Optimization of Enzymatic Protein Hydrolysis conditions to obtain maximum Angiotensin-I-Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitory activity from Angel Wing Clam (Pholas orientalis) Meat
School of Food Science and Technology, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia
*Corresponding author: Amiza Binti Mat Amin, School of Food Science and Technology, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: October 24, 2016 Accepted: November 16, 2016 Published: March 17, 2017
Citation: Amin AM, Liyana HA, Harun Z. Optimization of Enzymatic Protein Hydrolysis conditions to obtain maximum AngiotensinI-Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitory activity from Angel Wing Clam (Pholas orientalis) Meat. Madridge J Food Technol. 2017; 2(1): 64-72. doi: 10.18689/mjft-1000110
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Optimization of enzymatic protein hydrolysis conditions of angel wing clam (Pholas orientalis) meat to yield maximum angiotensin I-converting enzyme inhibitory (ACE inhibitory) activity was carried out using Response Surface Methodology (RSM). Protein content in angel wing clam meat was 9.04 ± 0.06%. To determine food grade enzyme and range of hydrolysis time to be used in optimization study, screening study was carried out. Four commercial food grade enzymes (Alcalase®, Protamex™, Neutrase® and papain) at 2 and 4 hours hydrolysis time were used to yield the highest ACE inhibitory activity. A further screening study were done on Alcalase® and papain at 1 hour hydrolysis time. It was found that Alcalase® (75.86% ± 2.64) and papain (77.13% ± 2.63) at 1 hour hydrolysis time exhibited the highest ACE inhibitory activity. However, Alcalase® was chosen for the hydrolysis in the optimization study. Four protein hydrolysis parameters including temperature (50°C-60°C), pH (6.5-8.5), hydrolysis time (30 minutes - 90 minutes) and enzyme to substrate (E/S) ratio (1.0% - 2.0%) were employed at three level using a face-centered central composite design (CCD) by using RSM. The enzymatic hydrolysis of angel wing clam meat towards ACE inhibitory activity can be predicted by using quadratic model. The optimum hydrolysis conditions to yield maximum ACE inhibitory activity was at 54.8°C, pH of 7.7, 33 minutes of hydrolysis time and E/S ratio of 1.0%. It was found that the predicted value of ACE inhibitory activity (85.21%) was close to the experimental value (85.64%). This study shows that RSM can be applied successfully to describe interrelationship between hydrolysis conditions and ACE inhibitory activity. On the other hand, the half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) value for angel wing clam meat hydrolysate prepared under optimum condition was 3.63mg/ml±0.48.
Keywords: Angiotensin-I-converting enzyme (ACE); Inhibitory; Hydrolysis; Optimization; Angelwing clam.
Protein hydrolysis is widely used in food industry to modify physiochemical properties of protein, improve nutritional quality of protein and produce bioactive peptides . Protein hydrolysis involves the cleavage of the peptides bonds and breakdown of protein into amino acids and peptides by using acid, alkali or enzyme [2,3]. Enzymatic protein hydrolysis using commercial food grade enzymes are more desirable and consistent due to the better control in term of hydrolysates properties . Bioactive peptides are small protein fragments that may give benefits to humanʼs health .
Angiotensin-I converting enzyme (ACE) plays an important role in the regulation of blood pressure [6,7]. ACE catalyzes the conversion of inactive angiotensin-I into a potent vasoconstrictor, angotensin-II  which leads to hypertension. Antihypertensive drug such as captopril and enalapril are widely used in hypertension treatment and other cardio-related diseases . However, these synthetic antihypertensive drugs may cause several adverse secondary effects. Therefore, search for safer ACE inhibitors as alternatives to synthetic drugs is of great interest among researchers and many natural and safe ACE inhibitory peptides have been isolated from functional food and natural bio-resources [9,10]. ACE inhibitors with maximum inhibitory activities can be obtained through the optimization of protein hydrolysis conditions. Response Surface Methodology is a commonly used tool to optimize chemical process conditions to obtain desired responses whereby the mathematical model generated could explain the relationship between the variables and the responses .
