Comparative Transcriptome And Histological Analyses Provide Insights Into The Skin Pigmentation In Minxian Black Fur Sheep (Ovis Aries)
Minxian black fur (MBF) sheep are found in the northwestern parts of China. These sheep have developed several special traits. Skin color is a phenotype subject to strong natural selection and diverse skin colors are likely a consequence of differences in gene regulation.
Skin structure, color differences, and gene expression (determined by RNA sequencing) were evaluated the Minxian black fur and Small-tail Han sheep (
Small-tail Han sheep have a thicker skin and dermis than the Minxian black fur sheep (