Theses and Dissertations


Yin Zhang

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Haque, Zahur Z.

Committee Member

Silva, Juan L.

Committee Member

Williams, J. Byron

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Food Science and Technology

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion


Hydrolysis of casein using chymotrypsin results in the formation of polypeptides (CH) with a hydrophobic aromatic amino acid on one end of the chain because the enzyme selectively cleaves the adjacent peptide-bond. Due to resonance of the aromatic micro-domain, thiols become redox-sensitive and actively participate in electron transfer. These types of amphipathic peptides also tend to be membrane-lytic. The two prong approach of this investigation was to, (1) assess antibacterial effect of the CH in beef steak, and (2), to determine its antioxidative efficacy as a constituent of Cheddar whey based edible coating mix. The edible coating prevented coliform growth even at a minute concentration range of 0.15-0.2 % (w/v). Marked antioxidative efficacy of the CH, particularly at a concentration of 0.3% (w/v), was also evident from its remarkable free radical scavenging ability and extended resilience in an abusive model system saturated with peroxyl-radicals generated through controlled pyrolysis.