Genetic polymorphism in dopamine receptor D4 is associated with early body condition in a large population of greater flamingos, Phoenicopterus roseus.

@article{Gillingham2012GeneticPI,
  title={Genetic polymorphism in dopamine receptor D4 is associated with early body condition in a large population of greater flamingos, Phoenicopterus roseus.},
  author={Mark A F Gillingham and Arnaud B{\'e}chet and Julia Geraci and R{\'e}mi A. Wattier and Christine Dubreuil and Frank C{\'e}zilly},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  year={2012},
  volume={21 16},
  pages={4024-37}
}
Body condition is an important determinant of fitness in many natural populations. However, as for many fitness traits, the underlying genes that regulate body condition remain elusive. The dopamine receptor D4 gene (DRD4) is a promising candidate as dopamine is known to play an important role in the regulation of food intake and the metabolism of both glucose and lipids in vertebrates. In this study, we take advantage of a large data set of greater flamingos, Phoenicopterus roseus, to test… CONTINUE READING