Evaluation of FABP2 as candidate gene for a fatty acid composition QTL in porcine chromosome 8

J Anim Breed Genet. 2009 Feb;126(1):52-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0388.2008.00754.x.


The objective of this work was to analyse the porcine Fatty acid binding protein 2, intestinal (FABP2) gene as a candidate gene for a fatty acid composition quantitative trait loci (QTL) previously described on porcine chromosome 8 in an Iberian by Landrace F(2) cross (IBMAP). Re-sequencing of the porcine FABP2 gene in three Iberian and eight Landrace parental animals resulted in the identification of three single-nucleotide polymorphisms, all of them localized in intron 1. The polymorphism FABP2:g.412T>C, localized in intron 1, and two additional microsatellites were genotyped in the IBMAP population in order to perform an association test of the FABP2 gene and to better define the QTL position previously described. Association analyses of the FABP2:g.412T>C with the fatty acid composition traits were not significant in simple association and marker-assisted association tests, suggesting that the FABP2 region sequenced is not responsible for the QTL. However, the addition of three new markers to the pedigree allowed us to define the S0144-SW61 marker interval as the most likely QTL position, facilitating the future study of other candidate genes for this QTL.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Chromosome Mapping / veterinary
  • Chromosomes, Mammalian / genetics*
  • DNA Primers / genetics
  • Fatty Acid-Binding Proteins / genetics*
  • Fatty Acids / genetics*
  • Microsatellite Repeats / genetics
  • Models, Genetic
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide / genetics
  • Quantitative Trait Loci*
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA / veterinary
  • Sus scrofa / genetics*


  • DNA Primers
  • Fatty Acid-Binding Proteins
  • Fatty Acids