Research Article

Association of CD4 SNPs with fat percentage of Holstein cattle

Published: September 16, 2016
Genet. Mol. Res. 15(3): gmr8697 DOI: 10.4238/gmr.15038697

Abstract

Cluster of differentiation 4 gene (CD4) is well known for its role in immunity, but its effects on production traits remain to be elucidated. The present study was designed to explore single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the exons, flanking introns, and promoter of CD4, as well as to analyze their effects on milk production traits (percentage of protein, fat, and lactose; mastitis indicator traits somatic cell count; and somatic cell score). A total of 10 SNPs, including eight in the exon and two in the intron regions, were identified using pooled DNA sequencing. These SNPs were screened in a population of 258 Chinese Holstein using the SNaPshot technique. We analyzed the effects of SNPs, parity, herd, year, and season of calving on the production and mastitis indicator traits. Our analysis revealed two haplotypes and strong linkage disequilibrium (D' > 0.97) among all SNPs. All 10 SNPs were significantly associated with fat percentage (P CD4 plays a role in production traits as well as in immune function. The identified SNPs could be used as genetic markers for selection of dairy cows with improved fat percentage. We propose further studies of these SNPs in a larger population as well as further investigations of the function of this gene.

Cluster of differentiation 4 gene (CD4) is well known for its role in immunity, but its effects on production traits remain to be elucidated. The present study was designed to explore single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the exons, flanking introns, and promoter of CD4, as well as to analyze their effects on milk production traits (percentage of protein, fat, and lactose; mastitis indicator traits somatic cell count; and somatic cell score). A total of 10 SNPs, including eight in the exon and two in the intron regions, were identified using pooled DNA sequencing. These SNPs were screened in a population of 258 Chinese Holstein using the SNaPshot technique. We analyzed the effects of SNPs, parity, herd, year, and season of calving on the production and mastitis indicator traits. Our analysis revealed two haplotypes and strong linkage disequilibrium (D' > 0.97) among all SNPs. All 10 SNPs were significantly associated with fat percentage (P CD4 plays a role in production traits as well as in immune function. The identified SNPs could be used as genetic markers for selection of dairy cows with improved fat percentage. We propose further studies of these SNPs in a larger population as well as further investigations of the function of this gene.