Functional genomics of the muscle response to restraint and transport in chickens

D Hazard, X Fernandez, J Pinguet, C Chambon, F Letisse, J-C Portais, Z Wadih-Moussa, H Rémignon, C Molette

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In the present study, we used global approaches (proteomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics) to assess the molecular basis of the muscle response to stress in chickens. A restraint test, combined with transport for 2 h (RT test) was chosen as the potentially stressful situation. Chickens (6 wk old) were either nontreated (control chickens) or submitted to the RT test (treated chickens). The RT test induced a 6-fold increase in corticosterone concentrations, suggesting hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activation. The RT test decreased the relative abundance of several hexose phosphates [glucose-1-P (G1P), glucose-6-P (G6P), fructose-6-P (F6P), and mannose-6-P (M6P)] in thigh muscle. In addition, 55 transcripts, among which 39 corresponded to unique annotated genes, were significantly up- (12 genes) or downregulated (27 genes) by treatment. Similarly, 45 proteic spots, among which 29 corresponded to unique annotated proteins, were overexpressed (11 proteins), underexpressed (14 proteins), or only expressed in treated chickens. Integrative analysis of differentially expressed genes and proteins showed that most transcripts and proteins belong to 2 networks whose genes were mainly related with cytoskeleton structure or carbohydrate metabolism. Whereas the decrease in energetic metabolites suggested an activation of glycogenolysis and glycolysis in response to the RT test, the reduced expression of genes and proteins involved in these pathways suggested the opposite. We hypothesized that the prolonged RT test resulted in a repression of glycogenolysis and glycolysis in thigh muscle of chickens. The down-expression of genes and proteins involved in the formation of fiber stress after the RT test suggests a reinforcement of myofibrils in response to stress.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2717-30
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Animal Science
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Animals
  • Chickens
  • Corticosterone
  • Electrophoresis, Gel, Two-Dimensional
  • Genomics
  • Glucose
  • Glycogen
  • Lactates
  • Metabolomics
  • Muscle, Skeletal
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • Proteomics
  • Quantitative Trait, Heritable
  • Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Restraint, Physical
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Stress, Physiological
  • Transportation


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