Modulation of Formation, Physicochemical Properties, and Digestion of Ovotransferrin Nanofibrils with Covalent or Non-Covalent Bound Gallic Acid

2019-08-21T20:30:50Z (GMT) by Zihao Wei Qingrong Huang
The impact of covalent or non-covalent bound gallic acid (GA) on the formation, physicochemical properties, and digestion of ovotransferrin (OTF) nanofibrils was comprehensively studied. Thioflavin T fluorescence results revealed that bound GA could inhibit OTF nanofibrillation and that the fibril-inhibitory activity of bound GA was dose dependent. Covalent bound GA exerted stronger inhibition on OTF nanofibrillation than an equal amount of non-covalent bound GA. Atomic force microscopy revealed that covalent bound GA shortened OTF nanofibrils significantly, while non-covalent bound GA did not change the contour length of OTF fibrils remarkably. Bound GA altered diameter of OTF nanofibrils. Both covalent and non-covalent bound GA could alter the zeta potential, surface hydrophobicity, and rheological properties of OTF nanofibrils. Bound GA endowed OTF nanofibrils with a strong antioxidant activity. In vitro gastrointestinal digestion results showed that covalent bound GA elevated the fibril digestion rate better than non-covalent bound GA. Polyphenol binding provided a new approach to modulating the physicochemical properties of protein nanofibrils.