Identification of a novel microRNA important for melanogenesis in alpaca (Vicugna pacos).

  title={Identification of a novel microRNA important for melanogenesis in alpaca (Vicugna pacos).},
  author={Shi Yang and Ruiwen Fan and Zhong-ju Shi and Kaiyuan Ji and Jianzhong Zhang and Hong-ying Wang and Muren Herrid and Qianbin Zhang and Jing Yao and George Wesley Smith and Chao Dong},
  journal={Journal of animal science},
  volume={93 4},
The molecular mechanisms underlying the formation of coat colors in animals are poorly understood. Recent studies have demonstrated that microRNA play important roles in the control of melanogenesis and coat color in mammals. In a previous study, we characterized the miRNA expression profiles in alpaca skin with brown and white coat color and identified a novel miRNA (named lpa-miR-nov-66) that is expressed significantly higher in white skin compared to brown skin. The present study was… CONTINUE READING
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