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Amino acids and biogenic amines during spontaneous malolactic fermentation in Tempranillo red wines ˜ as a,, E. Garcı´a Romero a, S. Go´mez Alonso a, M. Ferna´ndez Gonza´lez a, P.M. Izquierdo Can M.L.L. Palop Herreros b a b
Instituto de la Vid y del Vino de Castilla-La Mancha (IVICAM), Crta. Toledo-Albacete s/n, 13700 Tomelloso, Ciudad Real, Spain ´gico de la Fabrica de Armas, Facultad de Ciencias del Medio Ambiente, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Avda. Carlos III s/n, 45071 Toledo, Spain Campus Tecnolo
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Article history: Received 5 February 2007 Received in revised form 2 July 2007 Accepted 7 November 2007
This paper examines the changes undergone by the nitrogenated fraction of wine during malolactic fermentation (MLF) produced by the indigenous microbiota in 16 industrial-scale viniﬁcations at technologically well-equipped wineries. Statistically signiﬁcant increases (between 5% and 35%) were found in 15 of the 24 amino acids analyzed; decreases (between 4% and 29%) were found only in four. The biogenic amines histamine, tyramine and putrescine increased by between 106% and 174%, but histamine ﬁnal concentrations in wine were not too high, under the limit of 10 mg/L established by Switzerland. There was a non-signiﬁcant increase of 2.0–2.3 mg/L in ethyl carbamate. & 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keywords: Wine Amino acids Biogenic amines Ethyl carbamate Malolactic fermentation MLF Lactic acid bacteria LAB Tempranillo red wine Winemaking Castilla-La Mancha region Sanitary quality in wine Food composition
1. Introduction Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are responsible for malolactic fermentation (MLF), a process that takes place in red wines and some white wines. This process entails biological deacidiﬁcation through the conversion of malic acid to lactic acid, but many other changes also occur which inﬂuence the sensory characteristics of the wines. When MLF occurs spontaneously without any control over the strains at work, undesirable compounds may be produced which detract from the quality and acceptability of the wines, to the extent that they may even be unﬁt for consumption (Moreno-Arribas et al., 2003). Hence, the interest in examining the factors that affect the sanitary quality of wines, particularly those produced by the metabolism of amino acids, such as biogenic amines (Souﬂeros et al., 1998) and ethyl carbamate
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(Uthurry et al., 2003). Some countries as Germany, Belgium and France have recommended upper limits for histamine in wine (Millies and Zimlich, 1988) and Switzerland has established a limit of 10 mg/L as a tolerable value (Les Autorite´s Fe´de´rales de la Confe´de´ration Suisse, 2002) in view of the risk it poses for human health. For instance, histamine can cause headaches, allergies, diarrhea, palpitations and vomiting (Stockley, 2004), while tyramine is strongly vasoconstrictive (Silla-Santos, 1996). In the case of wine, these effects may be enhanced by (a) the presence of other amines such as putrescine and cadaverine (Landete et al., 2005), both associated with poor sanitary quality of grapes (Leitao et al., 2005) and responsible for major sensory defects in wines (Lehtonen, 1996); and (b) the alcohol, which prevents the organism’s detoxifying mechanisms from working properly. A number of authors (Lonvaud-Funel, 1999; Souﬂeros et al., 1998) have reported that LABs can produce biogenic amines, for example, Oenococcus oeni produces a wide range of these compounds, although putrescine or cadaverine production is less common (Guerrini et al., 2002).
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In the wine industry, there is concern that LABs may be involved in the formation of ethyl carbamate (urethane) (Tegmo-Larsson et al., 1989; Liu et al., 1994). Ethyl carbamate is formed from ethanol and a compound that contains a carbamyl group, such as citrulline, carbamyl phosphate, or urea (Ough et al., 1988). Wine LABs are potential producers of one of the precursors of ethyl carbamate—citrulline—if arginine (an amino acid found in signiﬁcant quantities in grape juice and wine) is catabolized. This paper examines the changes occurring in the nitrogenated composition (assimilable nitrogen, ammonium, urea, amino acids and biogenic amines) and the production of ethyl carbamate during spontaneous MLF of Cencibel (also called Tempranillo) red wines produced industrially at wineries in the Castilla-La Mancha region.
