for more specific UV detection (280 nm for tyrosine and tryptophan and 254 nm for phenylalanine).38.1 and 17. The second type are derivatives that allow gas chromatographic amino acid separation by increasing their volatility and temperature stability. the spectroscopic detection of amino acids requires their previous derivatization to obtain an UV absorbing or fluorescent molecule.1.70 fluorescamine. the more acidic amino acids elute first. recent improvements of the ninhydrin derivatization method71–73 .68 Thus. and they include derivatives for spectroscopic or for electrochemical detection.12 Two types of derivatives are obtained depending on the chosen separation and/or detection technique. 17. which facilitates a more selective detection. 17. and those with more than one primary amino group or possessing a guanidyl residue elute at the end of the chromatogram. absorb at 210 nm and thus cannot be used for spectroscopic detection. (5) have the possibility of automation. The formed derivatives will be separated by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) or capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) as it is important to choose the most adequate derivative.1. The latest generation of Moore and Stein amino acid analyzers also use o-phthaldialdehyde (OPA). l em = 345 nm). as it is a very unspecific detection wavelength. (6) have good stability of the derivatization products. tyrosine.1. pellicular packaging.3. (4) have mild and simple reaction conditions. precolumn techniques can be run either offline or online.3.15. because their spectral (high-ultraviolet (UV) absorbing or fluorescence properties) or electrochemical characteristics will affect the sensitivity and selectivity of detection. speed. The classical procedure has been improved with a new polystyrene matrix that offers better resolution power due to smaller particle size. It must be remarked that the use of sufficient amount of reagent is of special importance when dealing with biological samples. The elution involves a stepwise increase in both pH and sodium or lithium ion concentration. in their native form. because reagent-consuming amines. Tryptophan also possesses native fluorescence (l ex = 295 nm. permitting 5–10 pmol sensitivity as standard.1. Nevertheless. Only three amino acids (phenylalanine. or 4-fluoro-7-nitrobenzo-2. although unidentified. Although postcolumn techniques should be run online for maximum accuracy. and thus the underivatized amino acids are separated using sulfonated polystyrene beads as the stationary phase and aqueous sodium citrate buffers as the mobile phase.3. The derivatization reaction can be performed after separation of the amino acids (postcolumn derivatization) or before separating them (precolumn derivatization). The first type are derivatives that enhance amino acid detection in liquid media.1 Cation Exchange Chromatography This methodology is based on the amino acid charge. After separation.

and tissues). making it adequate for partition based on chromatography. This fact and the proliferation of precolumn derivatizing agents have stimulated the development of RP-HPLC methods to analyze amino acids in all kind of matrices (food. through a mixing manifold. Another disadvantage is the peak broadening produced by the dead volume introduced behind the column. biological fluids.292 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis together with the low sensitivity requirements of fish amino acid analysis still make this method the most used. each new methodology must contrast its results with those obtained by cation exchange chromatography (CEC). Kontron.76 There are other reports of applying this technique to the amino acid analysis in food and tissues. the separation times for the 20 amino acids naturally occurring in fish proteins take around 1 h and somewhat longer (2 h) for physiological amino acids.) who offer integrated commercial systems including the column. 66. plants). or the stability of formed derivatives. etc. The advantage of this method is the accurate results for all known sample types (food. the derivatizing reagent is pumped into the effluent from the column system. with which many of them have been marketed. followed by a reaction coil.e. which makes it a reference method for amino acid analysis. plants. tissues. Biotronik. Dionex. which are detectable at UV (254 nm) with detection limits around 5–50 pmol. (i.74 Nowadays. . 17. The most usual derivatizing agents for tissue amino acids are described below. the formed molecule improves sensitivity and selectivity at the detection by allowing the spectroscopic (UV or fluorescent) detection of amino acids. There are many manufacturers (Beckman.75. especially in a dry condition. postcolumn derivatization is not suitable for narrow-bore HPLC.70. LKB.. Obviously.1. possibility of automation of the derivatization reaction (in the autosampler). All PTC-amino acids have similar response factors. the highly complex mobile phase composition. In this way. the analysis requirements for free or hydrolyzed amino acids or required sensibility. time for sample preparation and amino acids separation. biological fluids. and an optimized methodology with the advantage of ease of use and reliability. Pickering.3. Although this broadening may not affect when using standard-bore columns with flow rates above 1 mL/min. buffer system.2 Reversed-Phase High-Performance Liquid Chromatography RP-HPLC has been widely used. some difficulties to analyze some essential or sulfur-containing amino acid derivatives). because it requires only a standard equipment that can be shared by different types of analysis. The PTC-amino acids are moderately stable at room temperature for 1 day and much longer when kept under frozen storage. the main drawback of this type of derivatization method is the required additional equipment: another pump to introduce the reagent as well as mixing and sometimes heating devices. Phenylisothiocyanate (PITC): This methodology involves the conversion of primary and secondary amino acids to their phenylthiocarbamyl (PTC) derivatives.42. This method has been employed in the classical Moore and Steintype commercial amino acid analyzers. also. Precolumn amino acid derivatization may be necessary to confer hydrophobicity to the amino acid molecule. To choose the most appropriate method some aspects must be taken into account such as the following: the disposable detector (fluorescence or UV). The resulting system is simpler and cheaper compared with the combination of cation-exchange plus postcolumn derivatization and permits choosing among a great number of possible methodologies. but.77 After separation. Hitachi. Amersham Biosciences. and finally the derivatized amino acids reach an online detector system. feed. which constitutes an advantage. The main drawbacks of this methodology are the high cost of the ion exchange amino acid analyzer and its maintenance. and the long time of analysis.

