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Title: Effect of Enzymatic Hydrolysis on Native Starch Granule Structure
Authors: Gilbert, EP
Blazek, J
Keywords: Enzymatic Hydrolysis
Starch
X-ray Diffraction
Neutrons
Gelatin
Crystallization
Issue Date: 13-Dec-2010
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Citation: Blazek, J., Gilbert, E.P. (2010). Effect of Enzymatic Hydrolysis on Native Starch Granule Structure. Biomacromolecules, 11(12), 3275-3289.
Abstract: Enzymatic digestion of six starches of different botanical origin was studied in real time by in situ time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and complemented by the analysis of native and digested material by X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, small-angle X-ray scattering, and scanning electron microscopy with the aim of following changes in starch granule nanostructure during enzymatic digestion. This range of techniques enables coverage over five orders of length-scale, as is necessary for this hierarchically structured material. Starches studied varied in their digestibility and displayed structural differences in the course of enzymatic digestion. The use of time-resolved SANS showed that solvent-drying of digested residues does not induce any structural artifacts on the length scale followed by small-angle scattering. In the course of digestion, the lamellar peak intensity gradually decreased and low-q scattering increased. These trends were more substantial for A-type than for B-type starches. These observations were explained by preferential digestion of the amorphous growth rings. Hydrolysis of the semicrystalline growth rings was explained on the basis of a liquid-crystalline model for starch considering differences between A-type and B-type starches in the length and rigidity of amylopectin spacers and branches. As evidenced by differing morphologies of enzymatic attack among varieties, the existence of granular pores and channels and physical penetrability of the amorphous growth ring affect the accessibility of the enzyme to the substrate. The combined effects of the granule microstructure and the nanostructure of the growth rings influence the opportunity of the enzyme to access its substrate; as a consequence, these structures determine the enzymatic digestibility of granular starches more than the absolute physical densities of the amorphous growth rings and amorphous and crystalline regions of the semicrystalline growth rings. © 2011, American Chemical Society.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/bm101124t
http://apo.ansto.gov.au/dspace/handle/10238/3697
ISSN: 1525-7797
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