Non-targeted LC-MS metabolomics approach for metabolic profiling of plasma and urine from pigs fed branched chain amino acids for maximum growth performance.

Research paper by Elham Assadi EA Soumeh, Mette Skou MS Hedemann, Hanne Damgaard HD Poulsen, Etienne E Corrent, Jacob J van Milgen, Jan Værum JV Nørgaard

Indexed on: 06 Oct '16Published on: 06 Oct '16Published in: Journal of Proteome Research


The metabolic response to plasma and urine of pigs when feeding an optimum level of BCAA for best growth performance is unknown. The objective of the current study was to identify the metabolic phenotype associated with the BCAA intake level that could be linked to the animal growth performance. Three dose-response studies were carried out to collect blood and urine samples from pigs fed increasing levels of Ile, Val, or Leu followed by a non-targeted LC-MS approach to characterize the metabolic profile of bio-fluids when dietary BCAA is optimum for animal growth. Results showed that concentrations of plasma hypoxanthine and tyrosine (Tyr) were higher while concentrations of glycocholic acid, tauroursodeoxycholic acid, and taurocholic acid were lower when the dietary Ile was optimum. Plasma 3-methyl-2-oxovaleric acid and creatine were lower when dietary Leu was optimum. The optimum dietary Leu resulted in increased urinary excretion of ascorbic acid and choline and relatively decreased excretion of 2-aminoadipic acid, acetyl-DL-valine, Ile, 2 methylbutyrylglycine, and Tyr. In conclusion, plasma glycocholic acid and taurocholic acid were discriminating metabolites to the optimum dietary Ile. The optimum dietary Leu was associated with reduced plasma creatine and urinary 2-aminoadipic acid and elevated urinary excretion of ascorbic acid and choline. The optimum dietary Val had a less pronounced metabolic response reflected in plasma or urine than other BCAA.