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Enzyme metabolic and contractile activities in 30 pig muscles and their relationship with ultimate postmortem ph



Enzyme metabolic and contractile activities in 30 pig muscles and their relationship with ultimate postmortem ph



Reproduction Nutrition Developpement 25(4): 619-628



This paper presents a study of the metabolic and contractile types of 34 samples from 30 muscles in five crossbred Pietrain-Large White pigs 6 to 7 months old. The activity of the following enzymes was measured: glyceraldehyde-3-phopshate dehydrogenase (GAPDH), lactate dehydrogenase using high (LDH-h) or low (LDH-b) pyruvate concentrations in the reaction medium, citrate synthase (CS), and myofibrillar Ca-Mg activated ATPase. Haeminic iron and ultimate pH (pHu) were measured on the same samples. The results showed a negative, rather linear relationship between GAPDH, LDH and ATPase activities on the one hand and CS and haeminic iron on the other. Rather high correlations (r = 0.7 to 0.8) were observed between metabolic and contractile criteria and pHu; the red (slow) muscles had the highest pHu.

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