Time-dependent effect of trans-10,cis-12 conjugated linoleic acid on gene expression of lipogenic enzymes and regulators in mammary tissue of dairy cows

J Dairy Sci. 2018 Aug;101(8):7585-7592. doi: 10.3168/jds.2017-13935. Epub 2018 May 24.


Trans-10,cis-12 conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) has been identified as an intermediate of rumen fatty acid biohydrogenation that caused milk fat depression (MFD) in the dairy cow. Previous studies in cows experiencing CLA- and diet-induced MFD have identified reduced mammary expression of the master lipogenic regulator sterol response element transcription factor 1 (SREBF1) and many of its dependent genes. To distinguish between primary mechanisms regulating milk fat synthesis and secondary adaptations to the reduction in milk fat, we conducted a time-course experiment. Eleven dairy cows received by abomasal infusion an initial priming dose of 6.25 g of CLA followed by 12.5 g/d delivered in multiple pulses per day for 5 d. Cows were milked 3×/d and mammary biopsies were obtained under basal condition (prebolus control) and 12, 30, and 120 h relative to initiation of CLA infusion. Milk fat concentration and yield decreased progressively reaching a nadir at 69 h (1.82% and 38.2 g/h) and averaged 2.03 ± 0.19% and 42.1 ± 4.10 g/h on the last day of treatment (±standard deviation). Expression of fatty acid synthase (FASN) and lipoprotein lipase (LPL) were decreased at 30 and 120 h compared with control. Expression of SREBF1 and THRSP were also decreased at 30 and 120 h compared with control. Additionally, we failed to observe changes in other factors, including peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ and liver × receptor β and milk fat globular membrane proteins, during CLA treatment. However, expression of milk fat globular membrane proteins were decreased after 14 d of diet-induced MFD in samples from a previous experiment, indicating a possible long-term response. The rapid decrease in lipogenic enzymes, SREBF1, and THRSP provide strong support for their transcriptional regulation as a primary mechanism of milk fat depression.

Keywords: SREBF1; THRSP; conjugated linoleic acid; milk fat; milk fat depression.

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue / metabolism*
  • Animals
  • Cattle / metabolism
  • Diet
  • Fatty Acid Synthases / genetics
  • Fatty Acids
  • Female
  • Lactation
  • Linoleic Acids, Conjugated / administration & dosage*
  • Lipogenesis / genetics
  • Lipogenesis / physiology
  • Lipoprotein Lipase / genetics*
  • Mammary Glands, Animal / metabolism
  • Milk


  • Fatty Acids
  • Linoleic Acids, Conjugated
  • Fatty Acid Synthases
  • Lipoprotein Lipase