2. Material and methods 2.1. Samples Analyses were performed on 32 samples of wine made with the Cencibel variety, from nine wineries in Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, equipped with the latest technology. Samples of two different vats were taken at seven wineries, and samples of only one were taken at the remaining two. Winemaking methods were the habitual ones used at each winery. Vats for sampling were chosen at random, the only condition being that MLF should occur spontaneously. Two samples were taken in each case, one at the end of alcoholic fermentation and the other upon completion of MLF, which was identiﬁed by determining L-malic and L-lactic acid contents. 2.2. Chemical analysis Readily assimilable nitrogen content was analyzed by the method of So¨rensen (Aerny, 1996). L-malic acid L-lactic acid, ammonium ion (NH+4) and urea were determined using enzymatic kits (Boheringer Mannhein, R-Biopharm AG, Darmstadt, Germany), and ethyl carbamate was determined following the ofﬁcial method (European Union 1990). 2.3. Amino acid and biogenic amine analysis Amino acid and biogenic amine contents were determined simultaneously using the method described by Go´mez-Alonso et al. (2007). A Varian ProStar HPLC (Varian Inc., Walnut Creek, CA, USA) was used, equipped with a ProStar 240 pump, a ProStar 410 autosampler and a ProStar 330 photodiode array detector. The compounds analyzed were identiﬁed on the basis of the aminoenone derivative retention times of the corresponding patterns (Sigma-Aldrich Chemie, Steinheim, Germany) and were quantiﬁed using the internal pattern method. 2.4. Statistical analysis The paired Student t-test was used to determine whether there were statistically signiﬁcant differences. For comparison of wines, statistical analysis (media and standard deviation) and a twotailed Pearson correlation test were carried out using SPSS 12.0 software.
3. Results and discussion The results are presented in various tables, where the concentrations of the different compounds are grouped for
examination of the differences caused by MLF. Variations of each compound were calculated as a percent of the initial concentration in wine before MLF. Paired Student t-tests and two-tailed Pearson correlations were run on the variations (ﬁnal value–initial value) in the concentration of each compound during MLF. Table 1 shows the results (mean, standard deviation, and maximum and minimum values) for readily assimilable nitrogen, ammonium, urea and ethyl carbamate, and for the 24 amino acids analyzed before and after MLF. Total amino acid concentration was also calculated as the sum of the concentrations of the individual compounds. During MLF, there was a slight but not statistically signiﬁcant increase in readily assimilable nitrogen and total amino acid concentrations. Ammonium ion and urea exhibited greater increases (46.4% and 16.2%, respectively), which in the former case was statistically