Changes in expression of monocarboxylate transporters, heat shock proteins and meat quality of Large White Yorkshire and Ghungroo pigs during hot summer period

  • Parkunan, Thulasiraman (Department of Veterinary Physiology, Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences) ;
  • Das, Arun K. (Eastern Regional Station, ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute) ;
  • Banerjee, Dipak (Department of Veterinary Physiology, Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences) ;
  • Mohanty, Niharika (Eastern Regional Station, ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute) ;
  • Paul, Avishek (Physiology & Climatology Division, ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute) ;
  • Nanda, P.K. (Eastern Regional Station, ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute) ;
  • Biswas, TK (Eastern Regional Station, ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute) ;
  • Naskar, Syamal (Eastern Regional Station, ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute) ;
  • Bag, Sadhan (Physiology & Climatology Division, ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute) ;
  • Sarkar, Mihir (Physiology & Climatology Division, ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute) ;
  • Mohan, Narayana H. (National Research Centre on Pig) ;
  • Das, Bikash Chandra (Eastern Regional Station, ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute)
  • Received : 2016.01.07
  • Accepted : 2016.05.12
  • Published : 2017.02.01


Objective: Present study explores the effect of hot summer period on the glycolytic rate of early post-mortem meat quality of Ghungroo and Large White Yorkshire (LWY) pig and comparative adaptability to high temperature between above breeds by shifting the expression of stress related genes like mono-carboxylate transporters (MCTs) and heat shock proteins (HSPs). Methods: Healthy pigs of two different breeds, viz., LYW and Ghungroo (20 from each) were maintained during hot summer period (May to June) with a mean temperature of about $38^{\circ}C$. The pigs were slaughtered and meat samples from the longissimus dorsi (LD) muscles were analyzed for pH, glycogen and lactate content and mRNA expression. Following 24 h of chilling, LD muscle was also taken from the carcasses to evaluate protein solubility and different meat quality measurements. Results: LWY exhibited significantly (p<0.01) higher plasma cortisol and lactate dehydrogenase concentration than Ghungroo indicating their higher sensitivity to high temperature. LD muscle from LWY pigs revealed lower initial and ultimate pH values and higher drip loss compared to Ghungroo, indicating a faster rate of pH fall. LD muscle of Ghungroo had significantly lower lactate content at 45 min postmortem indicating normal postmortem glycolysis and much slower glycolytic rate at early postmortem. LD muscle of LWY showed rapid postmortem glycolysis, higher drip loss and higher degrees of protein denaturation. Ghungroo exhibited slightly better water holding capacity, lower cooking loss and higher protein solubility. All HSPs (HSP27, HSP70, and HSP90) and MCTs (MCT1, MCT2, and MCT4) in the LD muscle of pigs inclined to increase more in Ghungroo than LWY when exposed to high temperature. Conclusion: Effect of high temperature on the variation of HSPs and MCTs may play a crucial role in thermal tolerance and adaptation to different climatic conditions, pH regulation, muscle acidification, drip loss, protein denaturation and also in postmortem meat quality development.


Ghungroo Pig;Glycolytic Rate;Heat Shock Proteins (HSPs);Meat Quality;Mono-carboxylate Transporters (MCTs);Large White Yorkshire;Summer Stress


Supported by : Department of Biotechnology


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