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Variation in the Toll-like Receptor 4 (TLR4) gene affects milk traits in dairy cows

  • Huitong Zhou (a1), Long Cheng (a2), Hua Gong (a1), Seung O. Byun (a1), Grant R. Edwards (a1) and Jon G. H. Hickford (a1)...


The objective of this Research Communication was to use polymerase chain reaction-single stranded conformational polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) analysis to investigate a region of the bovine TLR4 gene (TLR4) in pasture-fed New Zealand (NZ) Holstein-Friesian × Jersey (HF × J) cross dairy cows and to determine whether gene variation was associated with milk production traits. Genetic variation was observed, with two variants (A and B) containing a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) (c.2021C/T) that was non-synonymous and putatively results in a p.Thr674Ile substitution in the transmembrane/cytoplasmic domain of TLR4. Variant A was associated with higher milk yields, but lower milk fat percentages, whereas B was associated with lower milk yields, but higher fat and protein percentages. Cows of genotype AA produced more milk than AB or BB cows, but the milk produced by AA cows contained less fat than AB or BB cows.


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Variation in the Toll-like Receptor 4 (TLR4) gene affects milk traits in dairy cows

  • Huitong Zhou (a1), Long Cheng (a2), Hua Gong (a1), Seung O. Byun (a1), Grant R. Edwards (a1) and Jon G. H. Hickford (a1)...


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