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East Friesian sheep carry a Myostatin allele known to cause muscle hypertrophy in other breeds


Bignell, CW and Malau-Aduli, AEO and Nichols, PD and McCulloch, R and Kijas, JW, East Friesian sheep carry a Myostatin allele known to cause muscle hypertrophy in other breeds, Animal Genetics, 41, (4) pp. 445-446. ISSN 0268-9146 (2010) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1365-2052.2010.02021.x


The East Friesian breed of sheep was developed in northern Germany and the Netherlands, and has become one of the world’s most productive dairy sheep. It is likely to have contributed to the foundation of other breeds, such as the Texel, which originated in the Netherland’s chain of West Friesian islands. The Texel is a meat breed that displays a muscle hypertrophy phenotype caused by a G to A substitution (g.+6723G>A) in the Myostatin gene.1 Given the likelihood of a common population history linking Texel and East Frisian, we sought to determine if the latter also carries the mutant g.+6723A Myostatin allele despite the divergent production profiles of the two breeds.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Animal production
Research Field:Animal reproduction and breeding
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Livestock raising
Objective Field:Sheep for wool
UTAS Author:Bignell, CW (Mr Will Bignell)
UTAS Author:Malau-Aduli, AEO (Associate Professor Aduli Malau-Aduli)
ID Code:58815
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2009-10-29
Last Modified:2010-09-01
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