Assessment of DNA quality in processed tuna muscle tissues


  • Zora Piskatá Veterinary Research Institute, Department of Food and Feed Safety, Hudcova 296/70, 621 00 Brno
  • Eliška Pospí­šilová Veterinary Research Institute, Department of Food and Feed Safety, Hudcova 296/70, 621 00 Brno



canned product, fish food, DNA extraction, PCR, Thunnus albacares


Authentication of tuna fish products is necessary to assure consumers of accurate labelling of food products. The quality of species specific DNA crucially affects the efficiency of amplification during the subsequent PCR. The problem in DNA detection in canned products lies in the possibility of the fragmentation of DNA during the processing technologies and the use of ingredients (oil, salt, spice), that may inhibit the PCR reaction. In this study three DNA extraction methods were compared: DNeasy Blood and Tissue Kit, DNeasy mericon Food Kit and Chemagic DNA tissue 10 Kit. The quantity and quality of DNA were evaluated by measuring DNA concentration and ratios A260/A280. Several parameters were estimated: the effect of whole and mechanically treated muscle, sterilization procedure used in canned process (high temperature in combination with high pressure) and addition of raw materials. The highest DNA concentrations were observed in non-processed muscle that is not influenced by the sterilization process. Canned whole muscle demonstrated lower DNA yield, and furthermore, the mechanical treatment (canned ground) resulted in lower values of DNA concentration that was registered by using all three types of DNA extraction kits. DNeasy mericon Food Kit produced DNA of higher concentration in non-processed sample, Chemagic DNA tissue 10 Kit delivered higher DNA yields than kits DNeasy Blood and Tissue Kit and DNeasy mericon Food Kit in canned samples, although the purity was lower, but still within the range 1.7 - 2.0. DNA was considered to be satisfactorily pure in all three types of samples and using all three types of DNA isolation. In case of the samples enriched of ingredients and treated with sterilization process as whole or ground muscle Chemagic DNA tissue 10 Kit produced in all samples (whole and ground muscle) the highest values of DNA concentration, but almost all values of A260/A280 were lower than 1.7. Therefore DNeasy mericon Food Kit appears to be a favorite one, in all samples with whole muscle gives higher values of DNA concentrations than DNeasy Blood and Tissue Kit. Addition of ingredients influenced the DNA yield in terms of decreasing in samples containing vinegar and lemon, but some of the ingredients resulted surprisingly in higher yield of DNA. This was not consistent in whole and ground muscle, and the differences were described also among particular kits. The impact of ingredients was not conclusively approved and their importance to the suitability of extracted DNA for PCR amplification is needed to be discussed in further analysis.


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How to Cite

Piskatá, Z. ., & Pospí­šilová, E. . (2016). Assessment of DNA quality in processed tuna muscle tissues. Potravinarstvo Slovak Journal of Food Sciences, 10(1), 308–315.