Regional Differences of Proteins Expressing in Adipose Depots Isolated from Cows, Steers and Bulls as Identified by a Proteomic Approach

  • Cho, Jin Hyoung (Department of Dental Pharmacology, School of Dentistry and Institute of Dental Bioscience, BK21 plus, Chonbuk National University) ;
  • Jeong, Jin Young (Animal Products Utilization Division, National Institute of Animal science) ;
  • Lee, Ra Ham (Department of Dental Pharmacology, School of Dentistry and Institute of Dental Bioscience, BK21 plus, Chonbuk National University) ;
  • Park, Mi Na (Animal Products Utilization Division, National Institute of Animal science) ;
  • Kim, Seok-Ho (Aging Research Institute, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience & BioTechnology) ;
  • Park, Seon-Min (Pohang Center for Evaluation of Biomaterials, Pohang Technopark) ;
  • Shin, Jae-Cheon (Pohang Center for Evaluation of Biomaterials, Pohang Technopark) ;
  • Jeon, Young-Joo (Department of Dental Pharmacology, School of Dentistry and Institute of Dental Bioscience, BK21 plus, Chonbuk National University) ;
  • Shim, Jung-Hyun (Department of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy and Natural Medicine Research Institute, Mokpo National University) ;
  • Choi, Nag-Jin (Department of Animal Science, College of Agricultural and Life Science, Chonbuk National University) ;
  • Seo, Kang Seok (Department of Animal Science and Technology, Sunchon National University) ;
  • Cho, Young Sik (Department of Pharmacy, Keimyung University) ;
  • Kim, MinSeok S. (Department of Biomedical Engineering, Konyang University) ;
  • Ko, Sungho (Department of Applied Bioscience, CHA University) ;
  • Seo, Jae-Min (Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry and Institute of Oral Bio-Science and Research Institute of Clinical Medicine, Chonbuk National University) ;
  • Lee, Seung-Youp (Cluster for Craniofacial Development and Regeneration Research, Institute of Oral Biosciences and School of Dentistry, Chonbuk National University) ;
  • Chae, Jung-Il (Department of Dental Pharmacology, School of Dentistry and Institute of Dental Bioscience, BK21 plus, Chonbuk National University) ;
  • Lee, Hyun-Jeong (Animal Nutritional Physiology Team, National Institute of Animal Science)
  • Received : 2016.01.19
  • Accepted : 2016.04.18
  • Published : 2016.08.01


Adipose tissue in the loin muscle area of beef cattle as a marbling factor is directly associated with beef quality. To elucidate whether properties of proteins involved in depot specific adipose tissue were sex-dependent, we analyzed protein expression of intramuscular adipose tissue (IMAT) and omental adipose tissue (OMAT) from Hanwoo cows, steers, and bulls of Korean native beef cattle by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)-based proteomic analysis, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and western blot analysis. Two different adipose depots (i.e. intramuscular and omental) were collected from cows (n = 7), steers (n = 7), or bulls (n = 7). LC-MS/MS revealed a total of 55 and 35 proteins in IMAT and OMAT, respectively. Of the 55 proteins identified, 44, 40, and 42 proteins were confirmed to be differentially expressed in IMAT of cows, steers, and bulls, respectively. In OMAT of cows, steers, and bulls, 33, 33, and 22 were confirmed to be differentially expressed, respectively. Tropomyosin (TPM) 1, TPM 2, and TPM3 were subjected to verification by quantitative PCR and western blot analysis in IMAT and OMAT of Hanwoo cows, steers, and bulls as key factors closely associated with muscle development. Both mRNA levels and protein levels of TPM1, TPM2, and TPM3 in IMAT were lower in bulls compared to in cows or steers suggesting that they were positively correlated with marbling score and quality grade. Our results may aid the regulation of marbling development and improvement of meat quality grades in beef cattle.


Adipose Depots;Hanwoo;Liquid Chromatography-tandem Mass Spectrometry;Marbling;Meat Quality


Grant : Research Program for Agriculture Science & Technology Development

Supported by : National Institute of Animal Science


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