Formation and properties of corn zein films and coatings

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ZEIN comprises a group of alcohol-soluble proteins (prolamins) found in cornendosperm. It accounts for 50% or more of total endosperm protein, and its only known role is the storage of nitrogen for the germinating embryo (Larkins and Hurkman, 1978). Zein occurs in small, compact protein bodies embedded in the glutelin protein matrix and distributed chiefly in the outer layers of the corn endosperm (Wolf et al., 1967; Dombrink-Kurtzman and Bietz, 1993). It can be extracted with aqueous alcohol and dried to a granular powder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProtein-Based Films and Coatings
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781420031980
ISBN (Print)9781587161070
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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