Anglewing clam is a bivalve mollusc found mostly in the tidal flats of Southeast Asia . Angelwing clam is very rich in protein . Hence, it has the potential to be the substrate to prepare ACE inhibitory peptides. Normah and Nurul Fasihah  have reported on the physicochemical properties and bitterness of angelwing clam hydrolysate hydrolyzed using 3% bromelain for 2 hrs. They reported that the resulting hydrolysate with degree of hydrolysis of 12.57% gave bitter taste. To date, no study has been reported on the optimization of ACE inhibitory activity from angelwing clam (Pholas orientalis). The objectives of this study were to determine the effect of different types of commercial food grade enzymes and hydrolysis time on the ACE inhibitory activity of angelwing clam meat, to optimize the enzymatic protein hydrolysis conditions (pH, temperature, time and enzyme concentration) with maximum ACE inhibitory activity from angelwing clam meat and finally to determine the half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) of ACE inhibitory from angelwing clam meat hydrolysate prepared at optimum conditions.
Twenty kilograms of whole fresh angelwing clam was purchased from a supplier in Sekinchan, Kuala Selangor, Malaysia and transported in ice to the laboratory. The clams were pried open with knife to obtain its flesh, cleaned and washed for several times to remove any contaminants. A total of 4.6 kg of angelwing clam meat obtained from 20 kg of whole angelwing clams was homogenized using a food processor and packed in plastic bags and stored at -20°C. Determination of protein content of the homogenized angelwing clam meat was done using Kjeldahl method according to AOAC .
Chemicals and reagents
The commercial food grade enzymes used (Alcalase®, Neutrase®, Protamex™ and papain), Angiotensin-I-converting enzyme (ACE) and Hipurry-L-histidyl-L-leucine (HHL) were purchased from Sigma-Aldrich (M) Sdn. Bhd. Other chemicals used were of analytical grades.
Preparation of lyophilized angelwing clam meat hydrolysate
Hydrolysis mixture of anglewing clam flesh, enzyme and water was prepared according to AOAC . The mixture was heated at 85°C for 20 minutes in a water bath (TE-10D Temp., Techne, UK) to deactivate the endogenous enzymes. Method of Ko et al.  with some modification, were employed in the enzymatic hydrolysis of anglewing clam. pH of the hydrolysis was adjusted according to table 1 by 1.0 M NaOH using a pH meter (InoLab pH 720, Wissenschaftlich-Technische Werkstatten GmbH, Germany) while water bath shaker (Shaker Bath 903, Protech, UK) was used to adjust the temperature. Enzymatic hydrolysis was started by addition of the enzyme into hydrolysis mixture. Once the hydrolysis completed, the mixture was heated at 85°C for 20 minutes in a water bath to inactivate the proteinase activity. The cooled protein hydrolysate was centrifuged at 10,000 rpm (at 4°C for 5 minutes). The resulting supernatant was then frozen, prior freezed drying. The lyophilized angelwing clam meat hydrolysate was kept in airtight container for further ACE inhibitory assay .
Screening of four commercial food grade proteinases (Alcalase®, ProtamexTM, Neutrase® and papain) was carried out to determine the proteinase that gave the highest ACE inhibitory activity from angelwing clam meat hydrolysis. The enzyme concentration was fixed to 1%, while hydrolysis was completed in 2 and 4 hours of hydrolysis time.
Determination of in-vitro ACE inhibitory activity
ACE inhibitory activity was determined using spectrophotometric assay according to Cushman and Cheung . It was based on the hydrolysis of hippuryl-L-histidyl-L-leucine (HHL) by ACE to hippuric acid (HA) and histidyl-leucine (HL) as products. Hippuric acid measurement was carried out at 228 nm.
Firstly, 50 µl buffer of angelwing clam meat protein hydrolysate sample (1 mg/ml) and 50 µl of ACE solution (2 mU/ml) were pre-incubated at 37°C for 10 minutes by using a water bath (Shaker bath 903, Protech, UK). Then, the hydrolysate was incubated with 150 µl of the substrate (2.17mM HHL in 0.1 M sodium borate buffer containing 0.3 M NaCl at pH 8.3) at 37°C for 30 minutes. Lastly, 250 µl of 1M HCl was added to stop the reaction. The resulting HA was extracted with 500 µl of ethyl acetate. The aliquot (200 µl) of the extract was evaporated in a dry oven (UNB 400, Memmert, Germany) at 80°C for 30 minutes. Completely dried HA formed a white ring precipitate at the bottom of the container. The residue was then dissolved in 1 ml distilled water and its absorbance was measured at 288 nm using UV-Visible spectrophotometer (Gary 50 Probe, Varian Inc., USA).
