AbstractsBiology & Animal Science

Regulation of skeletal muscle growth and gene expression by insulin-like growth factors and myostatin

by Daniel Clark

Institution: University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign
Department: 0002
Degree: PhD
Year: 2015
Keywords: Insulin-like growth factor
Record ID: 2062921
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/72764


Insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2) is a maternally imprinted growth factor that is thought to primarily promote prenatal skeletal muscle growth. A SNP within intron 3 of IGF2 identified as IGF2-intron3-G3072A has a considerable impact on lean yield as a result of increased postnatal IGF2 expression. Our first objective was to characterize carcass cutting yields of pigs with paternal A alleles (APat) and paternal G alleles (GPat) and determine how the mutation affects fresh meat quality and bacon processing. A single heterozygote (AG) boar was bred to homozygous (AA) commercial Yorkshire-cross sows producing F1 barrows and gilts with either GPat or APat alleles. Loin eye area was 10% greater (P = 0.01) and back fat was reduced (P = 0.01) 15% in APat pigs compared with GPat pigs. Consequently, boneless carcass cutting yield was increased (P < 0.01) 2.34 percentage units in APat pigs compared with GPat pigs. Mutations that improve carcass lean yield are often associated with reduced meat quality; however, fresh LM quality was minimally affected by the genotype, as 24-hour pH, drip loss and shear force was not different (P ??? 0.27) between APat pigs and GPat pigs. Despite the reduced subcutaneous fat accumulation, LM intramuscular extractable lipid was 0.64 percentage units greater (P = 0.02) in APat pigs compared with GPat pigs. While not statistically different (P = 0.30), the magnitude of difference in slicing yield as a percentage of green weight was 1.57 percentage units between bellies from APat pigs (85.83%) and bellies from GPat pigs (87.40%). Therefore, while APat pigs yielded a greater amount of lean product, this may have been at the expense of reduced bacon slicing yields. Our next objectives were to determine the contributions of hyperplasia and hypertrophy to increased muscle mass and delineate the effect of the IGF2 mutation on the expression of myogenic genes during prenatal and postnatal growth. While postnatal IGF2 expression is known to be greater in APat pigs compared with GPat pigs there is little data that characterize how the mutation alters prenatal myogenesis. In addition to the expected postnatal increase (P ??? 0.02) in IGF2 expression, IGF2 expression was also increased (P ??? 0.06) 1.4-1.5 fold at d90 of gestation and at birth in APat pigs compared with GPat pigs. Additionally, skeletal muscle fiber number within the semitendinosus (ST) tended to be greater (P = 0.10) in APat pigs compared with GPat pigs, possibly as a result of the elevated prenatal IGF2 expression. Together, these data suggest that APat pigs are later maturing than GPat pigs and therefore, may be marketed at heavier weights but with similar subcutaneous fat depth. Furthermore, the elevated IGF2 expression did not affect (P ??? 0.12) expression of other growth factors such as IGF1 and myostatin. The final objective was to determine how IGF1 and IGF2 cooperate with myostatin to regulate skeletal muscle growth. Therefore, we quantified IGF family member expression in myostatin null (MN) and wild type mice. …