Evaluation of FABP2 as candidate gene for a fatty acid composition QTL in porcine chromosome 8

J Estellé, A Mercadé, M Pérez-Enciso, RN Pena, L Silió, A Sánchez, JM Folch

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The objective of this work was to analyse the porcine Fatty acid binding protein 2, intestinal (FABP2) gene as a candidate gene for a fatty acid composition quantitative trait loci (QTL) previously described on porcine chromosome 8 in an Iberian by Landrace F2 cross (IBMAP). Re-sequencing of the porcine FABP2 gene in three Iberian and eight Landrace parental animals resulted in the identification of three single-nucleotide polymorphisms, all of them localized in intron 1. The polymorphism FABP2:g.412T>C, localized in intron 1, and two additional microsatellites were genotyped in the IBMAP population in order to perform an association test of the FABP2 gene and to better define the QTL position previously described. Association analyses of the FABP2:g.412T>C with the fatty acid composition traits were not significant in simple association and marker-assisted association tests, suggesting that the FABP2 region sequenced is not responsible for the QTL. However, the addition of three new markers to the pedigree allowed us to define the S0144-SW61 marker interval as the most likely QTL position, facilitating the future study of other candidate genes for this QTL. © 2009 Blackwell Verlag, Berlin.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-58
JournalJournal of Animal Breeding and Genetics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2009


  • Fatty acid binding protein
  • Fatty acid profile
  • Meat quality
  • Pig


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