78–80 Sample preparation is quite tedious: it requires a basic medium (pH = 10. which is more critical when amino acids from acid hydrolysis are analyzed.29.29.2. the last one being the elimination of the excess of reagent that may cause some damage to the chromatographic column. Massachusetts).78–80 The chromatographic separation takes around 20 min for hydrolyzed amino acids and 60 min for physiological. which is achieved by the addition of triethylamine and includes several drying steps. . Both examples applied to the analysis of total amino acids from hake and free amino acids from salmon are shown in Figures 17.82 The selection of the column is critical to get a good resolved separation especially when the analysis of physiological amino acids is involved. IS. which includes the analytical column. Moreover.1 Reversed-phase HPLC chromatogram of PTC amino acids from hydrolyzed hake muscle. This method is available as a commercially prepackaged system named Pico-Tag (Waters Associates. because no buffer is used during the reaction. Milford.81 reported a modification of the method in which the analysis of 27 physiological amino acids could be performed in 22 min (30 min including equilibration). It is important to ensure a basic pH to get adequate derivatization recoveries.1 and 17. standards. the residual PITC reagent left after evaporation will cause damage to the column package. The reaction time is less than 10 min even though 20 min are recommended for a complete reaction.5). Sarwar et al.Essential Amino Acids ◾ 293 The methodology is well described in the literature. The only limitation is the determination of PTC cystine that gives a poor linearity. and solvents. which makes the quantitation of free cystine nonfeasible with this method. respectively. internal standard nor-Leucine. as some columns are more resistant than others. 700 Ala 600 Gly 500 Absorbance at 254 nm (mAU) Glu 400 lS Lys Asp 200 Ser 100 OHpro 300 Arg Thr Leu Pro Tyr Val Met lle Phe His 0 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 Retention time (min) Figure 17.

58 obtained a good separation of 35 dabsyl-amino acids and by-products in a 15 cm C18 column packed with 3 mm particle size.5.58. because it is especially affected by the presence of high levels of some chloride salts. standard amino acid solution should be derivatized under similar conditions.294 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 1400 1200 Glu Ans Absorbance at 254 nm (mAU) 1000 800 Gly 600 Tau βAla His Ala 400 Asp 200 OHpro Ser Lys Pro Thr Arg Tyr Val Met lle lS Leu Trp Phe Orn 0 0 Asn Gln 10 20 30 Retention time (min) 40 50 Figure 17. United States). and only needs a basic pH. The dansylated amino acids are stable for 1 day85 or until 7 days when kept at −4°C86 and protected from light.83.87 or even 2 min at 100°C. around 9. 4-Dimethyl-aminoazobenzene-4′-sulfonyl chloride (Dabsyl-Cl): This reagent was first described in 1975 for use in amino acid analysis. presenting a maximum from 448 to 468 nm. Stocchi et al.33 To overcome this problem and obtain an accurate calibration. 1-Dimethylamino-naphthalene-5-sulfonyl chloride (Dansyl-Cl): Dansyl-Cl reacts with both primary and secondary amines to give a highly fluorescent derivative (l ex = 350. Nevertheless. Commercial System Gold/Dabsylation Kit™ uses this technique (Beckman Instruments. taurine. 15 min at 60°C. The high wavelength of absorption makes the baseline chromatogram very stable with a large variety of solvents and gradient systems. Palo Alto California. By-products originating from an excess of reagent absorb at the same wavelength and thus they appear in the chromatogram. internal standard nor-Leucine. Reaction efficiency is highly matrix dependent and variable for different amino acids. anserine. Ans. Detection limits are in the low picomole range.84 Derivatives are very stable (weeks) and can be formed from both primary and secondary amino acids. the reaction conditions .84 Detection is by absorption in the visible range.2 Reversed-phase HPLC chromatogram of PITC-free amino acids from salmon muscle extract. l em = 510 nm) although UV (l = 250 nm) detection may also be used. IS. However. The sample derivatization is rather simple. The reaction time is around 15 min at 70°C and takes place in a basic medium with an excess of reagent. and a reaction time of 1 h at room temperature (in the dark). Tau.

