Analysis and properties of arabinoxylans from discrete corn wet-milling fiber fractions

Landis W. Doner, David B. Johnston, Vijay Singh

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Three fibrous corn wet-milling fractions, coarse fiber, fine fiber, and spent flake, were isolated. More highly valued uses are sought for these milling products, which are generally directed into the corn gluten feed product stream. Coarse fiber was further dissected into pericarp and aleurone layers. An alkaline hydrogen peroxide process was used to efficiently extract corn fiber gum (CFG) from each of the materials. CFG is a hemicellulose B arabinoxylan which also contains low levels of D,L-galactose and D-glucuronic acid. CFG yield information was obtained from each source, as well as structural information in terms of degrees of branching of the β-n-xylopyranose backbone with α-L-arabinofuranosyl moieties. There were significant differences in degree of branching among the CFGs from the various fractions. A novel capillary electrophoresis procedure was developed to measure these differences. Solution viscosity differences among the CFGs were also observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1266-1269
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001


  • Arabinoxylan
  • Capillary electrophoresis
  • Coarse fiber
  • Corn fiber
  • Corn wet-milling
  • Fine fiber
  • Hemicellulose
  • Sugar analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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