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Association analyses of SNPs in candidate genes with body fat deposition and carcass merit traits in beef cattle

  • Author / Creator
    Islam, Khandker Khaldun
  • A candidate gene approach was used to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and their associations with body fat deposition and carcass merit traits in beef cattle. In total, 37 SNPs from 9 candidate genes have been genotyped on 463 hybrid, 206 Angus and 187 Charolais steers for association analyses with 10 different fat deposition and carcass merit traits. In single SNP analyses, 28 SNPs of 9 genes have been found significantly (P<0.05) associated with different traits in the cattle populations. Gene-specific linkage disequilibrium assessment of SNPs revealed the existence of haplotype blocks within 4 genes. Haplotype analyses have identified 31 haplotypes of 6 genes having significant associations (P<0.05) with different fat deposition and carcass merit traits in the cattle populations. These findings will provide insight into the genetic mechanism regulating body fat deposition in beef cattle and will assist the beef industry to improve beef quality through marker assisted selection.

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  • Graduation date
    2009-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3R14J
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Li, Changxi (Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Li, Changxi (Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
    • Moore, Stephen S. (Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
    • Crews, Denny H. Jr. (Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
    • Cooke, Janice (Department of Biological Sciences)