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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Identification of single nucleotide polymorphism of adipocyte fatty acid-binding protein gene and its association with fatness traits in the chicken.

Fatty acid-binding proteins (FABP) belong to a superfamily of lipid binding proteins that exhibit a high affinity for long chain fatty acids and appear to function in metabolism and intracellular transportation of lipids. The current study was designed to investigate the effects of the adipocyte (A)-FABP gene on chicken growth and body composition traits. Two F2 resource populations were used in the current study. Body weight and body composition traits were measured in the populations. Primers for the coding region of the A-FABP gene were designed from chicken genomic and cDNA sequences. Polymorphism between parental lines was detected by DNA sequencing, and the PCR-RFLP method was developed to genotype the F2 populations. The results indicated that an A-FABP gene polymorphism was associated with abdominal fat weight and percentage of abdominal fat, and the A-FABP gene could be a candidate locus or linked to a major gene(s) that affects abdominal fat content in the chicken.[1]


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