signiﬁcant. Signiﬁcant increases were observed in 15 of the amino acids analyzed, ranging from 4.60% (cysteine) to 35.2% (lysine). In contrast, only in four of them (glutamine, arginine, histidine and methionine) were there signiﬁcant reductions, ranging from 4.36% to 29.1%. Pozo-Bayon et al. (2005) reported similar results and concluded that the presence of fermentation-lees from AF and the autolysis of yeasts (Buteau et al., 1984) in the process would explain this fact. Production of extracellular peptidases and proteases, which are secreted by some strains of O. oeni (Remize et al., 2005), could contribute to the increase. However, Souﬂeros et al. (1998) reported a decrease in total amino acid content during MLF in some wines. A search of the ﬁndings published in literature indicates that there is no consensus as regards the evolution of the different amino acids during MLF, with the exception of arginine, in which case all authors (Tonon and Lonvaud-Funel, 2000; Pozo-Bayon et al., 2005) report a considerable decrease. Along with glutamic acid, arginine is the most abundant assimilable amino acid in musts and wines (Arena et al., 1999). It is also very important in that it can be metabolized by lactic bacteria in a process leading to the formation of citrulline, a precursor of ethylcarbamate (urethane), ornithine and NH+4, as well as ATP (Mira ˜ a et al., 2001). As noted earlier, in this study we also de Ordun observed a decrease in arginine concentration, which correlated negatively with the variation of ornithine (r ¼ 0.60, a ¼ 0.01) and ammonium (r ¼ 0.55, a ¼ 0.03). However, the rise in ethyl carbamate concentration during MLF was not statistically signiﬁcant, and the ﬁnal average concentration (2.21 mg/L) was well below the permitted ceiling of 15 mg/L (Uthurry et al., 2003). Table 2 shows the means, standard deviation, minima and maxima and variation (percentage of initial value) for each of the nine biogenic amines determined, before and after MLF. The mean total biogenic amine content was 10.3 mg/L before MLF and 16.8 mg/L after, giving a statistically signiﬁcant increase in the region of 63%. These results could have been produced by the release of amino acids as a consequence of yeast lysis during AF (Kruger et al., 1992) and the proliferation of LABs with carboxylase activity during MLF (Lonvaud-Funel, 2001). These values are very similar to the ones reported by other authors (Landete et al., 2005). The largest increases, with statistically signiﬁcant differences, were found in tyramine (175%), histamine (114%) and putrescine (107%). There were non-signiﬁcant increases in the concentrations of all the other biogenic amines except for spermidine, which decreased signiﬁcantly by about 5%. This amine is a common component of grapes (Broquedis et al., 1989) and its concentration does not normally increase as a consequence of lactic bacteria growth (Landete et al., 2005).
