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Record number 407574
Title Dietary unsaturated fatty acids affect the mammary gland integrity and health in lactating dairy cows
Author(s) Mach Casellas, N.; Baal, J. van; Kruijt, L.; Jacobs, A.A.A.; Smits, M.A.
Source BMC Proceedings 5 (2011)Suppl.4. - ISSN 1753-6561 - p. S35 - S35.
Department(s) LR - Backoffice
Animal Nutrition
Livestock Research
CVI Infection Biology
Animal Breeding and Genetics
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Abstract Background Information about the effects of unsaturated fatty acids (UFA) supplementation on the health and integrity of the mammary gland in lactating dairy cows is lacking. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the effects of unprotected dietary UFA on the global expression pattern of genes in the mammary gland tissue of grazing dairy cows, and to translate this information into relevant biological knowledge. Methods Twenty-eight Holstein-Friesian dairy cows were randomly assigned to 4 different concentrated UFA-sources for 23 days after which all cows were switched to a non-UFA-supplemented concentrate for an additional 28 days. On the last day of both periods, mammary gland biopsies were taken to study genome-wide differences in gene expression on Bovine Genome Arrays. Results Supplementation with UFA reduced the concentration of short chain fatty acids (FA), C16 FA and saturated FA in the milk, whereas that of trans-FA increased. One major finding was that canonical pathways associated with remodelling and immune functions of the mammary gland were predominantly down-regulated during UFA supplementation and negatively correlated with the concentration of milk trans-FA. Conclusions Supplementing grazing dairy cows with unprotected dietary UFA can affect the remodelling and immune functions of the mammary gland with potential consequences for its integrity and health, as well as milk quality.
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