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Sex and breed differences in the fatty acid composition of muscle phospholipids in crossbred cattle

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Deland, MPB and Malau-Aduli, AEO and Siebert, BD and Bottema, CDK and Pitchford, WS (1998) Sex and breed differences in the fatty acid composition of muscle phospholipids in crossbred cattle. In: 6th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, 11 January 1998, Armidale.

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Abstract

Phospholipid data from the Longissimus dorsi (eye muscle) of 117 weaners across 7 cattle genotypes were analysed. The aim was to investigate sex and breed differences in fatty acid composition of muscle phospholipids in an entirely grass-fed management situation. Results showed that sex was a significant source of variation in the levels of 18: ln-9, total monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and calculated Δ9-desaturase enzyme activity index. Heifers had higher percentages in all cases than steers. All the other individual fatty acids and the summations of their proportions did not differ between the sexes. Significant breed differences were apparent in 18: ln-9, 18:3n-3, MUFA and Δ9-desaturase enzyme index. Wagyu and Belgian Blue crosses had the highest proportion of 18: ln-9 and Hereford the lowest. Jersey crosses and Hereford breeds had the highest 18:3n-3 levels and Belgian Blue the lowest. Δ9-desaturase enzyme index was highest in the Wagyu crosses. There were no other breed differences detected in all the other individual fatty acids and their summations. This study suggests that in weaners, the fatty acid composition of muscle lipids differs between breeds and sexes. The magnitude of the differences is, nevertheless, more reflected in the adipose tissue than in the muscle phospholipids. Also, Wagyu and Belgian Blue genotypes produced muscles with the most monounsaturated fatty acids.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Fatty acids, muscle, phospholipids, crossbred cattle, breed, sex.
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings 6th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, The University of New England, Armidale, Australia.
Page Range: pp. 185-188
ISSN: 186389 4543
Additional Information: In Proceedings 6th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, The University of New England, Armidale, Australia, vol. 25, 185-188.
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2008 01:08
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:27
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/2982
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