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Effect of rate of weight gain of steers during the stocker phase. III. Gene expression of adipose tissues and skeletal muscle in growing-finishing beef cattle



Effect of rate of weight gain of steers during the stocker phase. III. Gene expression of adipose tissues and skeletal muscle in growing-finishing beef cattle



Journal of Animal Science 92(4): 1462-1472



The objective of this study was to determine the impact of stocker production systems differing in growth rate on differential adipogenic and lipogenic gene expression of intramuscular (IM), subcutaneous (SC), and perirenal (PR) adipose tissues. Angus steers were assigned to 4 stocker cattle production systems in 2 consecutive years: 1) cottonseed meal-based supplement while grazing dormant native range (CON), 2) ground corn/soybean meal-based supplement while grazing dormant native range (CORN), 3) grazing wheat pasture at a high stocking rate for a low rate of BW gain (LGWP), and 4) grazing wheat pasture at a low stocking rate for a high rate of BW gain (HGWP). Steers were harvested during the stocker phase at similar age (different carcass weight) in Exp. 1 (3 steers/treatment) or at similar carcass weight in Exp. 2 (4 steers/treatment). Adipose tissues were analyzed for mRNA expression of adipogenic (peroxisome proliferator activated receptor γ [PPARγ], sterol regulatory element binding factor 1 [SREBF1], CAATT/enhancer binding protein β, and delta-like homolog 1) and lipogenic (glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase [GPDH], fatty acid synthase [FASN], and diacylglycerol acyltransferase 2 [DGAT2]) genes. Multivariate analysis was used to evaluate the expression of adipogenic or lipogenic genes collectively. There was not a treatment × adipose tissue interaction (F-test, P > 0.15) when steers were harvested at similar age, but a treatment × adipose tissue interaction (F-test, P < 0.05) was evident when steers were harvested at similar carcass weight. At similar carcass weight, treatment had no effect (P > 0.10) on the canonical variate of adipogenic or lipogenic mRNA expression in IM adipose tissue, but faster rates of gain of LGWP and HGWP steers increased (P < 0.10) the canonical variate of adipogenic and lipogenic mRNA expression in SC and PR adipose tissue compared with CON and CORN steers. Strong positive correlations (P < 0.05) of PPARγ, SREBF1, GPDH, FASN, and DGAT2 mRNA expression with the canonical variate indicate that these genes strongly influenced differences between treatments and adipose tissues. These results suggest that contrary to our hypothesis rate of gain has little influence on differentiation and lipid synthesis of IM adipose tissue at similar carcass weight but faster rates of gain increase differentiation and lipid synthesis of SC and PR adipose tissue even at similar carcass weight.

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DOI: 10.2527/jas.2013-6976


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