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Journal of Applied Genetics 46(1), 2005, pp. 85-87

DGAT1 K232A quantitative trait nucleotide polymorphism in Polish Black-and-White cattle

Chandra S. Pareek, Urszula Czarnik, Tadeusz Zabolewicz, Ravi S. Pareek, Krzysztof Walawski


Abstract: The diacylglycerol o-acyltransferase 1 gene (DGAT1) was investigated in Polish Black-and-White cattle. The frequency of the K allele was 0.60, 0.68 and 0.48 for AI sires (n = 150), young bulls (n = 139) and cows (n = 213), respectively. The method of selective genotyping for identification of the quantitative trait nucleotide was verified through identification of DGAT1 effect on milk production traits. Daughters of six heterozygous bulls were selectively genotyped based on their milk traits. The genotypic frequencies differed between high and low yield groups representing milk and fat contents. The Kruskal-Wallis test revealed a highly significant effect of DGAT1 K232A in cows with extremely low fat content and a significant effect in cows with extremely high protein content of milk. No significant effect of AI sires' genotypes on their breeding value was found.

Key words: DGAT1, quantitative trait nucleotide, milk production traits.

Correspondence: C.S. Pareek, Dept. of Animal Genetics, Faculty of Animal Bio-engineering, University of Warmia and Mazury, Oczapowskiego 5, 10-718 Olsztyn, Poland; e-mail: pareek@uwm.edu.pl

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