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Production of bioactive peptides from Baltic herring (Clupea harengus membras): Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 Inhibitory, antioxidant and antiproliferative properties

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posted on 2023-03-08, 15:08 authored by Sari Mäkinen, Jaakko Hiidenhovi, Xin Huang, Amanda dos Santos Lima, Luciana Azevedo, Jari Setälä, Anna-Liisa Välimaa, Pirjo H. Mattila, Daniel GranatoDaniel Granato

This study aimed to produce bioactive protein hydrolysates from undervalued fish, namely Baltic herring, and its filleting by-products. Protein hydrolysates were produced with Alcalase and Flavourzyme to achieve effective hydrolysis. The hydrolysates were evaluated for chemical composition, molecular weight distribution, antioxidant capacity, dipeptidyl-peptidase 4 (DPP4) inhibitory activity, effects on cell proliferation and surface hydrophobicity. The protein content of the hydrolysates was high, from 86% to 91% (dm), while the fat content was low, from 0.3% to 0.4% (dm). The hydrolysates showed high DPP4 inhibition activities with IC50 values from 5.38 mg/mL to 7.92 mg/mL. The scavenging activity of the hydrolysates towards DPPH was low, but an intermediate Folin–Ciocalteu reducing capacity and Cu2+ chelating ability was observed. The solid phase extraction with Sep-Pak C18 cartridges increased the DPP4 inhibition activity and antioxidant capacity, indicating peptides’ crucial role in the bioactivities. The cytotoxicity of the hydrolysates was evaluated on the HCT8, IMR90, and A549 cell lines. The hydrolysates inhibited cell growth in the cancer and normal cells, although they did not reduce cell viability and were not lethal. Overall, our results indicate that protein hydrolysates from Baltic herring have potential as health-promoting foods and nutraceuticals, especially for enhancing healthy blood glucose regulation.



Molecules, 27, 5816



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This research was funded by the Finnish Operational Programme of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (the Project “Blue Welfare Network-Blue Products”, Project no. 33338), and Strategic funding of Natural Resources Institute Finland (the Project NoVaPro).

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