Cheng, Huilin, et al. “Proteolysis and changes in meat quality of chicken pectoralis major and iliotibialis muscles in relation to muscle fiber type distribution.” Poultry Science 101.12 (2022): 102185. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psj.2022.102185
The proteolysis trends and meat quality of the chicken pectoralis major (PM) and iliotibialis (IL) muscles stored at 4°C for 7 d were investigated. After 7 d of storage, the purge loss was higher (P < 0.05) in PM than in IL muscle. The difference in the composition of muscle fibers between PM (100% fast type) and IL (88.85% fast and 11.15% slow types) resulted in differences in proteolysis. Fructose-bisphosphate aldolase, troponin I, myosin heavy chain, and malate dehydrogenase exhibited the same tendencies, but pyruvate kinase, creatine kinase, L-lactate dehydrogenase, and triosephosphate isomerase exhibited different tendencies in the 2 muscles. The activity of cathepsin B was higher in PM than in IL during storage (P < 0.05). These results indicate that the proteolysis trend and changes in meat quality during cold storage are dependent on the different muscle fiber characteristics.