Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were screened in FABP3 and FABP4 by automatic sequencing of pools of DNA from crossbred animals whose phenotypes belonged to the upper and lower extremes for back fat and marbling, as well as of a pool of DNA from sires used for crossbreeding. Five SNPs were identified in FABP3 and another nine SNPs were identified in FAPB4. Of these, only one SNP had no previous registry in the SNAP database (dbSNP).
Backfat thickness (BFT) and ribeye area (REA) are important production traits but, because they are measured late in the animal’s life, they have not been efficiently included in breeding programs. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) mapped to the leptin, PPARGC1A, PSMC1, CRH, and FABP4 genes, which influence BFT and REA in Canchim cattle, a composite beef breed (5/8 Charolais + 3/8 Zebu). BFT and REA phenotypic records were obtained by ultrasound measurements from 18-month-old animals.