Journal of Food Science and Technology

, Volume 55, Issue 10, pp 4297–4303 | Cite as

Effect of exogenous spermine on chilling injury and antioxidant defense system of immature vegetable soybean during cold storage

  • Jiangfeng Song
  • Gang Wu
  • Chunquan Liu
  • Dajing LiEmail author
Original Article


The effect of exogenous spermine on chilling injury (CI) and antioxidant defense system of immature vegetable soybean (Glycine max L.) during cold storage were investigated. Freshly harvested immature soybeans were treated with 0.8 mmol/L spermine at room temperature for 20 min and then stored at 5 ± 1 °C or 1 ± 1 °C and 85–95% relative humidity for up to 60 days. Results showed that exogenous spermine alleviated the CI, delayed the gradual decreasing activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase, and maintained a favourable balance in reactive oxygen species levels at storage period. Although cold temperature (1 ± 1 °C) inhibited the synthesis of l-(malonylamino)-cyclopropane-l-carboxylic acid (MACC), raised ethylene production, and resulted in membrane damage, exogenous spermine obviously hindered the accumulation of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC). It was concluded that exogenous spermine alleviated CI of cold-stored immature soybeans through regulating the antioxidant system and ACC metabolism.


Exogenous spermine Immature vegetable soybean Cold storage Chilling injury Antioxidant system 



The research work was supported by Jiangsu Agricultural Science and Technology Innovation Fund [CX(16)1027].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jiangfeng Song
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gang Wu
    • 2
  • Chunquan Liu
    • 1
  • Dajing Li
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Farm Product ProcessingJiangsu Academy of Agricultural SciencesNanjingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Jiangsu Gian Food Co., Ltd.NantongPeople’s Republic of China

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