Journal of Food Science and Technology

, Volume 52, Issue 9, pp 5961–5967 | Cite as

Powder lemon juice containing oligosaccharides obtained by dextransucrase acceptor reaction synthesis and dehydrated in sprouted bed

  • Raquel Macedo Dantas Coelho
  • Antônia Daiana Andrade Araújo
  • Cláudia Patrícia Mourão Lima Fontes
  • Ana Raquel Araujo da Silva
  • José Maria Correia da Costa
  • Sueli Rodrigues
Original Article


Oligosaccharides can be synthesized using the sugars present in the fruit juices through the dextransucrase acceptor reaction. In the present work, the effect of reducing sugar and sucrose concentration on oligosaccharide formation in lemon juice was evaluated through response surface methodology. The oligosaccharide formation in lemon juice was favored at high concentrations of sucrose (75 g/L) and reducing sugar (75 g/L). At this synthesis conditions, an oligosaccharide concentration of 94.81 g/L was obtained with a conversion of 63.21% of the initial sugars into the target product. Oligosaccharides with degree of polymerization up to 11 were obtained. The lemon juice was dehydrated in spouted bed using maltodextrin as drying adjuvant. The powder obtained at 60°C with 20 % maltodextrin presented low moisture (2.24 %), low water activity (Aw = 0.18) and the lowest reconstitution time (~46 s). The results showed that lemon juice is suitable for oligosaccharides enzyme synthesis and can be dehydrated in spouted bed.


Oligosaccharides Dextransucrase Leuconostoc mesenteroides Lemon juice 



Authors thank to CNPq thought the National Institute of Science and Technology of Tropical Fruits, FUNCAP, CAPES and BNB for the financial support and scholarships.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raquel Macedo Dantas Coelho
    • 1
  • Antônia Daiana Andrade Araújo
    • 1
  • Cláudia Patrícia Mourão Lima Fontes
    • 1
  • Ana Raquel Araujo da Silva
    • 1
  • José Maria Correia da Costa
    • 1
  • Sueli Rodrigues
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Tecnologia de AlimentosUniversidade Federal do Ceará, Centro de Ciências AgráriasCearaBrazil

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