this will commonly form multiple derivatives with histidine.101 or the formation of the mixed disulfide S-2-carboxyethylthiocysteine (Cys-MPA) from cysteine and cystine. On the contrary. as well as reaction time. which includes the addition of ADAM.94 into the automatic sample preparation protocol described by Schuster. An automated precolumn derivatization routine.92. is of great advantage. this methodology reveals excellent linearity for cystine and also cystine-containing short-chain peptides. this problem is overcome by standardizing the time between sample derivatization and column injection by automation. as it is highly fluorescent and then. using 3. Another proposal102 consists of a slight modification in the OPA derivatization method by using 2-aminoethanol as a nucleophilic agent and altering the order of the addition of reagents in the automated derivatization procedure.88 Even so. because it guarantees the repeatability of parameters. OPA amino acids are not stable. cysteine and cystine are quantified together. The first option was included in the automated AminoTag method90 developed by Varian (Varian Associates Limited).93 The fluorescence is recorded at 455 or 470 nm after excitation at 230 or 330 nm. and fluorescent intensity.5) medium. and the reagent itself is not fluorescent. reinforcing the poor reproducibility of its results. several methods have been proposed before derivatization. Nowadays. temperature.94–96 2-mercaptoethanol. lysine. itself or hydrolyzed. l em = 315 nm) and is detected at the femtomole range. o-Phthaldialdehyde (OPA): This reagent reacts with primary amino acids in the presence of a mercaptan cofactor to give highly fluorescent 1-alkylthio-2-alkyl-substituted isoindols. The choice of the mercaptan can affect derivative stability. In the second option. such as FMOC/amino acid ratio. have to be optimized very carefully.97. the reaction of the excess of reagent with a very hydrophobic amine as 1-adamantylamine (ADAM) gives a late-eluting noninterfering peak.32 In these methods. ethanethiol. This is relatively easy because the reaction is fast and no heating is necessary. The addition of detergents like Brij 35 to the derivatization reagent seems to increase the fluorescence response of lysine. and excess of reagent) must be carefully fi xed to optimize the product yield and to minimize secondary reactions. the excess may interfere in the chromatogram and for this reason it must be extracted (with pentane or diethyl ether) or converted into noninterfering adduct before injection. which is present in excess as it is highly fluorescent and probably interferes into the chromatogram as a huge peak. many automatic injectors are programmable and able to achieve automatic derivatizations. This excess is hydrolyzed to dansyl sulfonic acid. and 3-mercaptopropionic acid are the most frequently used. The yield with lysine and cysteine is low and variable. reaction conditions. chromatographic selectivity. In order to obtain reliable and precise results. OPA derivatives can be detected by UV absorption (338 nm) as well.91 This method is preferred because the addition of ADAM is more easily automatized. and tyrosine. Tryptophan adducts do not fluoresce and histidine and cyst(e)ine adducts fluoresce weakly.86. which is not the case with any essential amino acid. Some reports have been published proposing several ways of automation.3′-dithiodipropionic acid55 and incorporated by Godel et al. Histidine gives a very poor fluorescence response (10% of the other amino acids).32 . The major disadvantage is due to the reagent.98 and some of them have been patented and commercially marketed (AutoTag OPA from Waters Associates). One of the main disadvantages of this procedure is the inability of OPA to react with secondary amines.82.99 In the case of cysteine.Essential Amino Acids ◾ 295 (pH. These methods include the conversion of cysteine and cystine to cysteic acid by oxidation with performic acid or carboxymethylation of the sulfhydryl residues with iodoacetic100.82 Another problem is the large excess of reagent needed to assure a quantitative reaction.89 9-Fluorenylmethyl chloroformate (FMOC): This reagent yields stable derivatives (days) with primary and secondary amines. The derivative is fluorescent (l ex = 265 nm. The derivatization is fast (1–3 min) and is performed at room temperature in alkaline (pH 9. The reaction time is fast (45–90 s) and does not require any heating.

