Differential expression and genetic variation of hepatic messenger RNAs from genetically lean and fat chickens

ArticleinGene 299(1-2):235-43 · November 2002with4 Reads
Impact Factor: 2.14 · DOI: 10.1016/S0378-1119(02)01077-6 · Source: PubMed


    Although excessive adiposity has become a major drawback in meat type chicken production, few of the genes involved in this process have been characterized so far. In order to identify putative genes involved in adiposity, we performed differential display analysis of RNAs extracted from the liver of divergently selected lean and fat chickens. Twenty-six differential products were selected and purified by single strand conformation polymorphism gel electrophoresis before sequencing and Northern blot analyses. An orthologous sequence of a mammalian cytochrome P450 2C subfamily member was proven to be differentially expressed in the liver of lean and fat chickens and could play an important role in the regulation of adiposity. In mammals, these genes are involved in detoxification of xenobiotics and metabolism of some important biological compounds. Four other genes were found differentially expressed to a lower extent. Some unidentified products were shown to be lean or fat specific, with sequence polymorphism and liver specific expression, strongly suggesting that the related gene could be directly involved in adiposity. Our data indicate that differential display can evidence genes with differential expression and with sequence polymorphism, making this strategy more accurate for differential analysis of messenger RNAs.