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Revista Colombiana de Ciencias Pecuarias

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SUAREZ, Héctor; GAITAN, Oscar  and  DIAZ, Consuelo. Microstructural and physicochemical analysis of collagen in intramuscular pin bones of Bocachico fish (Prochilodus sp.)Análise microestrutural e físico químico do colágeno presente em espinhos intramusculares do peixe Bocachico (Prochilodus sp.). Rev Colom Cienc Pecua [online]. 2015, vol.28, n.2, pp.188-196. ISSN 0120-0690.

Background: the presence of intramuscular pin bones hinders the production and commercialization of fish fillet products; however, application of physical processes, such as thermal treatments, offers alternatives for the degradation of said bones. Objective: the present study aimed to conduct a microstructural and physicochemical analysis of Bocachico intramuscular pin bones subjected to a thermal treatment. Methods: collagen extracted from intramuscular pin bones of Bocachico fillets was analyzed using SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and viscosity. Pin bones were subjected to 1.5, 2, and 3 minutes heating time and analyzed using electron microscopy and cutting force. Results: intramuscular pin bones contain type I collagen. Threeminute thermal treatment degraded collagen components present in the internal pin bone structure, coinciding with the lowest values of the cutting force test. Conclusions: according to our results, collagen degradation initiates in the internal structure of intramuscular pin bones and moves towards the external layer which does not show the effects of thermal treatment.

Keywords : aquaculture; connective tissue; meat; microstructure.

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