However. because the resulting CisH is well separated inside the chromatogram. l em = 395 nm).5 min. Both facts facilitate sample preparation. The excess of reagent is consumed during the reaction to form aminoquinoline (AMQ). and UV detection at 254 nm may be used for its analysis. making them very adequate for biochemical research. The methodology has been marketed as a prepackaged AccQ Tag kit (Waters Corporation. the selectivity obtained with each trademark column is different due to the particular chemistry employed in their manufacture rendering different density of bonded-phase coverage on the silica particle and hydrophobic behavior and.and di-derivatives are the initial adducts from tyrosine. . accessible to sample molecules. OPA/mercaptoethanol or OPA/sulfite104. conductance. potential. which is only weakly fluorescent at the amino acid derivatives detection conditions and does not interfere in the chromatogram.296 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 6-Aminoquinolyl-N-hydroxysuccinimidyl carbamate (AQC): It reacts with primary and secondary amines from amino acids. Reaction time is short. Any electrical measure. it will be necessary to readjust the chromatographic conditions to get a good separation of all amino acids. UV detection (254 nm) may also be used. and proteins.e. Indeed. peptides. even those made by the same manufacturer. yielding very stable derivatives (1 week at room temperature) with fluorescent properties (l ex = 250 nm. Due to these variables. as a consequence. because both mono. United States). Nowadays. is related to the analyte concentration.. triethylamine) to the mobile phase can overcome the problem.107. Electrochemical detection consists in one electrode or an array of electrodes mounted in a cell with an applied potential difference. and other compounds naturally occurring in biological samples and foods.103 The main advantage of this reagent is that the yield and reproducibility of the derivatization reaction are scarcely interrupted by the presence of salts. whereas Figure 17. the AMQ peak is very large at the beginning of the chromatogram and may interfere with the first eluting peaks (see Bosch et al. and the separation of physiological amino acids is improved. the optimum pH for the reaction is in a broad range. The chromatographic separation of these derivatives has been optimized for the amino acids from hydrolyzed proteins.105 in addition to fluorescent properties possesses electroactivity (750 mV) and PITC106 has again the advantage of reacting with secondary amines. The most used column packaging consists of alkyl-bonded silica particles. Cystine and cysteine may be analyzed after their conversion to cysteic acid (CisH) by performic acid oxidation. can cause unwanted tailing of peaks (especially for the basic amino acids). different selectivity. mainly octadecylsilane.3A shows the separation of hydrolyzed amino acids from salmon. In this case. or charge. The presence of residual uncapped silanol groups on the silica surface. Figure 17. columns are more carefully manufactured with these silanol groups blocked or inaccessible by steric impediment avoiding the tailing. It means that when transferring a published method to a particular set of samples. the choice of the RP column is not an easy subject because of the great variability of commercially available RP columns. from 8.50). the addition of a strong cation (i. Only columns manufactured in the same batch are guaranteed to give the same selectivity if the rest of parameters are fi xed. detergents.108 If the choice of the derivative reaction is a challenge. Milford. Some of these derivatives are also susceptible to electrochemical detection. different selectivity may be found among same columns. because they are molecules with electroactive functional groups. In these cases. lipids. Massachusetts.2 to 10. Sensitivity is in the femtomole range. Furthermore. which are separated by RP-HPLC. 1 min.3B shows the same sample but submitted to a performic acid oxidation before the hydrolysis in which the CisH peak appears by 7. such as current. The fluorescence of tryptophan derivative is very poor. but 10 min at 55°C would be necessary if a tyrosine monoderivative is required. Only amino acids with aromatic rings or sulfur-containing side chains are sufficiently electrochemically active to be detected by this method.

3 Reversed-phase HPLC chromatogram of AQC amino acids from hydrolyzed salmon muscle (A) without and (B) after performic acid oxidation. 1-methylhistidine. CysH.Essential Amino Acids 200 (A) ◾ 297 Leu 150 Val lle Phe 100 Ala NH3 Arg Asp Thr Gly Ser His Glu Met Tyr Pro αAba Lys 50 Fluorescence (% FS) 0 1MeHis 200 (B) βAla 150 100 MeS 50 CysH 0 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Retention time (min) Figure 17. MeS. 1MeHis. Mobile-phase composition combines an aqueous buffered phase . Typical analytical column dimensions are 15 cm (for hydrolyzed amino acids) or 25–30 cm (for physiological amino acids). Mobile-phase requirements consist in the ability to dissolve the sample while keeping it transparent to the detection system. packed with 5 mm particle size or shorter columns (10 or 15 cm length) when packed with less than 3 mm particle size. cysteic acid. methiomine sulfone. aAba. a aminobutyric acid used as internal standard.

