Articles | Volume 62, issue 2
Arch. Anim. Breed., 62, 547–555, 2019
Arch. Anim. Breed., 62, 547–555, 2019
Short communication
18 Sep 2019
Short communication | 18 Sep 2019

The effect of polymorphism in the FADS2 gene on the fatty acid composition of bovine milk

Witold Stanisław Proskura et al.

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Short summary
Polyunsaturated fatty acids play an important role in a wide variety of physiological processes. They are produced by a series of chemical reactions. One of the enzymes converting such acids is a delta 6 desaturase encoded by the FADS2 gene. Therefore, we aimed to determine possible associations between the polymorphism in this gene and milk fatty acid composition in dairy cattle. An identified substitution could be used as a potential genetic marker for fatty acid composition in bovine milk.