Characteristic Analysis of Peptide Fraction Extracted from Dendrobium aphyllum After In Vitro Gastrointestinal Digestion and Fermentation by Human Fecal Microbiota

  • Huifan Liu
  • Juanjuan Ma
  • Zhina Yin
  • Hui Wu


To characterize the digestive properties of an antioxidative peptide fraction (DA-P peptide) extracted from Dendrobium aphyllum and its effects following fermentation, DA-P peptide was used as a substrate for artificially stimulated in vitro gastrointestinal digestion and fermentation by human fecal microbiota. After in vitro digestion, the reducing power and DPPH- and ABTS- free radical-scavenging capabilities of DA-P peptide were significantly improved. During fermentation, changes in pH, peptide contents, and enzyme activities were evaluated and the results were well-correlated with each other; DA-P peptide lowered the pH value of the fermentation environment and stimulated the proliferation and metabolism of intestinal flora, indicating that DA-P peptide enhanced colon health. Thus, DA-P peptide showed antioxidative activities after gastrointestinal digestion and beneficial effects on intestinal flora when fermented by gut microbiota. Our results provide a foundation for studies of D. aphyllum peptide, which has not been widely examined.


Antioxidative peptide Dendrobium aphyllum In vitro digestion In vitro fermentation Enzyme activity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Food Science and EngineeringSouth China University of TechnologyGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Food Quality and SafetySouth China University of TechnologyGuangzhouChina

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