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Keywords:

  • hake;
  • reproductive cycle;
  • actomyosin;
  • fish fillets;
  • frozen storage

ABSTRACT

Protein solubility, reduced and intrinsic viscosity, and enzymatic activities of actomyosin showed that frozen fillets from pre-spawned hake, stored at — 20°C, deteriorated faster than those from post-spawned hake. The post-spawned actomyosin showed an 18% increase in reduced viscosity, a larger hydrophilic surface, and an increase (P<0.001) in Mg2+-, Mg2+-EGTA- and Ca2+-ATPase activities. Protein solubilities of 85.5 52.5 ± and 33 ± 2.0% were obtained at the end of storage for post and pre-spawned fillets, respectively. Enzymatic activities of post-spawned fillets persisted up to 60 days. No changes were detected in characteristic polypeptide bands of actomyosin or in the myosin/actin ratio related to either gonadal condition during storage.