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Caractéristiques musculaires des bovins sélectionnés pour la croissance musculaire

Abstract : Genetic selection in favor of muscle growth at the expense of fat should affect characteristics of muscles, and therefore beef quality. This study was conducted with two extreme groups of six animals selected among 64 Charolais young bulls ranked according to their genetic potential for muscle growth. The following muscle characteristics were assessed in Rectus abdominis (RA, slow oxidative) and Semitendinosus (ST, fast glycolytic) muscles: Intramuscular fat content, contractile and metabolic properties of muscle fibres, expression of fatty acid binding proteins (FABP) in muscles (H-FABP) or in intramuscular adipocytes (A-FABP). Intramuscular fat content and proportions of myosin heavy chains MyHC I (slow) and MyHC IIA (fast oxido-glycolytic) and certain indicators of oxidative metabolism (activities of isocitrate dehydrogenase and cytochrome-c oxidase (COX); expression of H-fatty acid binding protein (FABP)) were higher in RA than in ST muscle. Genetic selection for muscle growth reduced intramuscular fat content and the activities of some oxidative metabolism indicators (namely CS, COX only). The positive correlation between muscle triacylglycerol content and A-FABP messenger RNA level (a marker of adipocyte differentiation) (r = 0.53, P < 0.05) suggests that A-FABP may be a good marker of the ability of bovines to deposit intramuscular fat.
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Jean-François Hocquette, Isabelle Cassar-Malek, Catherine Jurie, Dominique Bauchart, Brigitte Picard, et al.. Caractéristiques musculaires des bovins sélectionnés pour la croissance musculaire. La revue française de la recherche en viandes et produits carnés, AB CORP INTERNATIONAL, 2015, 31, pp.1-8. ⟨hal-02632928⟩



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