Cross-sectional imaging assisted selection for heart performance in pigs

Romvári, Róbert and Szabó, András and Andrássy, Gabriella and Petrási, Zsolt and Donkó, Tamás and Horn, Péter (2008) Cross-sectional imaging assisted selection for heart performance in pigs. Acta Veterinaria Hungarica, 56 (3). pp. 313-322. ISSN 0236-6290

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A two-way selection procedure was performed on a Landrace pig line. First the cardiac output (CO) values (6.89 ± 1.27 L/min) were estimated by ECG-gated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to quantify the heart performance of the boars (n = 30), then total body skeletal muscle volume (MVTB; 48.7 ± 5.17 dm3) was determined applying spiral computerised tomography (CT). The relative cardiac output value (RCO) was developed, expressing the relationship between CO and MVTB. Four superior [RCO value below 6.7 dm3 / (L *min−1)] and one minus variant [(8.97 dm3/ (L *min−1)] boars were taken into breeding. The best fifteen percentage of the first generation males (n = 30) was characterised according to their RCO values. Significant difference was found between the developed performance measure of the progenies of minus and plus variant boars [8.2 ± 0.65 and 5.63 ± 0.70 dm3/ (L * min−1), n = 7 and 23], respectively. Comparing the existing five progeny groups, all of the ‘HP+’ groups differed significantly from the ‘HP-’ one, where the largest heart performance contrast found was 3.2 dm3/ (L *min−1). Based upon the results, the selection is being continued on a larger population.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: S Agriculture / mezőgazdaság > SV Veterinary science / állatorvostudomány
Depositing User: xKatalin xBarta
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2017 13:23
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