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Application of Fourier Transform Raman Spectroscopy for Prediction of Bitterness of Peptides

Volume 60, Number 11 (Nov. 2006) Page 1297-1306

Kim, Hyun-Ock; Li-Chan, Eunice C.Y.


The potential application of Fourier transform (FT) Raman spectroscopy to predict the bitterness of peptides was investigated. FT-Raman spectra were measured for the amino acid Phe and 9 synthetic di-, tri-, and tetra peptides composed of Phe, Gly, and Pro. Partial least squares regression (PLS)-1 analysis was applied to correlate the FT-Raman spectra with bitterness intensity values (Rcaf and log 1/T) reported in the literature. Using full cross-validation, Model 1 based on the single spectral data set for the nine peptides yielded a high correlation coefficient for calibration (R = 0.99), but a low correlation coefficient for prediction (R = 0.56). Two models were constructed using the data sets including replicate spectra for the calibrations and were validated using full cross-validation. Using leave-one-sample-set-out calibrations, Model 2, which was developed with the data for the peptides as well as Phe, yielded a low correlation coefficient (R = 0.533) for the prediction of the bitterness, while Model 3 developed with only the peptide data provided better correlation coefficients (R = 0.807 and 0.724 for Rcaf and log 1/T values, respectively). The correlation coefficients for prediction were 0.975 (Rcaf values) and 0.874 (log 1/T values) for Model 4, which was developed using subtracted spectral data (spectra of peptides with higher Rcaf values minus spectra of peptides with lower Rcaf values). Examination of the PLS regression coefficients at wavenumbers most highly correlated with bitterness revealed the importance of hydrophobicity and peptide length on bitterness. This study indicates the potential of FT-Raman spectroscopy as a useful tool for predicting bitterness of peptides and amino acids.