Lipid characteristics of subcutaneous adipose tissue and M. longissimus thoracis of Angus and Wagyu steers fed to US and Japanese endpoints. Academic Article uri icon


  • We hypothesized that the concentrations of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and cholesterol of adipose tissue and M. longissimus thoracis would not differ between Angus and American Wagyu steers when fed to a typical US live weight, but would diverge when fed to a Japanese live weight. To test this, 8 steers of each breed type were assigned to a high-energy, corn-based diet, and another 8 steers of each breed type were fed coastal bermuda grass hay diet, supplemented with the corn-based diet to achieve a daily gain of 0.9kg/d. Targeted final body weights were 525kg for steers fed for 8 or 12mo the corn- or hay-based diets, respectively, and were 650kg for steers fed for 16 or 20mo the corn- or hay-based diets. Digesta concentrations of stearic (18:0) and trans-vaccenic acid decreased, whereas linoleic acid (18:2n-6) increased between the US and Japanese endpoints (all P0.03). -Linolenic acid (18:3n-3) increased in digesta only in the hay-fed steers during this time. Plasma concentrations of palmitic (16:0) and palmitoleic acid (16:1n-7), and the 16:1:18:0 ratio, were higher in Angus steers than in Wagyu steers. Also, the plasma 16:1:18:0 ratio was decreased by hay feeding in Angus steers, but increased in Wagyu steers, when fed to the Japanese endpoint. Concentrations of oleic (18:1n-9), linoleic, -linolenic, and 18:2trans-10,cis-12 conjugated linoleic acid all were higher in Wagyu than in Angus subcutaneous (s.c.) adipose tissue, whereas myristic (14:0) and palmitic acid were higher in Angus s.c. adipose tissue (P0.05). All MUFA increased, and saturated fatty acids decreased, between the US and Japanese endpoints. Slip points of lipids in s.c. adipose tissue were over 10C lower (P=0.01) in Japanese-endpoint steers than in US endpoint steers, consistent with the overall increase in MUFA with time on feed. The concentration of cholesterol in the M. longissimus thoracis increased with time, which may have been related to the increase in oleic acid. Because the breedendpoint interaction was not significant for cholesterol or any of the adipose tissue fatty acids, we conclude that our original hypothesis was incorrect. Of the three factors tested (breed type, diet, and slaughter age endpoint), endpoint had the greatest effect on adipose tissue lipid composition.

published proceedings

  • Meat Sci

author list (cited authors)

  • Chung, K. Y., Lunt, D. K., Choi, C. B., Chae, S. H., Rhoades, R. D., Adams, T. H., Booren, B., & Smith, S. B.

citation count

  • 81

complete list of authors

  • Chung, KY||Lunt, DK||Choi, CB||Chae, SH||Rhoades, RD||Adams, TH||Booren, B||Smith, SB

publication date

  • January 2006