GEPHE SUMMARY Print
Bos bovis; Bos primigenius taurus; cattle; bovine; cow; dairy cow; domestic cattle; domestic cow; Bos taurus Linnaeus, 1758; Bos Tauurus
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NCBI Taxonomy ID
is Taxon A an Infraspecies?
NCBI Taxonomy ID
is Taxon B an Infraspecies?
Taxon B Description
Bos taurus - Piedmontese - Gasconne
Generic Gene Name
Belongs to the TGF-beta family.
GO - Molecular Function
GO:0042802 : identical protein binding ... show more
GO - Biological Process
GO - Cellular Component
GO:0005737 : cytoplasm ... show more
SNP Coding Change
Molecular Details of the Mutation
C313Y caused by G938A; disrupts disulphide bond
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McPherron AC; Lee SJ
Myostatin (GDF-8) is a member of the transforming growth factor beta superfamily of secreted growth and differentiation factors that is essential for proper regulation of skeletal muscle mass in mice. Here we report the myostatin sequences of nine other vertebrate species and the identification of mutations in the coding sequence of bovine myostatin in two breeds of double-muscled cattle, Belgian Blue and Piedmontese, which are known to have an increase in muscle mass relative to conventional cattle. The Belgian Blue myostatin sequence contains an 11-nucleotide deletion in the third exon which causes a frameshift that eliminates virtually all of the mature, active region of the molecule. The Piedmontese myostatin sequence contains a missense mutation in exon 3, resulting in a substitution of tyrosine for an invariant cysteine in the mature region of the protein. The similarity in phenotypes of double-muscled cattle and myostatin null mice suggests that myostatin performs the same biological function in these two species and is a potentially useful target for genetic manipulation in other farm animals.
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