Interaction between Protein, Phytate, and Microbial Phytase. In Vitro Studies

A.K. Kies, L.H. de Jonge, P.A. Kemme, A.W. Jongbloed

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The interaction between protein and phytate was investigated in vitro using proteins extracted from five common feedstuffs and from casein. The appearance of naturally present soluble protein-phytate complexes in the feedstuffs, the formation of complexes at different pHs, and the degradation of these complexes by pepsin and/or phytase were studied. Complexes of soluble proteins and phytate in the extracts appeared in small amounts only, with the possible exception of rice pollards. Most proteins dissolved almost completely at pH 2, but not after addition of phytate. Phytase prevented precipitation of protein with phytate. Pepsin could release protein from a precipitate, but the rate of release was increased by phytase. Protein was released faster from a protein-phytate complex when phytase was added, but phytase did not hydrolyze protein. Protein was released from the complex and degraded when both pepsin and phytase were added. It appears that protein-phytate complexes are mainly formed at low pH, as occurs in the stomach of animals. Phytase prevented the formation of the complexes and aided in dissolving them at a faster rate. This might positively affect protein digestibility in animals
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1753-1758
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • apparent metabolizable energy
  • phytic acid
  • digestibility
  • phosphorus
  • retention
  • invitro
  • pigs

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