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DI MASSO, Ricardo J.; SILVA, Patricia S.  and  FONT, María Teresa. Asymptotic weight and maturing rate in mice selected for body conformation. Genet. Mol. Biol. [online]. 2000, vol.23, n.2, pp.235-240. ISSN 1415-4757.

Growth patterns of four lines of mice selected for body conformation were analyzed with the logistic function, in order to provide baseline information about the relationship between asymptotic weight and maturing rate of body weight. Two lines were divergently selected favoring the phenotypic correlation between body weight and tail length (agonistic selection: CBi+, high body weight and long tail; CBi-, low body weight and short tail), whereas the other two lines were generated by a disruptive selection performed against the correlation between the aforementioned traits (antagonistic selection: CBi/C, high body weight and short tail; CBi/L, low body weight and long tail). The logistic parameters A (asymptotic weight) and k (maturing rate) behaved in CBi/C and CBi- mice and in CBi+ females as expected in terms of the negative genetic relationship between mature size and earliness of maturing. An altered growth pattern was found in CBi/L mice and in CBi+ males, because in the former genotype, selected for low body weight, the time taken to mature increased, whereas in the latter, selected for high body weight, there was a non-significant increase in the same trait. In accordance with the selective criterion, different sources of genetic variation for body weight could be exploited: one inversely associated with earliness of maturing (agonistic selection), and the other independent of maturing rate (antagonistic selection), showing that genetic variation of A is partly independent of k.

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