17. including amino acids. phosphothreonine. GLC is not very expensive because no solvent is used.110 comparing GLC with cation exchange chromatography reported different conclusions when analyzing some hydrolyzed food samples. the amino acids must be converted to volatile and thermostable molecules. 17. and urine matrices but not in tissues in which the presence of natural dipeptides. although applications on meat samples are scarcely described. GLC is. and acidic constituents. and even though a particular pH can significantly . This methodology has been patented as EZ:faast and commercialized by Phenomenex (Torrance. Recently.3. and the equipment is very versatile and usually available in any analytical laboratory.109. The detector used is the flame ionization detector (FID).113 and cheese. the technique is very efficient and it is worth mentioning the separation of 32 nonprotein amino acids from edible seeds.114 In their analysis by GLC. or GC and LC with MS detection.3 Capillary Zone Electrophoretic Methods Capillary zone electrophoretic technique is extremely efficient for the separation of charged solutes.298 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis with an organic phase constituted by acetonitrile and/or methanol and/or tetrahydrofuran. GC/NPD. Gas liquid chromatography (GLC) is not often used for the determination of amino acids from tissues or foods. especially in the analysis of D isomers. California. and the derivatives are stable and ready for GC/FID. whereas thermionic-N-P (NPD) or flame photometric detector (FPD) are selective toward organic compounds containing phosphorous and nitrogen. especially since the capillary columns appeared. United States). Amino acids constitute a mix of basic.112 milk. capable of separating 50 compounds.3. The buffer may be constituted by less than 100 mM concentration of acetate or phosphate. carnosine. GLC has been combined with mass spectrometry (MS) for detection and identification. Nevertheless. which are much more sensitive than FID for such compounds. The NPD was used by Buser and Erbersdobler115 and FPD by Kataoka et al. physiological amino acids has to be analyzed. The method yields a full amino acid profile (33 amino acids) in 15 min including a 7 min extraction-derivatization step plus 8 min for the gas chromatographic separation. and amines.113. speed.120. The difficulty of separating amino acids by this technique relies on their structure. Protein removal is not required. and phosphotyrosine. nuts. Some applications67.2 Gas Liquid Chromatographic Methods The extremely high-resolution capacity is the main advantage of GC. a very fast GC analysis of physiological amino acids.121 The high efficiency. which is universal and the most widely used. and beans111 or other results obtained in honey. plasma. and balenine may complicate the amino acid analysis. Described applications are available for the analysis of physiological amino acids in blood. a very highly efficient technique adequate for the amino acid analysis. especially.116 to analyze phosphoserine. Reactions consist of two stages: an esterification with an acidified alcohol followed by N-acylation with an acid anhydride in an anhydrous medium. In many cases. dipeptides. anserine. has been developed. in comparison with liquid chromatographic techniques. neutral. A finely adjusted binary (most used) or ternary gradient elution is often necessary when the overall amino acid profile from hydrolyzed and.117–119 where the separation was achieved by using chiral-GC stationary phases. in summary. The main advantages of these detectors are their high sensitivity and wide linear range. and low amount of sample make this technique very interesting when compared with classical electrophoresis and chromatographic techniques.

