Cellular Mechanisms and Epigenetic Changes: Role of Nutrition in Livestock

Ahmed Elolimy, Mario Vailati-Riboni, Yusheng Liang, Juan J. Loor

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In the context of physiologic responses that determine the growth, development, and health status of livestock, the role of epigenetics and the underlying cellular mechanisms it affects remain to be fully elucidated. Although recent work has provided evidence that maternal dietary energy level, carbohydrate type, or intestinal supply of methyl donors can elicit molecular changes in tissues of the embryo, fetus, or neonate, there are few data linking epigenetics with biochemical and physiologic outcomes. Therefore, efforts linking the epigenome with physiologic and developmental outcomes offer exciting opportunities for discoveries that can impact efficiency of nutrient use and well-being of livestock.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-263
Number of pages15
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Food Animal Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2019


  • Embryo
  • Histones
  • Methylation
  • Placenta
  • Pregnancy
  • Tissue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Animals


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