Antioxidant and Neuroprotective Effects of Doenjang Prepared with Rhizopus, Pichia, and Bacillus

  • Kang, Su Jin (School of Food Science and Biotechnology (BK21 Plus Program), Kyungpook National University) ;
  • Seo, Ji Yeon (School of Food Science and Biotechnology (BK21 Plus Program), Kyungpook National University) ;
  • Cho, Kye Man (Department of Food Science, Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology) ;
  • Lee, Chang Kwon (Department of Research and Developement, Monggo Foods Co., Ltd.) ;
  • Kim, Jeong Hwan (Division of Applied Life Science (BK21 Plus), Graduate School, and Institute of Agriculture and Life Science, Gyeongsang National University) ;
  • Kim, Jong-Sang (School of Food Science and Biotechnology (BK21 Plus Program), Kyungpook National University)
  • Received : 2016.05.10
  • Accepted : 2016.07.07
  • Published : 2016.09.30


A new type of doenjang was manufactured by mixing soaked soybean, koji (Rhizopus oryzae), cheonggukjang (Bacillus amyloliquefaciens MJ1-4 and B. amyloliquefaciens EMD17), and Pichia farinosa SY80 as a yeast, salt, and water, followed by fermentation with koji that was made by fermenting whole wheat with R. oryzae. The mixed culture doenjang was designed to have a more palatable flavor and stronger biological activities than the conventional product. The extract of mixed culture doenjang showed higher antioxidant activity than the commercial doenjang as evaluated by the ferric reducing antioxidant power assay although it was not significantly different from the commercial product in 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl and 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulphonic acid) radical scavenging activities. Further, the mixed culture doenjang reduced intracellular reactive oxygen species levels and protected cells from glutamate-induced cytotoxicity more efficiently in human hippocampal HT22 neuroblastoma cells than the commercial doenjang. In conclusion, a newly-developed mixed culture doenjang had a strong antioxidant activity in vitro and cultured cell model systems, exhibited a potential to prevent oxidative stress-associated disorders although animal and clinical studies are needed to confirm its in vivo efficacy.


Grant : BK21플러스

Supported by : 경상대학교


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