The Critical Aggregation Concentration of ß-Lactoglobulin-Based Fibril Formation

A. Kroes-Nijboer, P. Venema, J. Bouman, E. van der Linden

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The critical aggregation concentration (CAC) for fibril formation of ß-lactoglobulin (ß-lg) at pH 2 was determined at 343, 353, 358, 363, and 383 K using a Thioflavin T assay and was approximately 0.16 wt%. The accuracy of the CAC was increased by measuring the conversion into fibrils at different stirring speeds. The corresponding binding energy per mol, as determined from the CAC, was 13 RT (~40 kJ mol¿1) for the measured temperature range. The fact that the CAC was independent of temperature within the experimental error indicates that the fibril formation of ß-lg at pH 2 and the measured temperature range is an entropy-driven process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-63
JournalFood Biophysics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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