Quantitative expression of mixed taste of amino acids using multichannel taste sensor

Kiyoshi Toko, Tomomi Nagamori

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Amino acids with different functional group show different taste such as bitterness, sweetness and umami. Some of them elicit complicated mixed taste; e. g., L-methionine tastes bitter and sweet simultaneously. A multichannel taste sensor using lipid membranes was applied to amino acids. It was shown that bitter amino acids such as L-tryptophan have response electric patterns similar to a typical bitter substance, quinine, that belongs to alkaloids. The response pattern for L-methionine was found to be similar to that for a mixed solution composed of a sweet amino acid (L-alanine) and bitter amino acid (L-tryptophan). These results agreed quantitatively with human sensory evaluations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)528-531
Number of pages4
JournalIEEJ Transactions on Sensors and Micromachines
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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