Role of lactate dehydrogenase in metmyoglobin reduction and color stability of different bovine muscles. Academic Article uri icon


  • The role of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) in metmyoglobin reducing activity (MRA) and color stability of different bovine muscles was studied in two consecutive experiments. In experiment 1, three different bovine muscles -M. longissimus lumborum (LL), M. semimembranosus (SM), and M. psoas major (PM) - were obtained (n=7, respectively), cut into steaks, PVC packaged, and then displayed for 7days at 1C. The LL was the most red over display time and had more (P<0.05) LDH-B activity (catalyzing toward NADH generation), LDH1 isoform expression, NADH, and higher (P<0.05) MRA than the other two muscles studied. The PM had the least color stability and lowest MRA. In experiment 2, LL steaks (n=8) were cut in half, one side syringe-injected with oxamate, and the other injected with distilled water. Inclusion of oxamate decreased (P<0.05) LDH-B activity, NADH, and a* values after 10days display at 1C. These results suggest that variation in color stability of physiologically different muscles is regulated by different replenishment rates of NADH via different LDH isozymes.

published proceedings

  • Meat Sci

author list (cited authors)

  • Kim, Y. H., Keeton, J. T., Smith, S. B., Berghman, L. R., & Savell, J. W.

citation count

  • 38

complete list of authors

  • Kim, YH||Keeton, JT||Smith, SB||Berghman, LR||Savell, JW

publication date

  • January 2009