A functional regulatory variant of MYH3 influences muscle fiber-type composition and intramuscular fat content in pigs
Jin Seop, Ahn
Muscle development and lipid accumulation in muscle critically affect meat quality of livestock. However, the genetic factors underlying myofiber-type specification and intramuscular fat (IMF) accumulation remain to be elucidated. Using two independent intercrosses between Western commercial breeds and Korean native pigs (KNPs) and a joint linkage-linkage disequilibrium analysis, we identified a 488.1-kb region on porcine chromosome 12 that affects both reddish meat color (a*) and IMF. In this critical region, only the MYH3 gene, encoding myosin heavy chain 3, was found to be preferentially overexpressed in the skeletal muscle of KNPs. Subsequently, MYH3-transgenic mice demonstrated that this gene controls both myofiber-type specification and adipogenesis in skeletal muscle. We discovered a structural variant in the promotor/regulatory region of MYH3 for which Q allele carriers exhibited significantly higher values of a* and IMF than q allele carriers. Furthermore, chromatin immunoprecipitation and cotransfection assays showed that the structural variant in the 5′-flanking region of MYH3 abrogated the binding of the myogenic regulatory factors (MYF5, MYOD, MYOG, and MRF4). The allele distribution of MYH3 among pig populations worldwide indicated that the MYH3 Q allele is of Asian origin and likely predates domestication. In conclusion, we identified a functional regulatory sequence variant in porcine MYH3 that provides novel insights into the genetic basis of the regulation of myofiber type ratios and associated changes in IMF in pigs. The MYH3 variant can play an important role in improving pork quality in current breeding programs.
663/664 - Food and nutrition. Enology. Oils. Fat
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Cho, In-Cheol, Hee-Bok Park, Jin Seop Ahn, Sang-Hyun Han, Jae-Bong Lee, Hyun-Tae Lim, and Chae-Kyoung Yoo et al. 2019. "A Functional Regulatory Variant Of MYH3 Influences Muscle Fiber-Type Composition And Intramuscular Fat Content In Pigs". PLOS Genetics 15 (10): e1008279. Public Library of Science (PLoS). doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1008279.
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MINECO/Programa Estatal de I+D+I orientada a los retos de la sociedad/AGL2016-78709-R/ES/UTILIZACION DE SECUENCIAS COMPLETAS PARA LA MEJORA DE ESPECIES DOMESTICAS/
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