Adipocyte differentiation

C/EBPα gene as a genetic marker for beef quality improvement

C. Adoligbe, Huangfu, Y. F., Zan, L. S., and Wang, H., C/EBPα gene as a genetic marker for beef quality improvement, vol. 14, pp. 9370-9383, 2015.

Intramuscular fat (IMF) or intramuscular triglycerides are interspersed throughout the skeletal muscles. The IMF, also called marbling, imparts meat with flavor and juiciness and is one of the core criteria for judging carcass value. The quantity of IMF is influenced entirely by genetics. Recently, understanding the underlying genetic bases of IMF has been a focus particularly in the beef industry.

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