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Liu X.,China Agricultural University | Usman T.,China Agricultural University | Usman T.,University of Agriculture, Peshawar | Wang Y.,China Agricultural University | And 17 more authors.
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences | Year: 2015

Improvement for carcass traits related to beef quality is the key concern in beef production. Recent reports found that epigenetics mediates the interaction of individuals with environment and nutrition. The present study was designed to analyze the genetic effect of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in seven epigenetic-related genes (DNMT1, DNMT3a, DNMT3b, DNMT3L, Ago1, Ago2, and HDAC5 ) and two meat quality candidate genes (CAPN1 and PRKAG3) on fourteen carcass traits related to beef quality in a Snow Dragon beef population, and also to identify SNPs in a total of fourteen cattle populations. Sixteen SNPs were identified and genotyped in 383 individuals sampled from the 14 cattle breeds, which included 147 samples from the Snow Dragon beef population. Data analysis showed significant association of 8 SNPs within 4 genes related to carcass and/or meat quality traits in the beef populations. SNP1 (13154420A>G) in exon 17 of DNMT1 was significantly associated with rib-eye width and lean meat color score (p<0.05). A novel SNP (SNP4, 76198537A>G) of DNMT3a was significantly associated with six beef quality traits. Those individuals with the wild-type genotype AA of DNMT3a showed an increase in carcass weight, chilled carcass weight, flank thicknesses, chuck short rib thickness, chuck short rib score and in chuck flap weight in contrast to the GG genotype. Five out of six SNPs in DNMT3b gene were significantly associated with three beef quality traits. SNP15 (45219258C>T) in CAPN1 was significantly associated with chuck short rib thickness and lean meat color score (p<0.05). The significant effect of SNP15 on lean meat color score individually and in combination with each of other 14 SNPs qualify this SNP to be used as potential marker for improving the trait. In addition, the frequencies of most wild-type alleles were higher than those of the mutant alleles in the native and foreign cattle breeds. Seven SNPs were identified in the epigenetic-related genes. The SNP15 in CAPN1 could be used as a powerful genetic marker in selection programs for beef quality improvement in the Snow Dragon Beef population. Copyright © 2015 by Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences Source


Guo X.,China Agricultural University | Liu X.,China Agricultural University | Xu X.,China Agricultural University | Wu M.,Dalian Xuelong Industry Ltd Group | And 6 more authors.
Molecular Biology Reports | Year: 2012

To identify the effects of the expression levels of DNMT3a and DNMT3b, coding the de novo methyltransferases DNMT3a and DNMT3b, on 16 beef carcass and quality traits, 50 beef cattle liver and ribeye muscle tissue samples were collected. Quantitative real-time RT-PCR was employed to quantify the expression level of these two genes, and a basic model included fixed effects of gender, age, and expression level of these two genes was used to analyze live weight; and slaughtering batches and aging days were added when beef carcass traits and beef quality traits were analyzed, respectively. Results showed that transcripts of DNMT3a and DNMT3b were present at significantly higher levels in liver tissue than in muscle tissue, and the expression level of DNMT3a was significantly higher than that of DNMT3b in both tissues. Regression analysis found that the expression levels of DNMT3a and DNMT3b were associated with several beef quality traits, which are important in beef breeding. Findings of the present study suggested that these two genes could significantly contribute to the improvement of beef quality genetically. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011. Source


Jiao S.,China Agricultural University | Chu Q.,Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences | Wang Y.,China Agricultural University | Xie Z.,Anshan Hengli Dairy Farm | And 15 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2013

Arachnomelia syndrome (AS), mainly found in Brown Swiss and Simmental cattle, is a congenital lethal genetic malformation of the skeletal system. In this study, a network-based disease gene prioritization approach was implemented to rank genes in the previously reported ∼7 Mb region on chromosome 23 associated with AS in Simmental cattle. The top 6 ranked candidate genes were sequenced in four German Simmental bulls, one known AS-carrier ROMEL and a pooled sample of three known non-carriers (BOSSAG, RIFURT and HIRMER). Two suspicious mutations located in coding regions, a mis-sense mutation c.1303G>A in the bystin-like (BYSL) gene and a 2-bp deletion mutation c.1224_1225delCA in the molybdenum cofactor synthesis step 1 (MOCS1) gene were detected. Bioinformatic analysis revealed that the mutation in MOCS1 was more likely to be the causative mutation. Screening the c.1224_1225delCA site in 383 individuals from 12 cattle breeds/lines, we found that only the bull ROMEL and his 12 confirmed progeny carried the mutation. Thus, our results confirm the conclusion of Buitkamp et al. that the 2-bp deletion mutation c.1224_1225delCA in exon 11 of the MOCS1 gene is causative for AS in Simmental cattle. Furthermore, a polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) was developed to detect the causative mutation. © 2013 Jiao et al. Source

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