Tânia G. Tavares

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Processing of whey proteins yields several bioactive peptides that can trigger physiological effects in the human body: on the nervous system via their opiate and ileum-contracting activities; on the cardiovascular system via their antithrombotic and antihypertensive activities; on the immune system via their antimicrobial and antiviral activities; and on(More)
SCOPE The aim of this study was to investigate the antihypertensive effect of a peptide fraction (PepC) obtained from a whey protein concentrate following hydrolysis by Cynara cardunculus, as well as of its fraction with MW below 3 kDa (PepCF). Both these concentrates encompassed peptides that exhibited potent in vitro inhibition of angiotensin-converting(More)
Whey protein concentrate (WPC) was subjected to enzymatic hydrolysis by proteases from the flowers of Cynara cardunculus, and the resulting angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE)-inhibitory effect was monitored. The whole WPC hydrolysate exhibited an IC(50) value of 52.9 ± 2.9 μg/mL, whereas the associated peptide fraction with molecular weight below 3 kDa(More)
BACKGROUND Probiotic whey cheeses have been produced for several years. It is recognized that several bacterium-mediated metabolic activities contribute differently to the final sensory and nutritional profiles of dairy products. Hence the metabolic activity of probiotic strains in a whey cheese and their contribution to the bioactivity of such matrices(More)
An intracellular hydrolase able to cleave l-lysine-p-nitroanilide was purified from Lactobacillus plantarum strain ESB5004 via two steps of precipitation with ammonium sulfate (at 30 and 50% (w/v)), followed by hydrophobic interaction and ion-exchange chromatographies. The aminopeptidase was purified up to 11-fold, with a final yield of ca. 1%. Its native(More)
The increase of hen egg consumption demands profitable applications for eggshells, including their membranes, in order to minimize environmental and public health problems that could result from their accumulation. This work presents an innovative application for eggshell membranes to obtain an added-value food ingredient that combines maximized(More)
This work attempted to assess the effect of high intensity ultrasound (HIUS) upon development of bio-based delivery systems, from β-lactoglobulin (β-Lg) gelled microparticles, for encapsulation of a bioactive peptide concentrate (PepC). Solutions of 150 g L-1 of commercial β-Lg and 30 g L-1 PepC, at various pH values (3.0, 4.0 and 5.5), were accordingly(More)
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