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Keywords:

  • degree of hydrolysis;
  • food protein;
  • hydrolysis;
  • proteolytic;
  • analysis

ABSTRACT When producing hydrolyzed proteins, it is important to determine the degree of hydrolysis (DH). The trinitro-benzene-sulfonic acid (TNBS) method is well established with regard to enzymatic hydrolysis. However, this method is laborious, cannot be used to follow a hydrolysis reaction continuously, and includes hazardous and unstable chemicals. This paper describes a method based on the reaction of primary amino groups with o-phthaldialdehyde (OPA). The conclusion is that the OPA method of analyzing the DH of protein hydrolyses is more accurate, is easier and faster to carry out, has a broader application range, and is environmentally safer than the TNBS method.