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Table 1 Mean value, standard deviation, minimum and maximum values of the nitrogen, ammonium, urea, ethyl carbamate and amino acids in wines Wines after alcoholic fermentation (n ¼ 16)
Wines after malolactic fermentation (n ¼ 16)
Easily assimilable nitrogen Ammonium *** Urea Ethyl carbamate (mg/L)
103 7.30 4.68 2.03
11.9 5.88 3.59 1.10
80.0 1.50 0.35 0.85
123 21.5 15.0 4.23
113 10.7 5.44 2.21
18.3 6.49 3.66 1.23
84.8 3.67 1.66 0.93
161 27.7 12.1 4.70
8.92 46.4 16.2 8.65
Amino acids Aspartic acid*** Glutamic acid Asparagine Serine*** HO-Proline Glutamine*** Histidine* Glycine*** Threonine*** b-Alanine Arginine** a-Alanine*** GABA*** Proline*** Isoleucine*** Tryptophan* Ornithine Leucine*** Lysine*** Phenylalanine*** Tyrosine* Valine*** Methionine*** Cysteine*
10.8 51.1 19.7 8.62 4.27 25.0 21.1 20.3 11.2 2.92 59.0 48.8 42.5 1430 5.27 6.91 26.4 6.93 8.01 4.66 5.93 6.53 5.27 5.34
4.92 26.1 9.31 5.00 0.79 13.6 17.6 9.38 8.27 1.11 45.3 27.0 39.3 310 2.72 3.12 26.5 5.13 4.75 2.89 3.87 4.33 3.76 3.63
4.17 11.5 7.29 1.97 3.17 6.39 5.89 7.23 2.71 0.72 14.0 12.3 8.04 956 2.38 2.52 3.29 1.47 1.86 1.50 1.60 1.42 1.35 1.81
22.1 85.5 39.1 17.5 5.86 47.4 68.3 34.7 30.3 4.51 151 96.2 125 2000 11.2 11.9 96.8 16.8 17.0 10.4 12.4 14.4 12.2 12.1
12.3 50.8 20.0 9.71 4.30 17.7 18.3 22.0 13.1 2.98 50.7 52.9 46.0 1520 6.01 7.34 25.5 9.19 10.8 5.83 7.54 7.83 5.04 5.58
5.64 26.2 8.85 5.04 0.63 10.8 18.4 8.95 8.31 1.12 35.6 26.8 36.2 206 2.36 2.80 35.7 5.07 4.80 2.86 3.22 4.18 3.03 2.58
0.12 9.85 7.07 3.13 3.17 2.92 1.87 7.90 4.35 0.91 5.40 13.8 10.8 1130 3.21 3.47 1.04 3.43 2.90 2.21 2.36 2.33 1.49 1.95
22.1 86.8 38.6 17.2 5.41 37.1 64.9 36.5 31.0 5.04 125 95.7 116 1830 10.7 11.5 128 21.5 19.8 13.1 12.6 15.2 10.8 11.3
13.6 0.41 1.48 12.6 0.67 29.1 13.4 8.04 17.0 2.11 14.1 8.46 8.23 6.10 14.1 6.29 3.34 32.7 35.2 25.1 27.1 19.9 4.36 4.60
Total amino acids
Results expressed in mg/L.Different asterisks (*, **, ***) denote statistically signiﬁcant differences for a ¼ 0.05, 0.01 and 0.001, respectively.
Table 2 Mean value, standard deviation, minimum and maximum values of the biogenic amines
Putrescine (mg/L) Histamine*** (mg/L) Tyramine* (mg/L) Cadaverine (mg/L) Spermidine** (mg/L) Agmatine (mg/L) Tryptamine (mg/L) Phenylethylamine (mg/L) Isoamylamine (mg/L) Total biogenic amines*** (mg/L)
Wines after alcoholic fermentation (n ¼ 16)
Wines after malolactic fermentation (n ¼ 16)
4.12 1.39 0.36 0.61 2.84 0.49 51.7 28.2 9.64 10.3
0.90 1.16 0.26 0.17 0.92 0.30 17.8 15.9 3.71 2.48
2.45 0.08 0.00 0.34 1.86 0.00 26.3 3.07 4.65 6.61
5.79 3.86 0.73 0.94 4.64 1.29 76.2 57.2 17.2 13.9
8.52 2.97 1.00 0.66 2.71 0.55 57.5 33.6 11.6 16.8
5.46 3.94 0.70 0.16 0.79 0.41 17.1 14.2 4.59 8.23
3.75 0.51 0.26 0.33 1.85 0.00 22.5 7.97 3.67 9.64
23.5 15.7 2.63 0.90 4.24 1.15 82.0 59.2 22.4 38.5
107 114 175 8.24 4.82 11.1 11.3 19.4 20.3 63.4
Different asterisks (*, **, ***) denote statistically signiﬁcant differences for a ¼ 0.05, 0.01 and 0.001, respectively.
