The signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) genes are responsive to a wide range of cytokines, growth factors, and hormones, and thus control important biological processes. In humans, STAT4 mutations have been identified as genetic markers for rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and primary Sjögren’s syndrome, whereas little research has been conducted on bovine STAT4 mutations and their potential effects.
Chinese Holstein cow
Prolactin (PRL) plays central roles in mammals’ reproduction, gland development, milk secretion, and the expression of milk protein genes. In dairy cattle, the PRL gene is a potential quantitative trait locus and genetic marker related to milk performance traits. Here, a total of 586 randomly selected Chinese Holstein cows were genotyped for locus PRL-RsaI. One haplotype block containing eight SNPs was identified in the region from intron 3 to intron 4 of the PRL gene in Chinese Holstein cows.