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Release of wheat gluten exorphins A5 and C5 during in vitro gastrointestinal digestion of bread and pasta and their absorption through an in vitro model of intestinal epithelium

Stuknytė, Milda, Maggioni, Margherita, Cattaneo, Stefano, De Luca, Paola, Fiorilli, Amelia, Ferraretto, Anita, De Noni, Ivano
Food research international 2015 v.72 pp. 208-214
absorption, breads, coculture, humans, in vitro digestion, intestinal mucosa, models, pasta, peptidases, synthetic peptides, wheat gluten
The release of wheat gluten exorphins (GEs) A5, A4, B5, B4, C5, Gd-7 and dGd-7 during in vitro gastrointestinal digestion (GID) of bread and pasta samples has been investigated by UPLC/ESI–HRMS. The GEs that survived in vitro GID were studied for transport studies across monolayers of 70% Caco-2/30% HT-29 co-culture grown on semi-permeable membranes, used as a model of the human intestinal epithelium. Among the GEs, only the peptides A5 and C5 were detected at the end of in vitro GID of bread and pasta samples. Levels of GEs A5 and C5 were in the range 0.747–2.192mgkg−1 and 3.201–6.689mgkg−1, respectively. The absorption behavior of A5 and C5 was studied in detail using synthetic peptides. The two peptides were susceptible to the action of Caco-2/HT-29 co-culture peptidases, and 3% and 1% of A5 and C5, respectively, added to the apical chamber were transported to the basolateral chamber after 120min of incubation, without being hydrolysed. Several hydrolytic fragments of both GEs crossed the co-culture layer and were found in the basolateral chamber. For the first time, these results demonstrate that GEs are released during in vitro GID of real wheat-derived foods and highlight the possibility of transport of the GEs A5 and C5 across the human intestinal mucosa.