Campus Units

Animal Science

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

6-1-1987

Journal or Book Title

Poultry Science

Volume

66

Issue

6

First Page

1064

Last Page

1066

DOI

10.3382/ps.0661064

Abstract

Associations between egg production and feed efficiency and the genes of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) of the chicken were investigated. Breeders were selected on the basis of indexes incorporating information on body weight and egg mass, with or without feed consumption information. Over 1,000 progeny were serotyped for the erythrocyte antigen B (Ea-B) after the 6th generation of selection. The B2 and B13 haplotypes accounted for over 75% of the Ea-B gene pool in all lines. Comparing each index-selected line with the control, B2 significantly increased in frequency at the expense of B13. This study further implicates MHC-linked genes as important in the physiology of growth and reproduction in the chicken.

Comments

This article is published as Lamont, S. J., Y-H. Hou, B. M. Young, and A. W. Nordskog. "Research note: differences in major histocompatibility complex gene frequencies associated with feed efficiency and laying performance." Poultry Science 66, no. 6 (1987): 1064-1066. DOI: 10.3382/ps.0661064. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Poultry Science Association Inc.

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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