Mass spectrometer detectors were first connected to GC equipments.Essential Amino Acids ◾ 299 improve the resolution of one kind.125. microcolumn liquid chromatography.140 or even urea141 have been assayed.136.) and instrumentation (CE. in particular when capillary columns were available. biomedical or pharmaceutical research.4 Mass Spectrometry MS is based on the conversion of components of a sample into rapidly moving gaseous ions. A good compatibility between both techniques. This report includes the optimization of important parameters like the choice of a volatile electrolyte (1 M formic acid) for the electrophoresis. methanol.118. the species with different charge can be simultaneously analyzed but with serious doubts in their adequate resolution. etc. When sensitivity is the target. Application in foods such as in the identification of nonprotein amino acids. Unfortunately. This technique has also been termed micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography (MECC or MEKC). With few exceptions.139 which is usually enough for food analysis or an LIF (laser-induced fluorescence) detector.147 17. the high cost of purchase and maintenance of mass spectrometers has inhibited their more widespread use in the food industry and/or food control. The effect of these additives on the electro-osmotic mobility and electrophoretic mobility of the micelle has been studied. .136 phenylthiohydantoin.131 and thus. or to allow fluorescence or electrochemical132 detection of amino acids. isobutanol. CZE shows poor ability for the separation of neutral compounds.144. showing that higher efficiency is obtained by the MECC methods with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) as micelle-forming substance. Terabe et al. etc. although other additives such as dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide. allowed a rapid development and the onset of these complementary techniques.3.133–135 PITC.124 Basic theoretical considerations on this technique125 and its food applications126 are described elsewhere. although this detector may be used for more complex identifications as in d. Good separations have been reported for precapillary derivatized amino acids with dansyl-Cl. Nevertheless. Under the conditions of electro-osmotic flow in CE. Other additives commonly used in this analysis are organic modifiers (acetonitrile.113 o-tyrosine in chicken148 or pork149 tissues.138 and OPA139 compared with the separation of OPA-amino acid derivatives by CZE with normal and micellar solutions.146. Some reviews covering high-sensitivity detection following CE have been published. o-tyrosine analysis.137.141–143 The CE coupled to electrospray ionization (ESI) MS (CE-ESI-MS) allows direct amino acid analysis without derivatization. The identification of the 22 protein amino acids may not be a problem.119 have been reported.and l-isomer mixtures.123 introduced a modified version of CZE in which surfactant-formed micelles were included in the running buffer to provide a two-phase chromatographic system for separating neutral compounds together with charged ones in a CE system. etc.127–131 derivatization is used to improve separation. reports in the literature of its applications are increasing rapidly.21 chiral amino acids. it is relatively easy to analyze low picomol levels of OPA derivatives in micellar solutions by using a conventional fluorometric detector. which can be resolved on the basis on their mass-to-charge ratios that are characteristic of each ion and allow its identification. 19 amino acids were analyzed by CE-ESI-MS in only 17 min with a minimal sample preparation and no matrix interference.145 when looking for more selective and sensitive detectors with a wide linear dynamic range (3 orders of magnitude) to cover new high-sensitivity applications (chiral analysis. and so forth.).138 Tween 20. which constitutes an important limitation of this technique.).122. compatible with MS. it is likely to cause overlap with the others. and the composition and flow rate of the sheath liquid to obtain the best sensitivity. SDS is indeed the most used additive to form micelles in this kind of analysis. to enhance UV detection. tetrahydrofurane. and others. nonprotein amino acids.

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2...................2 Antioxidants.3 Vitamin E ...............1...317 18......2 Vitamin E Determination .................3 Antioxidants in Seafood and Seafood Products ................1............... 315 18....................................3..................2...........................4.............................1 Oxidative Stress and Its Implications .3 Marine Lipid Oxidation ....3 Occurrence of Ascorbic Acid in Marine Organisms ....3...................2 Carotenoid Determination .........................1..........................................................3..................1 Vitamin E as an Antioxidant................................Chapter 18 Antioxidants Nick Kalogeropoulos and Antonia Chiou Contents 18..3 Occurrence of Vitamin E ..............................1 Introduction ......3..................................3....................................................................310 18..........................................3.2.................2 Ascorbic Acid Analysis ........313 18..............3 Occurrence of Carotenoids ............................................................1..........................318 309 ......3.....................313 18.....................................3...............1...........311 18............3.......................................................311 18......1 Ascorbic Acid Functions ..........316 18........316 18...........1.......................1..........3.........................................317 18............3......................2 Ascorbic Acid ...........................4............4..........1 Antioxidant Enzymes ...........................................310 18.................................2 Lipid Peroxidation.........................................313 18.......................318 18............................................................................................................................................................................1 Antioxidant and Other Functions of Carotenoids ..............................3.........317 18................3............314 18.........................................2 Determination of Antioxidants and Antioxidant Capacity in Biological and Food Systems ...........314 18..........3.........3..311 18........3....314 18.................1....................4 Carotenoids .......... 315 18.......310 18.............................................1 Oxidation and Its Implications........

