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Anim Biotechnol. 2012 Apr;23(2):101-13. doi: 10.1080/10495398.2011.650775.

Associations between bovine IGFBP2 polymorphisms with fertility, milk production, and metabolic status in UK dairy cows.

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Department of Veterinary Basic Sciences, Royal Veterinary College, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK.


Insulin-like growth factor binding protein-2 (IGFBP2) is a key regulator of IGF activity that has been associated with insulin resistance and obesity. In cows, IGFBP2 mRNA expression is differentially regulated according to nutritional status in different tissues including the liver, reproductive tract, and mammary gland. This study investigated associations between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in bovine IGFBP2 with fertility, milk production, and metabolic traits in Holstein-Friesian dairy cows. Fertility was assessed in heifers by measuring age at first service, age at first conception, and age at first calving. During the first and second lactation, the number of postpartum days for commencement of luteal activity (based on milk progesterone profiles), days to first service, days to conception, average milk production per day, 305-day milk yield, total milk yield, and total days in milk were recorded. Blood samples were taken at -1, +1, and +8 weeks relative to first and second calving for assessment of metabolic status (IGF1, insulin, beta-hydroxybutyrate, and glucose). Five novel SNPs were identified in IGFBP2, two of which had significant associations with fertility (age at conception in heifers and commencement of luteal activity) and 305-day milk yield in lactation 1. Trends of association were also observed with the peripartum metabolic status, in particular the glucose, insulin, and beta-hydroxybutyrate concentrations around second calving. These results indicate that IGFBP2 SNPs may influence tissue mobilization in dairy cows and may thus be of interest for marker assisted selection.

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