The ACE inhibitory activity was calculated by using the following formula:
inhibition (%) = Ac - As/Ac - Ab
Ac = Absorbance of control sample (HHL + buffer + ACE)
AS = Absorbance of sample solution (HHL + sample + ACE)
Ab = Absorbance of blank solution (HHL + buffer)
Optimization of enzymatic protein hydrolysis to obtain maximum ACE inhibitory activity
Optimization of enzymatic hydrolysis was done using Response Surface Methodology (RSM) with a face-centered Central Composite Design (CCD) to optimize the hydrolysis conditions including pH, temperature, hydrolysis time and enzyme to substrate concentration ratio (% w/w). The design was employed at three equidistant levels (Table 2) which generated 30 experimental runs with 6 central points .
Validation of optimum condition
Validation was carried out to check the validity of the predicted value suggested from RSM. The hydrolysis of angelwing clam meat at optimum condition suggested was carried out in quadruplicates. The lyophilized hydrolysate from each replicate was analyzed for ACE inhibitory activity. The mean of experimental values was then compared with predicted value using one sample t-test.
Determination of half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) of angelwing clam hydrolysateprepared at optimum conditions
Half maximal inhibitory concentration or IC50 is defined as the inhibitorʼs concentration needed to inhibit 50% of the activity of ACE . IC50 of angelwing clam meat hydrolysate prepared at optimum condition was analyzed for its ACE inhibitory determination. Serial dilutions of angelwing clam meat hydrolysate used were 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 mg/ml. A graph of ACE inhibitory versus concentration of angelwing clam meat hydrolysate was plotted to determine the IC50.
For screening study, one-way ANOVA was used to compare the ACE inhibitory activity between commercial food grade proteinases and hydrolysis time. For optimization study, the data was analyzed using Design Expert 6.0.10 software (Stat-Ease Inc, USA). The data was subjected to statistical analysis of variance (ANOVA). The important analysis included sequential model sum of squares, ANOVA, final equation and suggested solutions for optimization were given by the software. For validation study, one-sample t-test was used to compare the closeness between the predicted ACE inhibitory value and the experimental ACE inhibitory value.
Results and Discussion
Yield and protein content of angelwing clam meat
Protein content of raw angelwing clam meat was 9.04 ± 0.06% and it is lower compared to angelwing clam flesh reported by Normah and Nurfazlika (13.72 ± 0.56%)  Normah and Nurul Fasihah (25.91± 0.56%) . The difference in protein content is due to the difference in protein content method. This study used Kjeldahl method, while Normah and Nurul Fasihah  used Lowry method. Besides, the protein content of angelwing clam may vary due to the differences in habitat of angelwing clam sample obtained, the feed intake and sexual changes in connection with spawning .
Screening of commercial food grade enzymes and hydrolysis time
The objective of screening was to identify the most suitable enzyme in producing the highest ACE inhibitory activity. Figure 1 shows that there is no difference of ACE activity of hydrolysate from different enzymes. However, hydrolysate from papain and Alcalase® enzymatic hydrolysate gave higher ACE inhibitory activity compared to other enzymes. Further screeening was carried out to check whether 1 hour of hydrolysis using papain and Alcalase® will produce higher or lower level ACE inhibitory activity, compared to 2 and 4 hours of hydrolysis. Figure 2 shows the ACE inhibitory activity of Alcalase® and papain hydrolysis in which 1 hour hydrolysis time gave higher ACE inhibitory activity compared to 2 and 4 hours, for both proteinases (p<0.05). In addition, 1 hour of papain hydrolysis (77.13% ± 2.63%) gave higher ACE inhibitory activity compared to Alcalase® (75.88% ± 2.64), but there was no significant different (p<0.05). Alcalase® was chosen for optimization study to obtain maximum ACE inhibitory activity from angelwing clam meat, because Alcalase® is more economical than papain and it is originated from microbial sources . Based on the result in figure 2, the suitable range of hydrolysis time is between 1-2 hours.
