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This study was conducted to investigate the effect of nano-selenium (nano-Se) on performance, meat quality, immune function, oxidation resistance, and tissue selenium content in broilers. A total of five hundred forty 1-d-old male Arbor Acres broilers were randomly allotted to 1 of 5 treatments with each treatment being applied to 6 replicates of 18 chicks.(More)
Based on the knowledge of the heme bio-synthetic and metabolic pathway and the structures of biliverdin and protoporphyrin, experiments were carried out to compare the difference between the total quality of eggshell pigments in blue-shelled eggs and brown-shelled eggs from the same population (Dongxiang, China) and to analyze the correlation between the(More)
A three-generation of chicken population is being constructed for mapping multi-economical trait loci where three extremely divergent breeds, including a broiler breed(A), a layer breed(B) and white-silk chicken(C) were employed for reciprocal cross. Four cross combinations of A Male x C Female, C Male x A Female; B Male x C Female, C Male x B Female were(More)
Litter size is one of the most important economic traits in pig production, and the more piglet numbers per litter is capable to increase pork production and bring more economic profit for pig industry. ESR (estrogen receptor) gene has been determined to be one of the major genes affecting phenotype of litter size without any genetic negative correlation to(More)
By PCR-RFLPs and PCR-SSCP approach, three single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of porcine myostatin gene (MSTN) were analyzed in different breeds including "doubled-muscled" Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Landrace, Hamshire, Duroc, Piteran, Erhualian, Min, Hubei White and some hybrids. The three SNPs were located in the 3' encoding region, 5' promoter region and(More)
Obese gene (ob) is a novel gene cloned recently. The product of ob gene Leptin is an important signal reflecting body fat mass and controlling body weight. In this study the complete nucleotide sequences of porcine ob cDNA were identified, and the homology with ob genes from other species was also compared. The porcine fat cDNA was constructed based on(More)
Ghrelin is an acylated peptide recently identified as an endogenous ligand for the growth hormone (GH) secretagogues (GHSs) receptor (GHS-R) and is involved in a novel system for regulating GH release. To study the biological activities of ghrelin using plasmid vector administration, we constructed myogenic expression vectors containing the full length cDNA(More)
Twenty-seven domesticated yellow cattle breeds of China and three introduced cattle breeds were analysed by means of 30 microsatellite markers to determine the level of genetic variation within and among populations as well as the population structure. In all, 480 microsatellite alleles were observed across the 30 breeds with the mean number of alleles per(More)
Addition of roxarsone can significantly improve the growth of broiler chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus). Nevertheless, this application will lead to the contamination of the environment as well as animal products. Understanding the response of genes to roxarsone may bring about the discovery of new, safer substitutes. In this study, we monitored the(More)
Tibetan chickens, a unique chicken breed native to high altitude, have good adaptation to hypoxia. The experiment was conducted to determine the adaptive blood characteristics in Tibetan chickens. Fertile eggs from Tibetan and Dwarf Recessive White chickens were incubated, and the chicks were reared until 10 wk of age at low altitude (100 m) and high(More)