The g.841G>C SNP of FASN gene is associated with fatty acid composition in beef cattle

Kiri Hayakawa, Takayuki Sakamoto, Atsushi Ishii, Keita Yamaji, Yoshinobu Uemoto, Nanae Sasago, Eiji Kobayashi, Naohiko Kobayashi, Tamako Matsuhashi, Shin Maruyama, Hirokazu Matsumoto, Kenji Oyama, Hideyuki Mannen, Shinji Sasazaki

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The objective of the current study is to evaluate the association between fatty acid composition and fatty acid synthase gene polymorphisms as responsible mutations. For this purpose, we selected seven previously reported single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in FASN gene, including one within promoter region (g.841G>C) and six non-synonymous SNPs (g.8805C>T, g.13126C>T, g.15532A>C, g.16024A>G, g.16039C>T, g.17924A>G), and genotyped them in Japanese Black cattle. Genotyping results revealed that g.8805 C>T and g.17924 A>G were monomorphic loci. Genome-wide association analysis including the other five SNPs revealed that only g.841G>C showed significant associations with the percentages of C14:0, C14:1, C16:1 and C18:1 at 5% genome-wide significance level. In order to further evaluate the effect, we genotyped g.841G>C using additional three populations, including two Japanese Black populations and a Holstein cattle population. g.16024A>G was also genotyped and included in the analysis because it has been reported to be associated with fatty acid composition in Japanese Black cattle. In the result of analysis of variance, g.841G>C showed stronger effects on fatty acid percentage than those of g.16024A>G in all populations. These results suggested that g.841G>C would be a responsible mutation for fatty acid composition and contribute to production of high-grade beef as a selection marker in beef cattle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)737-746
Number of pages10
JournalAnimal Science Journal
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Aug 1


  • FASN
  • Fatty acid composition
  • GWAS
  • Holstein
  • Japanese Black cattle


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