Putrescine was the most abundant amine, with mean concentrations of 4.12 mg/L before MFL and 8.52 mg/L after. These results are similar to the ﬁndings of Va´zquez-Lasa et al. (1998) in Cencibel red wines from other Spanish regions. Putrescine is also a common component of grapes (Broquedis et al., 1989) whose presence is associated with potassium-poor soils (Vaz de Arruda Silveira et al., 2001), although concentrations frequently increase in the process of winemaking (Mangani et al., 2005). Putrescine can be produced by both decarboxylation of ornithine or metabolism of arginine, through being the agmantine intermediary (Guerrini et al., 2002), and it confers an unpleasant smell (of rotten fruit, with rancid, unclean overtones) on wine when present in high concentrations. The Pearson correlation test revealed a negative correlation (r ¼ 0.67, a ¼ 0.005) between
ornithine and putrescine and a positive correlation between agmantine and putrescine (r ¼ 0.55, a ¼ 0.02), highlighting the activity of the metabolic routes mentioned earlier. Histamine was the second most abundant amine in the wines analyzed in this study, with a mean concentration of 2.97 mg/L after MLF. Note that this was a particularly low mean value, well below those reported by Gerbaux and Nonamy (2000) for wines from other regions. Only one of the samples registered a concentration of 15.7 mg/L; this is close to 20 mg/L, above which it has been reported that certain undesirable physiological effects may occur (Bauza et al., 1995) and higher than maximum concentration admitted by Switzerland (Les Autorite´s Fe´de´rales de la Confe´de´ration Suisse, 2002). However, when the distribution of histamine content was studied, it could be observed that 50% of
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wines were under 1.30 mg/L and 90% under 6.17 mg/L. Histamine is one of the amines whose concentration normally increases during MLF due to decarboxylation of histidine, the concentration of which is thereby reduced. The Pearson correlation test showed a negative correlation between the variations in these compounds before and after MLF (r ¼ 0.62, a ¼ 0.05), which would appear to conﬁrm the decarboxylase activity. Tyramine presented the largest increase in content during MLF, although concentrations both before and after were smaller than those of the previous two. In this case, the increase in concentration of the biogenic amine was not matched by a decrease in the amino acid from which it was derived; on the contrary, tyrosine concentration rose by 27.1% during MLF. Tyrosine is released into the medium through yeast lysis, as observed in Table 1, producing a precursor substrate favoring enhanced tyramine production. Tryptamine, phenylethylamine and isoamylamine showed very low contents both, before and after MLF. Medium content for tryptamine, phenylethylamine and isoamylamine after MLF were 57.5, 33.6 and 11.6 mg/L, respectively. These values are similar (Souﬂeros et al., 1998) or lower than that found on consulted bibliography (Hajo´s et al., 2000; Landete et al., 2005; Marcobal et al., 2006). There were other Pearson correlations which were also interesting, although they presented lower r and signiﬁcance values. Lysine in the medium increased during MLF due to yeast autolysis, and this correlated with an increase in its derived amine, cadaverine (r ¼ 0.52, a ¼ 0.04). Serine also increased after MLF, and again correlated with the increase of ammonium ion (r ¼ 0.53, a ¼ 0.03); that is because some strains of O. oeni catabolize this amino acid to form ammonium and pyruvate by means of the enzyme serine dehydratase (deaminase) (Granchi et al., 1998). The increase in total amino acid content was found to correlate positively with the variation in biogenic amine concentrations, in particular agmantine (r ¼ 0.60, a ¼ 0.01), isoamylamine (r ¼ 0.73, a ¼ 0.001), phenylethylamine (r ¼ 0.59, a ¼ 0.02), tryptamine (r ¼ 0.55, a ¼ 0.03) and putrescine (r ¼ 0.60, a ¼ 0.02). These ﬁndings corroborate the work of Souﬂeros et al. (1998), who concluded that the increase of amino acids in the medium affects the overall concentration of biogenic amines. Finally, we additionally found a strong correlation of the variations in the amino acid pairs leucine/phenylalanine (r ¼ 0.94, a ¼ 0.001), valine/phenylalanine (r ¼ 0.91, a ¼ 0.001) and leucinevaline (r ¼ 0.84, a ¼ 0.001).
4. Conclusions The reductions in wine amino acid concentrations during MLF that have been observed in laboratory experiments were not observed on an industrial scale. We have found that as MLF on fermentation-lees occurs practically simultaneously to the ﬁnal phases of AF, the concentration of amino acids is raised by yeast autolysis or by production of proteases by some strains of O. oeni. Although the advantages for the production of quality wines are beyond question, MLF entails a number of risks which it has not been possible to obviate so far. In this research, we have shown that the biogenic amines histamine, tyramine and putrescine augment to a statistically signiﬁcant extent when this process of biological deacidiﬁcation occurs spontaneously. However, the results show that in industrial-scale viniﬁcation at wineries with adequate sanitary conditions, ﬁnal concentrations are not such as to raise consumer health concerns (especially when these concentrations are compared with those found in other food products). Ethyl carbamate concentrations in the wines
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