Antihypertensive properties of tilapia (Oreochromis spp.) frame and skin enzymatic protein hydrolysates

  • Hsin-Chieh Lin
  • Adeola M. Alashi
  • Rotimi E. Aluko
  • Bonnie Sun Pan
  • Yu-Wei Chang
Keywords: Tilapia, frame protein hydrolysate, skin protein hydrolysate, angiotensin I-converting enzyme, renin, spontaneously hypertensive rats


Proteins from tilapia frame and skin can potentially be precursors of antihypertensive peptides according to the result of BIOPEP analyses. The aim was to generate peptides with inhibitory effects against angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) and renin from tilapia frame and skin protein isolates (FPI and SPI). The most active hydrolysate was then tested for blood pressure-lowering ability in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). Tilapia frame and skin protein hydrolysates (FPHs and SPHs) were respectively produced from FPI and SPI hydrolysis using pepsin, papain, or bromelain. The ACE-inhibitory activities of tilapia protein hydrolysates with varying degree of hydrolysis (DH) were evaluated. In order to enhance the activity, the hydrolysate was fractionated into four fractions (<1 kDa, 1–3 kDa, 3–5 kDa, and 5–10 kDa) and the one with the greatest ability to inhibit in vitro ACE and renin activities was subjected to oral administration (100 mg/kg body weight) to SHRs. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP and DBP), mean arterial pressure (MAP), and heart rates (HR) were subsequently measured within 24 h. The pepsin-hydrolyzed FPH (FPHPe) with the highest DH (23%) possessed the strongest ACE-inhibitory activity (IC 50 : 0.57 mg/mL). Its <1 kDa ultrafiltration fraction (FPHPe1) suppressed both ACE (IC 50 : 0.41 mg/mL) and renin activities more effectively than larger peptides. In addition, FPHPe1 significantly ( p < 0.05) reduced SBP (maximum −33 mmHg), DBP (maximum −24 mmHg), MAP (maximum −28 mmHg), and HR (maximum −58 beats) in SHRs. FPHPe1 showed both in vitro and in vivo antihypertensive effects, which suggest tilapia processing coproducts may be valuable protein raw materials for producing antihypertensive peptides.


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Lin, H.-C., Alashi, A., Aluko, R., Pan, B. S., & Chang, Y.-W. (2017). Antihypertensive properties of tilapia (Oreochromis spp.) frame and skin enzymatic protein hydrolysates. Food & Nutrition Research, 61. Retrieved from
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