The Chemical Reaction of Glutathione and trans-2-Hexenal in Grape Juice Media to Form Wine Aroma Precursors: The Impact of pH, Temperature, and Sulfur Dioxide

Andrew C. Clark, Rebecca C. Deed

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Abstract

The aldehyde 3-S-glutathionylhexanal is an intermediate which is produced during the formation of the wine aroma precursor 3-S-glutathionylhexanol, after the reaction of glutathione with trans-2-hexenal. This study was conducted to assess whether the chemical, as opposed to the enzymatic, production of 3-S-glutathionylhexanal could occur at a significant rate in grape juice. LC-MS/MS was used in low- and high-resolution modes, in combination with functional group derivatization, to identify and quantitate products. In comparison to cysteine, glutathione was found to induce less cyclized products on reaction with trans-2-alkanals and the glutathione-derived products were more reactive to hydrogen sulfite. The zero-order rates for 3-S-glutathionylhexanal formation in model grape juice were 1.08 ± 0.08 and 0.45 ± 0.05 mg/(L·day) glutathione equivalents at 25 and 13 °C, respectively, and the reaction rate increased 3-fold by increasing the pH from 3.2 to 3.8. 3-S-Glutathionylhexanal was detected in all five white grape juices examined. The concentration of the aldehyde could be increased by up to 10-fold after being released from hydrogen sulfite, demonstrating a potentially novel source for the production of varietal thiol aroma compounds in wine.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1214-1221
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Volume66
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2018

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