Stearoyl coenzyme A desaturase enzyme activity and mRNA levels are not different in subcutaneous adipose tissue from Angus and American Wagyu steers. Academic Article uri icon


  • We proposed that greater stearoyl coenzyme A (CoA) desaturase enzyme activity caused the elevated monounsaturated fatty acids observed in American Wagyu adipose tissue. Stearoyl CoA desaturase mRNA concentrations and enzyme activities were measured in subcutaneous adipose samples from Angus (n = 5) and American Wagyu (n = 5), fed to the Japanese market end point. A rat liver stearoyl CoA desaturase cDNA clone was used to measure the relative amounts of stearoyl CoA desaturase mRNA. Enzyme activities and mRNA concentrations, as measured by laser densitometry of slot-blot autoradiograms, were not significantly different between the two breeds at this stage of growth. This investigation has demonstrated that, at this stage of maturity, differences in fatty acid composition between Angus and American Wagyu steers cannot be attributed to differences in stearoyl CoA desaturase enzyme activity.

published proceedings

  • J Anim Sci

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Cameron, P. J., Rogers, M., Oman, J., May, S. G., Lunt, D. K., & Smith, S. B.

citation count

  • 31

complete list of authors

  • Cameron, PJ||Rogers, M||Oman, J||May, SG||Lunt, DK||Smith, SB

publication date

  • October 1994