Food Analytical Methods

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 258–270 | Cite as

Central Composite Design-Desirability Function Approach for Optimum Ultrasound-Assisted Extraction of Daidzein and Genistein from Soybean and Their Antimycotoxigenic Potential

  • Bibiana da SilvaEmail author
  • Larine Kupski
  • Eliana Badiale-Furlong


Soybean isoflavones have been underestimated about their possible antifungal or antimycotoxigenic potential. In the present investigation, chemometric approaches were used such as the fractioned experimental design, the central composite rotatable design, and the Derringer’s desirability function to optimize a method to extract the isoflavones daidzein and genistein by ultrasound-assisted extraction. The optimized method was validated and applied to ten soybeans. The possible antimycotoxigenic abilities of isoflavones were evaluated by the inhibition of hydrolytic and oxidative enzymes. The multivariate procedures were efficient to determine the optimal extraction conditions, using daidzein and genistein concentration as responses. The best conditions were extraction time, 30 min; frequency, 55 kHz (36 kJ mL−1); hydrolysis time, 20 min; and hydrolysis temperature, 168 °C. The method was validated according to Eurachem guidelines and considered reproducible. The daidzein concentration was higher than genistein in soybeans. Low concentrations of aglycones were capable to inhibit fungal α-amylase (0.1 μg mL−1), highlighting genistein. Daidzein and genistein were able to inhibit oxidative processes in two strands, inhibition of oxidative enzyme and free radical propagation. These properties indicate that these isoflavones are able to contribute to avoid stress situations that could promote fungal contamination and manifestation of their mycotoxigenic potential.


Derringer’s desirability function Fractioned experimental design Isoflavones Fungal α-amylase Peroxidase Principal components analysis 



This work was supported by Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES, Brazil) and Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq, Brazil). The authors would like to thank Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa, Brazil) for providing conventional soybean sample.

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Bibiana da Silva declares that she has no conflict of interest. Larine Kupski declares that she has no conflict of interest. Eliana Badiale-Furlong declares that she has no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratório de Micotoxinas e Ciência de Alimentos, Escola de Química e Alimentos (EQA), Programa de Pós-Graduação em Engenharia e Ciência de AlimentosUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande (FURG)Rio GrandeBrazil

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