Polyphenol extracts from Ascophyllum nodosum protected sea cucumber (Apostichopus japonicas) body wall against thermal degradation during tenderization

Yu Ming, Yingzhen Wang, Yuqianqian Xie, Xiufang Dong, Yoshimasa Nakamura, Xing Chen, Hang Qi

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To retard the protein degradation during sea cucumber processing, polyphenol extracts from Ascophyllum nodosum (PhE) was used as a potential antioxidant to maintain the structural integrity of sea cucumber body wall. Accordingly, the protection effects of PhE (0, 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 mg PhE/g SFBW) against thermal degradation of the solid fragments of body wall (SFBW) have been investigated in order to evaluate their impact on the oxidation level and structural changes. Electronic Spin Resonance results showed that PhE could significantly inhibit the occurrence of oxidation by scavenging the free radicals. The effect of PhE on chemical analysis of soluble matters in SFBW was characterized by SDS-PAGE and HPLC. Compared with thermally treated SFBW, samples with PhE presented a decrease in protein dissolution. Thermal treatment resulted in the disintegration of collagen fibrils and fibril bundles in SFBW samples, while the density of collagen fibrils was increased, and the porosity decreased in samples with PhE. The results of FTIR and intrinsic tryptophan fluorescence confirmed that the structures of SFBW were modified by PhE. Besides, the denaturing temperature and decomposition temperature were both improved with the addition of PhE. These results suggested that PhE appeared to have a positive effect on lowering oxidation and improving thermostability and structural stability of SFBW, which could provide a theoretical basis for protecting sea cucumber body wall against degradation during thermal tenderization.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112419
JournalFood Research International
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023


  • Molecular structure
  • Oxidation
  • Polyphenol extracts from Ascophyllum nodosum
  • Sea cucumber (Apostichopus japonicas)
  • Thermal degradation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science


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