The beef cattle industry has a significant role in the production of greenhouse gases which makes important to select animals with high feed efficiency (FE). The aim of this study was to identify genes in bovine chromosome 21 in linkage disequilibrium with SNP associated with FE in Nellore cattle. A genome-wide association study (GWAS) for residual intake and body weight gain was performed and SNPs associated with the trait were identified in two regions of this chromosome. These regions were analyzed for linkage disequilibrium and haplotype blocks were created. We found four haplotype blocks in region 1 and one in region 2 containing significant SNPs. We could identify eight genes that may be related with FE and one possible regulatory region.  

Pâmela Alexandre, Miguel HA Santana, Joanir P Eler, Heidge Fukumasu, Gerson A Oliveira, Jr., Jose Bento Ster Ferraz

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume Genetics of Trait Complexes: Feed intake and efficiency (Posters), , 560, 2014
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