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Articles by M. Q. Zheng
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  W. J. Li , H. B. Li , J. L. Chen , G. P. Zhao , M. Q. Zheng and J. Wen
  This study examined the association between expression of heart- and adipocyte-fatty acid binding-protein genes (H- and A-FABP) with intramuscular fat percentage (IFP) in two Chinese chicken breeds (Beijingyou [BJY] and Jingxing [JX]). The results showed that age and breed had significant effects on the FABP expression. A-FABP mRNA levels were dramatically higher in BJY than in JX chickens and in males than in females. The results indicate that transcription of H- and A-FABP genes was significantly correlated with IFP in two breeds of chicken.
  M. H. Ye , J. L. Chen , G. P. Zhao , M. Q. Zheng and J. Wen
  This study has assessed the association of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) identified in the adipocyte fatty acid binding protein (A-FABP) and heart-type fatty acid binding protein (H-FABP) genes with the content of intramuscular fat (IMF) in a population of male Beijing-You chickens. A previously described SNP in the chicken A-FABP gene had a significant (P < 0.05) effect on IMF content. Chickens inheriting the homozygous BB genotype at A-FABP had a significantly higher content of IMF in thigh muscles and breast muscles than did those inheriting the AA and AB genotypes. A novel SNP, identified here, in the H-FABP gene was also significantly (P < 0.05) associated with IMF content in thigh and breast muscle. Chickens inheriting the genotypes of DD and CD had much higher content of IMF than those inheriting the homozygous genotype of CC. Markers at the A-FABP and H-FABP genes were associated with IMF content in the studied population. Chickens inheriting the BB genotype at A-FABP, along with the CD genotype at H-FABP, produced muscles with a much higher content of IMF when compared with all other genotypes. A weak interaction between A-FABP and H-FABP was detected (P < 0.09) for IMF content in the tested population. The statistical significance of interaction is tentative because of the limited number of observations for some genotypic combinations. Markers identified within the A-FABP and H-FABP genes are suitable for future use in identifying chickens with the genetic potential to produce more desirable muscle with higher IMF content, at least in the population of Beijing-You male chickens.
  H. X. Cui , S. Y. Yang , H. Y. Wang , J. P. Zhao , R. R. Jiang , G. P. Zhao , J. L. Chen , M. Q. Zheng , X. H. Li and J. Wen
  The 3-hydroxyl-3-methylglutaryl Coenzyme A reductase (HMGCR) gene was examined for polymorphisms in Beijing-you chickens. A “T” base insert was detected at nucleotide 2749 of the 3-UTR region of the HMGCR gene and was used as the basis for distinguishing a B allele, distinct from the A. Serum and muscle contents of total cholesterol. LDL-cholesterol in serum was significantly lower in AB birds and lowest in BB birds. Real-time PCR showed that the same trends across genotypes occurred in an abundance of HMGCR transcripts in liver, but there was no difference in contents of HMGCR mRNA in breast or thigh muscles. Hepatic expression and serum LDL-cholesterol were meaningfully correlated (partial, with total serum cholesterol held constant, r = 0.923). In muscle, similar genotypic differences were found for the abundance of the LDL receptor (LDLR) transcript. Cholesterol content in breast muscle related to LDLR expression (partial correlation with serum LDL-cholesterol held constant, r = 0.719); the equivalent partial correlation in thigh muscle was not significant. The results indicated that the B allele significantly reduces hepatic abundance of HMGCR transcripts, probably accounting for genotypic differences in serum cholesterol. In muscle, the cholesterol content appeared to reflect differences in LDLR expression with apparent mechanistic differences between breast and thigh.
 
 
 
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