Grobet, L., Royo Martin, J. L., Poncelet, D., Pirottin, D., Brouwers, B., Riquet, J et al. A deletion in the bovine myostatin gene causes the double-muscled phenotype in cattle. Nature Genet, 17: 71-74

Department of Genetics, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liège, Belgium.
Nature Genetics (Impact Factor: 29.35). 10/1997; 17(1). DOI: 10.1038/ng0997-71
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An exceptional muscle development commonly referred to as 'double-muscled' (Fig. 1) has been seen in several cattle breeds and has attracted considerable attention from beef producers. Double-muscled animals are characterized by an increase in muscle mass of about 20%, due to general skeletal-muscle hyperplasia-that is, an increase in the number of muscle fibers rather than in their individual diameter. Although the hereditary nature of the double-muscled condition was recognized early on, the precise mode of inheritance has remained controversial; monogenic (domainant and recessive), oligogenic and polygenic models have been proposed. In the Belgian Blue cattle breed (BBCB), segregation analysis performed both in experimental crosses and in the outbred population suggested an autosomal recessive inheritance. This was confirmed when the muscular hypertrophy (mh) locus was mapped 3.1 cM from microsatellite TGLA44 on the centromeric end of bovine chromosome 2 (ref. 5). We used a positional candidate approach to demonstrate that a mutation in bovine MSTN, which encodes myostatin, a member of the TGF beta superfamily, is responsible for the double-muscled phenotype. We report an 11-bp deletion in the coding sequence for the bioactive carboxy-terminal domain of the protein causing the muscular hypertrophy observed in Belgian Blue cattle.

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    • "It is well known that skeletal muscle development is negatively regulated by myostatin (MSTN) gene, which is a member of the transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) family and is predominantly expressed and secreted by skeletal muscle cells. Mutations in the myostatin gene cause a hypertrophic phenotype have been widely reported in many species, including sheep 2, 3, cattle 4, 5, dog 6, mice 7, and human 8. Moreover, many evidences have showed that GDF8 mutant has redder muscle fibers with more intramuscular fat and faster growth than those of the indigenous sheep 3, 9. Texel sheep, a typical breed with "double muscle" due to a GDF8 mutation, are more muscular than those indigenous such as Ujumqin sheep 10. "
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    • "Myostatin is a member of the transforming growth factor (TGF)-β family which negatively regulates myogenesis at multiple levels [58,59]. Myostatin inhibits muscle growth and development via Smad dependent and independent pathways resulting in decreased protein synthesis and satellite cell proliferation [60,61]. "
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