Data from: Profile of the Spleen Transcriptome in Beef Steers with Variation in Gain and Feed Intake
This study examines the spleen in beef steers, a major lymphatic organ near the digestive tract, to determine whether it was also influencing individual feed efficiency status through immune responses. A total of 1216 genes were identified as differentially expressed. Data suggests the splenic contribution to some of the underlying variation among gain and intake may be a result of immune function and stress response. In addition, some of the differences in immune response functions may be related to gene copy number.