Previous studies have reported that hydrolysate from food proteins hydrolyzed using Alcalase® had shown potent ACE inhibitory activities such as hydrolysates of salmon by product  blood cockle , dark muscle tuna by product , seaweed [23,24] and squid gelatine . This suggests that Alcalase® dominated most of the enzymatic protein hydrolysis. According to Qu et al. , the pH values used for enzymatic hydrolysis for Alcalase® was in alkaline condition whereas for Protamex™, Neutrase® and papain were near acidic or neutral condition. Alcalase® aided protein hydrolysis with a high degree in a short duration, under moderate pH conditions as compared to neutral or acidic enzyme [24-26]. Furthermore, Alcalase® was able to produce shorter peptides sequences and terminal amino acid sequences .
Optimization of enzymatic protein hydrolysis conditions of angelwing clam meat to obtain maximum ACE inhibitory activity using Alcalase®
Response Surface Methodology (RSM) was employed to optimize the enzymatic protein hydrolysis of angelwing clam meat using Alcalase® to obtain maximum ACE inhibitory activity. Design Expert 6.0.10 software generated the experimental design and analyzed the experimental data collected. Table 3 shows the data of ACE inhibitory activity obtained from 30 runs of enzymatic protein hydrolysis. The range of ACE inhibitory activity obtained was from 54.6% to 85.17%. Based on the data, the highest ACE inhibitory activity was obtained with hydrolysis at temperature of 55 °C, pH 7.5, hydrolysis time of 60 minutes and 1.5% of enzyme concentration.
The range of ACE inhibitory activity obtained in this study was higher compared to previous studies such as sardinella by product with ACE inhibitory activity range of 13.2% to 63.2%  whey protein with range of 53.4% to 73.45%  and milk protein with range of 22.4% to 79.7% . However, the range of ACE inhibitory activity in this study is comparable to those of round scad processing waste (55.26-90.78%) and edible birdʼs nest (55.54-88.86%) (unpublished data). The difference in value of ACE inhibitory activity obtained from different protein source may due to different types of source of protein, different range of parameters used and different type of enzymes used during hydrolysis process.
The optimization data of 30 runs were further analyzed through model adequacy checking to examine whether the fitted model can provides an adequate approximation to the true system. Data was analyzed for its analysis of variance (ANOVA), coefficient variation, diagnostic case statistics and response surface plots and effect of factors. The prediction model for the response variable could be fitted into linear, two-factor interaction (2FI), quadratic or cubic. Table 4 shows the suggested model for ACE inhibitory activity of angelwing clam meat hydrolysate. The model equation suggested was quadratic as it posses low standard deviation, high R-squared values and low PRESS value. The standard deviation for the selected model was 2.81 which was the lowest among all models while the R-Squared value for the selected model was 0.9506 which indicated that 95.06% of the variability in the response on ACE inhibitory activity. Although cubic model showed highest R-squared value, but because it was an aliased model, thus it could not be appropriate and useful model. According to Myers et al.  the adjusted R-Squared value is a variation of R-Squared value that reflects the number of factors in the model. Therefore, the adjusted R-Squared value is more preferable closer to 1 but it is usually lower that R-squared value. On the other hands, Prediction Error Sum of Square (PRESS) measures the goodness of the model for the experiment which likely to predict the responses in new experiment . PRESS statistic predicted the residual error sum of square to show how well the model fits the data and smaller the PRESS is preferable .
Most studies on optimization of ACE inhibitory activity can be fitted using quadratic model such as for pacific hake , goldstripe sardine , fish protein hydrolysate from underutilized fish Pellona ditchela  tilapia scale gelatine , shrimp waste  and water-soluble fish . Analysis of variance (ANOVA) statistically evaluated the suggested model to demonstrate which variable would give a significant effect on ACE inhibitory activity. ANOVA was used to evaluate the quality of the model fitted where comparison between the variation between the treatment and the random errors inherent to the measurement of the responses. Table 5 shows the ANOVA for the response surface quadratic model after model reduction. Based on the results, the F-value of the model was 32.74, which indicated that the model was significant with a probability of 0.01% chance that this large F-value could occur due to noise. The Prob > F value with less than 0.05 implied that the model was significant. Thus, in this study, A, B, A², B², D², AB, BC and CD were significant model terms. Meanwhile, the Prob>F value with more 0.05 is not significant model terms and needs to be excluded in order to improve the fitness of the model.
