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Meat Sci. 2016 Oct;120:93-99. doi: 10.1016/j.meatsci.2016.04.022. Epub 2016 Apr 20.

The impact of growth promoters on muscle growth and the potential consequences for meat quality.

Author information

1
Division of Nutritional Sciences, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, University of Nottingham, Loughborough, Leics LE12 5RD, UK. Electronic address: tim.parr@nottingham.ac.uk.
2
Botswana College of Agriculture, Gaborone, Botswana.
3
Division of Nutritional Sciences, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, University of Nottingham, Loughborough, Leics LE12 5RD, UK.
4
College of Life and Natural Sciences, Department of Natural Sciences, University of Derby, Derby DE22 1GB, UK.

Abstract

To meet the demands of increased global meat consumption, animal production systems will have to become more efficient, or at least maintain the current efficiency utilizing feed ingredients that are not also used for human consumption. Use of growth promoters is a potential option for increasing production animal feed efficiency and increased muscle growth. The objective of this manuscript is to describe the mechanisms by which the growth promoters, beta-adrenergic agonists and growth hormone, mediate their effects, with specific consideration of the aspects which have implications for meat quality.

KEYWORDS:

Growth promoters; Meat quality; Muscle; Proteolysis

PMID:
27179582
DOI:
10.1016/j.meatsci.2016.04.022
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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