Download the full-sized PDF of Oat protein structure-function properties and value-added applicationDownload the full-sized PDF



Permanent link (DOI):


Export to: EndNote  |  Zotero  |  Mendeley


This file is in the following communities:

Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of


This file is in the following collections:

Theses and Dissertations

Oat protein structure-function properties and value-added application Open Access


Other title
oat protein
thermal gelation
enzymatic hydrolysis
Type of item
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Nieto Nieto, Talina V
Supervisor and department
Ozimek, Lech (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
Chen, Lingyun (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
Examining committee member and department
Chan, Catherine (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
Vasanthan, Thava (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
Department of Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science
Food Science and Technology
Date accepted
Graduation date
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
The global protein market is growing with focus on plant-based proteins. Oat protein is a good source of plant protein, and is regarded as a by-product of the β-glucan extraction process; therefore oat protein is waiting research to develop its full potential. Globular proteins in oat closely resemble the proteins in soy, which have demonstrated good gelling properties. Thus, this research aims to develop a new oat protein based gelling ingredient for food and non-food applications. For this, it was necessary to complete a systematic study of the thermal gelation of oat protein under different environmental conditions. Mechanical and rheological properties of oat protein gels were determined and their microstructures were observed. We attempted to better understand gelling mechanisms of oat protein based systems by correlating protein structure changes during heating to gel microstructures and bulk properties. Special emphasis was placed on enzymatic hydrolysis and protein-polysaccharide blending, as two important strategies to improve oat protein gelling properties due to their mild reaction conditions and in consequence higher consumer acceptability. In the first part of this work, the effect of enzymatic hydrolysis on the structure and gelling properties of oat proteins was investigated. Flavourzyme and trypsin hydrolysates could form gels with similar mechanical strength and water-holding capacity comparable to animal protein. The acidic polypeptide of the 12S fraction exerted great influence over the gelling ability of oat protein. Partial hydrolysis with the appropriate enzyme altered the charges on the protein molecular chains, allowing a balance between attractive and repulsive forces at pH 8 and 9 to establish strong three-dimensional gel networks when heated at 110 and 120˚C. Additionally it was suggested that the partial hydrolysis also led to increased exposure of hydrophobic groups that remained in the peptide chains, which allowed development of gel with improved strength via hydrophobic interactions. Both oat protein and its hydrolysates gels exhibited excellent water holding capacity at neutral or mildly alkaline conditions. In the second part of this work, the impact of polysaccharide addition on oat protein gelling properties was investigated. Four different types of polysaccharide were tested including inulin, dextrin, carrageenan and chitosan. A synergistic effect was observed when gels were prepared under conditions that favored segregative phase separation. In contrast an antagonistic effect was observed when gels were prepared under conditions that promoted attractive interactions. This was especially evident for oat protein gels prepared with carrageenan at neutral pH, as a two-fold increase in mechanical strength was observed. Moreover, it has been suggested that strong repulsive forces caused by carrageenan addition resulted in a highly order network structure which permitted the development of hydrogen and hydrophobic interactions to further strengthen the protein networks. The findings from this work may encourage oat producers to promote the utilization of oat protein as an ingredient for human consumption, which could add economic value to their operations, and also motivate food producers to apply oat protein as a gelling agent in response to the increasing demand for plant-based proteins, which could increase the profit generated by producers and processors.
Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
Citation for previous publication

File Details

Date Uploaded
Date Modified
Audit Status
Audits have not yet been run on this file.
File format: pdf (PDF/A)
Mime type: application/pdf
File size: 6414901
Last modified: 2016:06:24 18:28:34-06:00
Filename: NietoNieto_Talina_V_201505_PhD.pdf
Original checksum: f2722a5ed7d6e65f62559a3e0bb814f1
Activity of users you follow
User Activity Date