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Co-expression of candidate genes regulating growth performance and carcass traits of Barki lambs in Egypt

Version 1 : Received: 6 June 2021 / Approved: 8 June 2021 / Online: 8 June 2021 (09:15:47 CEST)

How to cite: Ghanem, N.; Zayed, M.; Mohamed, I.; Mohammady, M.; Shehata, M. Co-expression of candidate genes regulating growth performance and carcass traits of Barki lambs in Egypt. Preprints 2021, 2021060199 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0199.v1). Ghanem, N.; Zayed, M.; Mohamed, I.; Mohammady, M.; Shehata, M. Co-expression of candidate genes regulating growth performance and carcass traits of Barki lambs in Egypt. Preprints 2021, 2021060199 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0199.v1).

Abstract

The aim of present study was to link the gene expression profile of selected candidate genes with blood profile, growth performance and carcass traits of Barki lambs. Thirty-eight Barki lambs were divided into 3 groups (fast, intermediate and slow growing) according to growth perfor-mance. Body tissues (muscle, liver and fat) were taken from for RNA isolation and Real-time PCR. The results indicated that, the final body weight hot carcass weight were heavier (P ≤ 0.05) in fast (49.9 Kg and 24.57) than intermediate (40.7 and 19.07 Kg) and slow (30.8 and 15.10 Kg) growing animals. The blood profile of total protein, total lipids, calcium, T3 and T4 hormones did not differ among sheep groups. Genes involved in protein biosynthesis (RPL7), fatty acid oxidation (CPT1) and lipolysis (FABP4) were up regulated in fast and intermediate growing lambs in all studied tissues. While, gene-regulating lipogenesis (ADIPOQ) was expressed simi-larly in fat and liver tissues, but increased its expression in muscle of fast and intermediate growing lambs. Expression of CAPN3 was increased in fast and intermediate growing compared to slow growing lambs. In conclusion, the current study providing an evidence for the im-portance of co-expression of these genes in main body tissues linked with growth performance of Barki lambs.

Subject Areas

growth rate; carcass traits; gene expression.

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