The objective of this study was to determine the effects of the myofibrillar protein (MP) characteristics from tilapia, hairtails, and squid on gel properties, microstructure, and emulsification stability of surimi gels with increasing concentrations of fish oil (FO). The surface hydrophobicity (38 μg) of the squid MP was significantly lower than that of the tilapia and hairtail (P < 0.05), and its content (21 g/100 g) and emulsification characteristics were significantly higher than those of the tilapia and hairtail (P < 0.05). Combined with the firmer structure of the squid surimi in the microstructure more intuitively indicated FO occupied the void spaces of the squid protein matrix, revealed the interaction between FO and MPs. Moreover, infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and texture analysis demonstrated that tilapia MPs had the highest β-sheet (18%) and β-turn (39%) contents and the lowest α-helix (23%) content compared with the hairtail and squid. Contributed to...

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