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rumpel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-02-07 12:10 AM
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21. the scariest part of this all is
Edited on Mon Apr-02-07 12:11 AM by rumpel
that none of the labs have conclusively identified the culprit.

It may be a combination of materials - and then again worrisome is what howl911 posts:

Enzymatic modification to boost wheat gluten gelling

11/27/2006 - Modifying wheat gluten protein with transglutaminase enzymes improves the gelling, rheological and textural properties, claim Chinese researchers - a result that may offer value-added solutions for a wide range of food products.

"Modification of the gluten protein provides an alternative which may be useful for maximizing the texturisation of the proteins by TGase reaction," wrote lead author Jin-Shui Wang in the journal Food Hydrocolloids.

This is not the first report on using TGase to modify the functional properties of proteins. Indeed, previous studies have looked at the effect of this enzyme on casein, soy proteins, whey proteins, myosin, and globulin. However, the new study adds significantly to these earlier ones by probing the gelling behaviour of the insoluble wheat gluten proteins, as well as the rheological and texture properties of the resulting gels.

Moreover, the research could open up for an extended use of wheat gluten proteins, a readily available and cheap inexpensive ingredient, previously lacking because of limitations with the ingredient, suggest the researchers.

"The expanded utilisation of wheat gluten proteins in food and non-food industrials has been limited by lack of some desirable functional properties, such as solubility and emulsifying properties," explained Wang.


http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/news-by-product/news.a...

and a scientific paper on this modfied wheat gluten

Introduction

The progression of chronic renal insufficiency is characterized by a relentless fibrosis of the kidney. Both increased synthesis and decreased breakdown of the renal extracellular matrix (ECM)1 have been implicated (1, 2). The latter may be due to changes in the ECM-regulating enzymes, including a fall in renal metalloproteinases, or an increase in their inhibitors (tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases and plasminogen activator inhibitors) (3, 4). Another factor in the pathogenesis of renal fibrosis may be the resistance of the deposited ECM to breakdown. This resistance has been put forward as a contributing factor in the development of other fibrogenic processes, including lung fibrosis and atherosclerosis (5). Tissue transglutaminase-induced cross-linking of the ECM may underlie its resistance to breakdown.



sorry forgot link
http://www.jci.org/cgi/content/full/99/12/2950
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