Gene expression patterns during intramuscular fat development in cattle.

@article{Wang2009GeneEP,
  title={Gene expression patterns during intramuscular fat development in cattle.},
  author={Yonghong Wang and Neil Ivan Bower and Antonio Reverter and Siok Hwee Tan and Nadia De Jager and Rong Wang and S. M. McWilliam and Linda M. Cafe and Paul L. Greenwood and Sigrid A. Lehnert},
  journal={Journal of animal science},
  year={2009},
  volume={87 1},
  pages={119-30}
}
Deposition of intramuscular fat, or "marbling," in beef cattle contributes significantly to meat quality variables, including juiciness, flavor, and tenderness. The accumulation of intramuscular fat is largely influenced by the genetic background of cattle, as well as their age and nutrition. To identify genes that can be used as early biomarkers for the prediction of marbling capacity, we studied the muscle transcriptome of 2 cattle crossbreeds with contrasting intramuscular fat content. The… CONTINUE READING