The ”Lack of Fit” test was used to evaluate the fitness of the model. The lack of fit test should be insignificant as significant of the lack of fit implied that the regressor-response relationship are not accounted by the mode . Based on table 5, the “Lack of Fit F-value” was 0.85 which indicated not significant relative to pure error with 63.17% of chance that a “Lack of Fit F-value” could occur due to noise.
Adjusted R-Squared is the number of terms in the model relative to the number of points in the design. Meanwhile, predicted R-Squared is used to estimate the amount the amount of variation in new data explained by the model. Based on table 6, the value of R-Squared was 0.9452. The value of “Pred R-Squared” (0.8563) was close to “Adj R-Squared” value (0.9163). The difference between both values was 0.06. Montgomery  suggested that the difference between Predicted R-Squared and Adjusted R-Squared should be less than 0.2, as greater value indicates there are some problems with the model. Hence, the difference of the value between “Pred R-Squared” and “Adj R-Squared” was acceptable. On the other hands, “Adeq Precision” measures the signal to noise ratio . A ratio that is greater than 4 is desirable. Thus, this model can be used to navigate the design space as the ratio (19.16) was desirable produced adequate signal.
From the model, the final equation in terms of coded factors was as follows:
ACE inhibitory activity = +81.15 - 1.76*A + 1.86*B - 0.059*C - 1.31*D - 13.91*A² - 6.51*B² + 4.13*D² + 2.38*A*B - 2.03*B*C - 2.12*C*D
The final equation in terms of actual factors as following:
ACE inhibitory activity = -1769.02411 + 57.29681*A + 77.46670*B + 0.71866*C - 43.74141*D - 0.55650*A² - 6.51261*B² + 16.52955*D² + 0.47550*A*B - 0.067833*B*C - 0.14125*C*D
Where A represents temperature, B represents pH, C represents hydrolysis time and D represents enzyme concentration.
The equation shows that the most influential factor for angelwing clam meat hydrolysis to onbtain maximum ACE inhibitory activity were pH followed by temperature, hydrolysis time and enzyme concentration. This equation could be used to predict and control angelwing clam meat hydrolysis using Alcalase®.
Response surface plots and the effects of factors for ACE inhibitory activity response
Three-dimensional response surface graphs were presented to illustrate the interactive effects of the independent variables on ACE inhibitory activity and to determine the optimum level of each variable for maximum response. Figure 3 shows the response surface plot with interaction between temperature and pH. The result shows the response surface curve had a bell shaped graph with a maximum point in the moderate range of independent variables, for both pH and temperature. According to Aspmo et al. . The optimum pH range for Alcalase® to function was from pH 6 to pH 10. pH could affect both the substrate and enzyme by changing the distribution and confirmation of the molecules at very acidic or alkaline condition. However, at very high pH, the enzymes tend to undergo irreversible denaturation and loss of stability [40,41]. After optimum condition was reached, the ACE inhibitory activity dropped. According to Nelson , the protein structure of enzymes might denature and influence the proteolytic activity if the hydrolysis is kept at higher temperature.
A quadratic trend was also reported on the effect of temperature and pH on whey protein hydrolysate [28,42] where the ACE inhibitory activity decreased gradually as the temperature and pH increased until a minimum optimum point and later increased gradually. Moreover, for sour milk fermentation , the ACE inhibitory activity increased as temperature and pH increased until it reaches an optimum point and decrease gradually afterwards.
Figure 4 shows the response surface plot with interaction between pH and time. Based on figure 4, a bell shaped graph with an optimum level occurred at the highest hydrolysis time and moderate pH. Hydrolysis time gave linear effect to ACE inhibitory. Longer hydrolysis time was necessary to produce the ACE inhibitory peptides to increase the ACE inhibitory activity . After reaching the optimum level, the ACE inhibitory activity will decreased gradually with increasing in pH. Benjakul and Morrisey  states that enzyme tends to undergo irreversible denaturation and loss of stability at high pH.
Figure 5 shows the response surface plot with interaction between hydrolysis time and enzyme concentration. ACE inhibitory was maximum at extreme ends. The optimal level was at the highest hydrolysis time but lowest enzyme concentration. However, ACE inhibitory activity decreased until minimum point at moderate conditions for both parameters and then increased gradually. Matsui et al. , reported that the hydrolysis time markedly affect the ACE inhibitory activity. Longer hydrolysis time produced higher ACE inhibitory activity. Nevertheless, increasing of enzyme concentration does not give any increase for ACE inhibitory activity after the maximum ACE inhibitory activity has achieved . The graph shows that the lowest enzyme concentration possesses the highest ACE inhibitory activity.
