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Differential Expression of ß-Lactoglobulin Alleles A and B in Dairy Cattle

  • R. J. Wilkins
  • H. W. Davey
  • T. T. Wheeler
  • C. A. Ford

Abstract

Two allelic variants of the whey protein ß-lactoglobulin gene are commonly found in dairy cattle. Interestingly, some 20 to 40% more of the A than the B variant protein is produced in milk. We report here our efforts to elucidate the basic molecular mechanisms responsible for the differential expression of the two ß-lactoglobulin alleles.

Keywords

Whey Protein Dairy Cattle Variant Protein Bulk Milk Basic Molecular Mechanism 
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References

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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. J. Wilkins
    • 1
    • 2
  • H. W. Davey
    • 1
  • T. T. Wheeler
    • 1
  • C. A. Ford
    • 2
  1. 1.AgResearch, Ruakura Agricultural CentreHamiltonNew Zealand
  2. 2.Centre for Research in Animal BiologyUniversity of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand

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