Biochemical Genetics

, Volume 19, Issue 9–10, pp 1023–1030 | Cite as

Genetic variation of milk proteins in mice

  • John E. Piletz
  • Roger E. Ganschow


A survey for qualitative and quantitative variation in milk proteins from 58 inbred strains of mice revealed two electrophoretic variants. One is in a whey acidic protein of milk of YBR mice and the other is in a curd protein of the Asian house mouse, Mus musculus castaneus. The whey acidic protein variant is shown to be under the control of a single Mendelian autosomal gene with alleles expressed in a codominant manner. This gene is designated Wap, is not identical to Eg, is not X linked, and is either unlinked or loosely linked to the coat color genes a and b.

Key words

milk mouse whey casein electrophoretic variant 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John E. Piletz
    • 1
  • Roger E. Ganschow
    • 1
  1. 1.The Children's Hospital Research Foundation and the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Cincinnati College of MedicineCincinnati

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