Agriculturae Conspectus Scientificus, Vol 84, No 3 (2019)

The Genetic Background of the Muscle Development of the Rabbit

Virág ÁCS, Zsolt GERENCSÉR, István NAGY

Pages: 231-237


Selection programs of hybrid rabbits and meat specific breeds are based on growing the amount of valuable meat parts of the carcass, making more profit to the breeder and extra amount of protein for customers. In this point of view,  it is essential to know the process of muscle development from embryonic to the postnatal phase, and the regulatory genes which are able to determine muscle growth. This review briefly summarizes the prenatal development of the muscle tissue, regarding myogenic regulating factors and the upstream regulation of myogenesis. In addition, there are some significant components of the postnatal phase which are not negligible in terms of muscle development. It is crucial to see the whole process and the latest steps of molecular genetics helping to increase the selection progress.


genetic regulation, muscle growth, myogenesis, rabbit selection

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