............... being exposed to the oxygen they produce....... nitric oxide (NO (OH•) radicals.. resulting in an increased antioxidant activity and antioxidants .4 Added Antioxidants ...................................321 18.... generation of free radicals occurs.............. which include among others superoxide anion radical (O2−).................. 320 18.............. When the electron flow becomes uncoupled (transfer of unpaired single electrons).4. 18...................3 pollution..............3.................310 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis 18... Common free radicals in biological systems are the so• called reactive oxygen species (ROS)................... lipids.. and proteins may be damaged by reactive oxidants......... 320 18.. electrically charged compounds that seek out and capture electrons from other compounds in order to neutralize themselves.1 Indeed cyanobacteria and the laterevolved green plants...... Under conditions of oxidative stress........ polyphenols..............................5 Ubiquinone .................... are rich in antioxidants such as vitamins C and E........... more than 2 billion years ago..............1...1......... where antioxidants are mainly produced by photosynthetic organisms and are consequently transported through the trophic web.3..... •)..... since oxygen is the final electron acceptor in the electron flow system that produces energy.....319 18.....1 Oxidative Stress and Its Implications Oxidative stress occurs when the prooxidant–antioxidant balance becomes too favorable to the prooxidants.....5.2 Natural Antioxidants ............319 18..................... and the so-called reactive nitrogen species (RNS).......... Until subsequent free radicals are deactivated.......3 Occurrence of Ubiquinone......1 Synthetic Antioxidants ............... such as peroxynitrite (ONOO−)......6 have been reported to cause oxidative stress to fish or bivalves.........3. they may oxidize several cell components.. 18.......1......319 18.........5...................................4.....321 References ............ resulting in a chain reaction.....2 Determination of Ubiquinone .................................. alkoxyl (RO •).. Although the initial attack causes the neutralization of the free radical....... and carotenoids........................ ROS production in organisms is related to both the basal metabolism and the influence of environmental factors2................. as a defense against oxygen toxicity..................... 320 18......... thousands of free radical reactions may occur within a few seconds..........3...........1 Function of Ubiquinone ........ and hydroxyl hydrogen peroxide (H2O2).....................1 Oxidation and Its Implications Oxidation is the transfer of electrons from one atom to another and represents an essential part of aerobic life..... that is................... peroxyl (ROO •)....................6 Other Endogenous Antioxidants ............. Humans and most animals cannot synthesize the majority of these antioxidants and depend on the dietary intake from plant consumption....... another free radical is generated in the process..................4 and environmental stress5...319 18....... nucleic acids.............5........1 Introduction Antioxidants evolved together with the emergence of photosynthesis by cyanobacteria. Aging..................................... if ROS are not immediately intercepted by antioxidants.........3...... This is also followed in the marine environment.

(2) nonenzymatic and nonradical photooxidation. The health implications of tissue lipid oxidation are numerous and well documented.1.8 Studies on the pathological significance of dietary lipid oxidation products have indicated that some lipid oxidation products have cytotoxic. and metal ions.13 Antioxidants counteract oxidation in two different ways: They protect lipids from oxidation initiators. etc. because of their high degree of unsaturation. are essential for counteracting oxidative stress. Three reaction pathways have been proposed: (1) nonenzymatic chain autoxidation. that is.3. being the major cause of the development of off-flavor compounds and rancidity as well as a number of other reactions that reduce the shelf life and nutritive value of food products. antioxidants often act via more than one mechanism that combines different types of antioxidant activity. antioxidants are . marine lipids are relatively more susceptible to oxidation.10 Lipids deteriorate in seafood products during processing. and they stall the propagation phase. Moreover. This can be especially damaging to lipid-rich cell membranes.7 18. In the first two cases a combination of reactions involving 3O2 and 1O2 occurs. and (3) enzymatic oxidation.3 Marine Lipid Oxidation Compared with other food lipids. preventive antioxidants.Antioxidants ◾ 311 loss or oxidation product development. 18.11 and unhealthy compounds that reduce their shelf life and nutritive value.2 Antioxidants Antioxidants are defined as any substance that when present at low concentrations compared with those of an oxidizable substrate. chain-breaking antioxidants. mutagenic. antioxidants are molecules that protect macromolecules from being oxidized.1. significantly delays or prevents oxidation of that substrate.2 Lipid Peroxidation A very damaging effect of oxidant reactive intermediates is lipid peroxidation. carcinogenic.1. Chain-breaking antioxidants intercept •) or participate in halting radical chain propagation. and storage. 1O2. atherogenic.12 In biological systems various biochemical defense mechanisms. free radicals. in which polyunsaturated fatty acids on lipid molecules are attacked and oxidized. for which the human sensory apparatus has a low threshold. propagation. Lipid oxidation of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA)-rich food products results in the development of particularly unpleasant off flavors. initiation. There is increasing evidence that oxidative stress is implicated in the pathogenesis of many inflammatory and degenerative diseases and conditions.9 18. mainly of plant origin. Nevradical oxidation propagators (LOO ertheless. including enzymatic systems and nonenzymatic antioxidants. and angiotoxic effects.9 Preventive antioxidants hinder ROS formation or scavenge spe• cies responsible for oxidation initiation (O2−. Lipid oxidation is a complex procedure induced by oxygen in the presence of initiators such as light. In general.1. handling. For food systems.). Autoxidation occurs through a three-phase process. Nonradical photooxidation seems to be a minor reaction compared with the 3O2-induced radical chain autoxidation. The major components of the antioxidant defense system together with their proposed mechanisms of action are presented in Table 18. protect the cellular components from oxidative damage.1. and termination.1. heat. antioxidants supplied by foods.

