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Food Chem ; 304: 125428, 2020 Jan 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31476548


To protect allergic patients and guarantee correct food labeling, robust, specific and sensitive detection methods are urgently needed. Mass spectrometry (MS)-based methods could overcome the limitations of current detection techniques. The first step in the development of an MS-based method is the identification of biomarkers, which are, in the case of food allergens, peptides. Here, we implemented a strategy to identify the most salient peptide biomarkers in peanuts. Processed peanut matrices were prepared and analyzed using an untargeted approach via high-resolution MS. More than 300 identified peptides were further filtered using selection criteria to strengthen the analytical performance of a future, routine quantitative method. The resulting 16 peptides are robust to food processing, specific to peanuts, and satisfy sequence-based criteria. The aspect of multiple protein isoforms is also considered in the selection tree, an aspect that is essential for a quantitative method's robustness but seldom, if ever, considered.

Food Chem ; : 125679, 2019 Oct 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31718834


The interest of using LC-MS/MS as a method for detection of allergens in food is growing. In such methods, peptides are used as biomarkers for the detection and quantification of the allergens. The selection of good biomarker peptides is of high importance to develop a specific, universal and sensitive method. Biomarkers should, for example, be robust to food processing. To evaluate robustness, test material incurred with hazelnut having undergone different food processing techniques was produced. Proteins of these materials were extracted, digested and further analyzed using HRMS. After peptide identification, selection was carried out using several criteria such as hazelnut specificity and amino acid composition. Further selection was done by comparing peptide MS intensities in the different food matrices. Only peptides showing processing robustness were retained. Eventually, eight peptides coming from three major hazelnut proteins were selected as the best biomarkers for hazelnut detection in processed foods.