Qu et al.  reported that different types of protein source have different dependability towards the hydrolysis time. Previous studies done on pacific hake fillet hydrolysate and marine microalgae [32,46,47] where the ACE inhibitory activity increased gradually as the hydrolysis time increased. The ACE inhibitory activity decreased gradually once the optimum level had reached. Dadzie et al.  has similar situation with this study where the ACE inhibitory activity decreased with the temperature and enzyme concentration until minimum point and then it increased gradually.
Optimization of ACE inhibitory activity
Design Expert software will suggest optimum condition once the independent variable and dependent response were specified. All independent were set “in range” while the response variable was set as “maximum”. The degree of importance differs between independent variables and dependent response variable with high number implies the high importance of the variable. The degrees of importance for independent variables were set to 3, while the response variable was 5. Following the setting, RSM had suggested several optimum conditions to hydrolysis anglewing clam protein producing maximum ACE inhibitory hydrolysate. Based on table 7, the selected suggested condition for this study was solution no 1. The suggested conditions were at temperature of 54.8°C, pH of 7.7, 33 minutes of and 1.0% enzyme concentration. The predicted ACE inhibitory activity was 85.2066% with the desirability of 1.000.
Verification of optimal conditions for ACE inhibitory activity
In order to validate the suggested mathematical model, four replicates of angelwing clam meat hydrolysis were conducted under the optimum conditions. The results of the replicates were 87.89%, 85.67%, 86.03% and 82.96% with the mean value of 85.64% ±2.03. Statistical analysis using one-sample t-test reveal that there was no significant different between the mean of experimental value and predicted value. The experimental value was close to 95% confident (p>0.05). This indicates that the suggested mathematical model can be used as to predict the preparation of ACE inhibitory activity from the hydrolysis of angelwing clam meat using Alcalase®.
Previous studies on validation on optimal conditions with experimental value of 72.8% from whey protein  54.9% from alga , 76.68% from probiotic in soy whey  and 85.27% from rice dreg . This shows that different source of protein would yield different percentage of ACE inhibitory activity. Moreover, different range of parameters used and enzymes applied influenced to the differences value in ACE inhibitory activity.
Half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) of angelwing clam meat hydrolysate prepared under optimal conditions
ACE inhibitory activity can also be expressed in IC50 value. IC50 is defined as the concentration of protein inhibitor required to inhibit 50% of the ACE activity [50-52]. The IC50 value obtained was 3.29 mg/ml ± 0.481. According to Qu et al. , stronger antihypertensive activity produced by the lower IC50. In this study, angelwing clam meat hydrolysate was higher compared to previous studies done on IC50 from different protein source, which means that the antihypertensive activity of angelwing clam meat in this study was not very strong. Previous studies reported on IC50 were those of oyster protein with 0.49 mg/ml  salmon by products with 0.14 mg/ml  hard clam with 0.027 mg/ml  and red snow crab shell with 0.471 mg/ml .
In addition, pure ACE inhibitory peptides with low molecular weight may also have lower IC50 value compared to crude hydrolysate used in this study . Cinq-Mars and Li-Chan  reported that the semi-pure peptides (fractionated) tend to obtain lower IC50 than unfractionized peptides. Hence, angelwing clam meat hydrolysate may obtain a better ACE inhibitory activity if fractionization is carried out.
Model equation for hydrolysis of angelwing clam meat to obtain maximum ACE inhibitory activity can be predicted by using quadratic model with significant linear terms of pH (A) and temperature (B), quadratic terms of time (A2), temperature (B2) and E/S (D2) as well as 2FI terms of pH-temperature (AB) and time-E/S (CD). The optimum condition to yield maximum ACE inhibitory activity from angelwing clam meat hydrolysate were at temperature of 54.8°C, pH of 7.7, hydrolysis time of 33 minutes and enzyme concentration of 1%. The experimental value obtained from the optimum condition (85.64%) was close to the predicted value (85.21%) and the IC50 of ACE inhibitory of angelwing clam meat hydrolysate was found to be at 3.63 mg/ml.
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