chain-breaking antioxidants. lipoic acid. but uncertain in vivo Vitamin E (exogenous) Bilirubin. regenerates oxidized vitamin E 1 O2 quenchers. 275.K. 2004. regenerate oxidized vitamin E Chain-breaking antioxidant. scavenges peroxyradicals. 1O2 quencher Compounds with proven antioxidant activity in vitro. anserine. Rev. carnosine. EDTA. citric acid Polyphenols (exogenous) Chain-breaking antioxidant.. Crit.. melanins (endogenous) Source: Adapted from Willcox. Cu) Low Molecular Mass Ascorbic acid (exogenous) Carotenoids (exogenous) Coenzyme Q (endogenous) Urate (endogenous) Phospholipids (endogenous) Polyphosphates.1 Major Components of Antioxidant Defense System and Proposed Mechanism of Action Antioxidant Species Mechanism of Action Enzymes Catalase Glutathione peroxidase Superoxide dismutase (SOD) Thioredoxin ROS detoxification (reduction of H2O2 to water) ROS detoxification (reduction of H2O2 to water) ROS detoxification (removal of superoxide radical) ROS detoxification (reduction of peroxides) Metal Ion Sequestration Transferrin Albumin Ceruloplasmin Ferritin Lactalbumin Phytochelatins Transient metal chelators (chelates Fe) Transient metal chelators (chelates Fe. ROS detoxification (hydroperoxides). synergistic to vitamin E Transient metal chelators Transient metal chelators (the ones with o-diphenolic structure). . chain-breaking antioxidants Synergistic to vitamin E Scavenges NO2 Transient metal chelators. 44.312 ◾ Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis Table 18. Food Sci. J. Zn. et al. sex hormones melatonin. 2-oxo acids. Cu) Transient metal chelators (chelates Cu) Transient metal chelators (chelates Fe) Transient metal chelators (chelates Fe) Transient metal chelators (chelates Cd.

16 and Laguerre et al. oxidative damage to macromolecules is controlled by two types of antioxidant systems.22 whereas in nine Atlantic fish species total SOD values ranged between 157 and 796 U/g fish and Mn-SOD ranged between 45 and 751 U/g. for quality control of fish oil and fish oil-containing foods.15 Griffiths et al. coenzyme Q.2 and 18. Cu. and heart.17 and Wood et al.3. spleen. carotenoids. Kolanowski et al. the correlation of instrumental and sensory methods with multivariate data analysis should be followed.7 U/mg of protein. cephalopods. The available methods for monitoring the antioxidant capacity in biological and food systems in vitro or in vivo were recently reviewed by MacDonald-Wicks et al. column chromatography and the more sophisticated gas chromatography (GC).3 Antioxidants in Seafood and Seafood Products In living organisms. voltammetric. Catalase activities ranged between 386 and 1523 mmol/ min/g tissue in several Atlantic fish and was higher in liver. thiols. The available methods have been reviewed by Rajalakshmi and Narasimhan.21 In several species of teleosts. the latter including paper.9 and 9.2 Determination of Antioxidants and Antioxidant Capacity in Biological and Food Systems Analytical techniques developed for some of the common endogenous or exogenous antioxidants range from qualitative detection by color-developing reactions to semiquantitative and quantitative determinations by means of spectroscopic.Antioxidants ◾ 313 effective at very low concentration levels.1 Cu/Zn SOD were purified from marine fish tissues.1 Antioxidant Enzymes Catalases are metal-containing enzymes. with Mn.9 The determination of specific waterand fat-soluble antioxidants is discussed in Sections 18. 18. bilirubin. tocopherols. and crustaceans from the Mediterranean sea. blue-green algae. thin-layer. 18.3.3. At higher levels most of them behave as prooxidants possibly due to their involvement in the initiation reactions. Cu/Zn-SOD activities ranged between 1. and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) alone or combined with mass spectroscopy.20 Superoxide dismutases (SOD): SODs are metalloproteins. Zn. pol