Determination of sulfur amino acids in foods as related to bioavailability.


During the processing of feedstuffs and foods, methionine can be oxidized to methionine sulfoxide and methionine sulfone, and cysteine can be oxidized to cysteic acid. Methionine sulfone and cysteic acid are nutritionally unavailable, but methionine sulfoxide can be utilized, at least to some degree. The degree of utilization depends on the levels of methionine, cysteine, and methionine sulfoxide in the diet, but there is no consensus in the literature on the quantitative impact of these dietary constituents on methionine sulfoxide utilization. Methionine and cysteine are most often determined after quantitative oxidation to methionine sulfone and cysteic acid, respectively, using performic acid oxidation prior to hydrolysis. However, this method may overestimate the methionine content of processed foods, as it will include any methionine sulfoxide and methionine sulfone present. A selection of analytical methods has been developed to allow the separate determination of the 3 oxidized forms of methionine, the merits of which are discussed in this review. An additional consideration for determining methionine and cysteine bioavailability is that not all dietary methionine and cysteine is digested and absorbed from the small intestine. Selected methods designed to determine the extent of digestion and absorption are discussed. Finally, a concept for a new assay for determining methionine bioavailability, which includes determining the digestibility of methionine and methionine sulfoxide as well as the utilization of methionine sulfoxide, is presented.


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@article{Rutherfurd2008DeterminationOS, title={Determination of sulfur amino acids in foods as related to bioavailability.}, author={Shane M. Rutherfurd and Paul J. Moughan}, journal={Journal of AOAC International}, year={2008}, volume={91 4}, pages={907-13} }