Rumen-protected methionine supplementation during the peripartal period alters the expression of galectin genes associated with inflammation in peripheral neutrophils and secretion in plasma of Holstein cows

Emmanuel K. Asiamah, Mario Vailati-Riboni, Zheng Zhou, Tianle Xu, Juan J. Loor, Keith Schimmel, Mulumebet Worku

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The work described in this research communication aimed to investigate whether rumen-protected methionine (Met) supplementation during the periparturient period would affect the expression of galectins in blood-derived neutrophils, and secretion of galectins, IL (interleukin)-1β, IL-6, myeloperoxidase (MPO), and glucose in plasma. Because supplementation of rumen-protected Met would alleviate inflammation and oxidative stress during the peripartal period, we hypothesized that enhancing Met supply would benefit the innate immune response at least in part by altering the expression of galectin genes associated with neutrophil activity and inflammation. Galectins (Gal) have an immuno-modulating effect acting like cell-surface receptors whose activation often results in signaling cascades stimulating cells such as neutrophils. This study revealed an association between Met supplementation and galectin expression and secretion. This implies that galectin expression and secretion can be modulated by Met supplementation. Further studies are needed to evaluate the regulation of galectin gene expression for therapeutic and dietary intervention in the peripartal cow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-398
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Dairy Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019



  • Galectins
  • methionine
  • neutrophils
  • periparturient cow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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