U.S. Department of Agriculture: Agricultural Research Service, Lincoln, Nebraska


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Frontiers in Genetics U.S. Meat Animal Research Centerh 2012 Volume 3 Article 39; doi: 10.3389/fgene.2012.00039


A previous study in cattle based on >48,000 markers identified markers on chromosome 4 near the chemerin gene associated with average daily feed intake (ADFI) in steers (P < 0.008). Chemerin is an adipokine associated with obesity and Metabolic syndrome in humans, representing a strong candidate gene potentially underlying the observed association. To evaluate whether the bovine chemerin gene is involved in feed intake, 16 markers within and around the gene were tested for association in the same resource population. Eleven were nominally significant for ADFI (P<0.05) and two were significant after Bon-ferroni correction. Two and five SNP in this region were nominally significant for the related traits of average daily gain (ADG) and residual feed intake (RFI), respectively.