Dr. agr. Elke Albrecht

Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Working Group Muscle-Fat Crosstalk
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf

Research interests

  • Biology of skeletal muscle tissue in farm animals
  • Meat quality in farm animals
  • Marbling and intramuscular adipogenesis
  • Interactions between muscle and fat cells

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2005–present: Scientist, Institute of Muscle Biology and Growth, FBN
  • 1998–2005: Post Doc position, Division Medical Biology, Department of Pathology, Medical Faculty, University of Rostock, Germany
  • 1992–1998: PhD position, Research Unit Muscle Biology and Growth, FBN
  • 1988–1992: Research study, Division of Biotechnology, Technical University of Dresden
  • 1988: Graduation (Dip.-Ing.) in Food Engineering and Biotechnology, Technical University of Dresden


  • since 2014: Methods for characterization of skeletal muscle tissue,Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University Rostock (M.Sc.)


Brenmoehl, J.; Albrecht, E.; Komolka, K.; Schering, L.; Langhammer, M.; Hoeflich, A.; Maak, S. (2014):
Irisin is elevated in skeletal muscle and serum of mice immediately after acute exercise. Int J Biol Sci 10 (3): 338-349
Komolka, K.; Albrecht, E.; Schering, L.; Brenmoehl, J.; Hoeflich, A.; Maak, S. (2014):
Locus characterization and gene expression of bovine FNDC5: is the myokine irisin relevant in cattle?. Plos One 9 (1): 1-11
Ci, L.; Sun, H.; Huang, Y.; Guo, J; Albrecht, E.; Zhao, R.; Yang, X. (2014):
Maternal dietary fat affects the LT muscle fatty acid composition of progeny at weaning and finishing stages in pigs. Meat Sci 96 (3): 1141-1146
Shirouchi, B.; Albrecht, E.; Nürnberg, G.; Maak, S.; Samadmanivong, O.; Nakamura, Y.; Sato, M.; Gotoh, T.; Nürnberg, K. (2014):
Fatty acid profiles and adipogenic gene expression of various fat depots in Japanese Black and Holstein steers. Meat Sci 96 (1): 157-164
Komolka, K.; Albrecht, E.; Wimmers, K.; Michal, J. J.; Maak, S. (2014):
Molecular heterogeneities of adipose depots - potential effects on adipose-muscle cross- talk in humans, mice and farm animals. J Genomics 2: 31-44
Nebendahl, C.; Krüger, R.; Görs, S.; Albrecht, E.; Martens, K.; Hennig, S.; Storm, N.; Höppner, Wolfgang; Pfuhl, R.; Metzler-Zebeli, B. U.; Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C. (2013):
Effects on transcriptional regulation and lipid droplet characteristics in the liver of female juvenile pigs after early postnatal feed restriction and refeeding are dependent on birth weight. Plos One 8 (11): 1-19
Widmann, P.; Reverter, A.; Fortes, M.; Weikard, R.; Suhre, K.; Hammon, H. M.; Albrecht, E.; Kühn, C. (2013):
A systems biology approach using metabolomic data reveals genes and pathways interacting to modulate divergent growth in cattle. BMC Genomics 14: 798-815
Dodson, M. V.; Boudina, S.; Albrecht, E.; Bucci, L.; Fernyhough-Culver, M.; Wei, M.; Bergen, W. G.; Amaral, A. J.; Moustaid-Moussa, N.; Poulos, S.; Hausman, G. J. (2013):
A long journey to effective obesity treatments: is there light at the end of the tunnel?. Exp Biol Med 238 (5): 491-501
Albrecht, E.; Lembcke, C.; Wegner, J.; Maak, S. (2013):
Prenatal muscle fiber development and bundle structure in beef and dairy cattle. J Anim Sci 91 (8): 3666-3673
Wei, S.; Du, Z.; Jiang, Z.; Duarte, M. S.; Fernyhough-Culver, M.; Albrecht, E.; Will, K.; Zan, L.; Hausman, G. J.; Elabd, E.; Bergen, W. G.; Basu, U.; Dodson, M. V. (2013):
Bovine dedifferentiated adipose tissue (DFAT) cells : DFAT isolation. Adipocyte 2 (3): 148-159
Börner, S.; Albrecht, E.; Schäff, C. T.; Hacke, S.; Kautzsch, U.; Derno, M.; Hammon, H. M.; Röntgen, M.; Sauerwein, H.; Kuhla, B. (2013):
Reduced AgRP activation in the hypothalamus of cows with high extent of fat mobilization after parturition. Gen Comp Endocr 193: 167-177
Angulo, J.; Hiller, B.; Albrecht, E.; Olivera, M.; Mahecha, L.; Nürnberg, G.; Dannenberger, D.; Nürnberg, K. (2012):
Effect of different dietary fats on protein expression of sterol regulatory element-binding protein 1 (SREBP-1) in mammary gland tissue of lactating cows. LIVEST SCI 143 (2-3): 300-304
Yang, X.; Liu, R.; Albrecht, E.; Dong, X.; Maak, S.; Zhao, R. (2012):
Breed-specific patterns of hepatic gluconeogenesis and glucocorticoid action in pigs. Arch Tierzucht 55 (2): 152-162
Hamada, M.; Albrecht, E.; El-Bagory, A.-R.; Edris, A.-B.; Hammon, H. M.; Nürnberg, G.; Maak, S. (2012):
Meat quality traits and muscle composition of cows differing in lactation performance. Arch Tierzucht 55 (1): 36-47
Wei, S.; Duarte, M. S.; Du, Z.; Paulino, P.; Jiang, Z.; Albrecht, E.; Fernyhough-Culver, M.; Zan, L.; Hausman, G. J.; Dodson, M. V. (2012):
Bovine mature adipocytes readily to a proliferative state. Tissue Cell 44 (6): 385-390
Kuzinski, J.; Zitnan, R.; Albrecht, E.; Viergutz, T.; Röntgen, M. (2012):
Modulation of vH+-ATPase is part of the functional adaptation of sheep rumen epithelium to high-energy diet. Am J Physiol-Reg I 303 (9): R909-R920
Angulo, J.; Mahecha, L.; Nürnberg, K.; Nürnberg, G.; Dannenberger, D.; Olivera, M.; Boutinaud, M.; Leroux, C.; Albrecht, E.; Bernard, L. (2012):
Effects of polyunsaturated fatty acids from plant oils and algae on milk fat yield and composition are associated with mammary lipogenic and SREBF1 gene expression. Animal 6 (12): 1961-1972
Albrecht, E.; Komolka, K.; Kuzinski, J.; Maak, S. (2012):
Agouti revisited: transcript quantification of the ASIP gene in bovine tissues related to protein expression and localization. Plos One 7 (4): 1-11
Setoguchi, K.; Watanabe, T.; Weikard, R.; Albrecht, E.; Kühn, C.; Kinoshita, A.; Sugimoto, Y.; Takasuga, A. (2011):
The SNP c.1326T>G in the non-SMC condensin I complex, subunit G (NCAPG) gene encoding a p.Ile442Met variant is associated with an increase in body frame size at puberty in cattle. Anim Genet 42 (6): 650-655
Albrecht, E.; Gotoh, T.; Ebara, F.; Xu, T.; Viergutz, T.; Nürnberg, G.; Maak, S.; Wegner, J. (2011):
Cellular conditions for intramuscular fat deposition in Japanese Black and Holstein steers. Meat Sci 89 (1): 13-20