RNA-sequencing analysis of shell gland shows differences in gene expression profile at two time-points of eggshell formation in laying chickens
Background Eggshell formation takes place in the shell gland of the oviduct of laying hens. The eggshell is rich in calcium and various glycoproteins synthesised in the shell gland. Although studies have identified genes involved in eggshell formation, little is known about the regulation of genes in the shell gland particularly in a temporal manner. The current study investigated the global gene expression profile of the shell gland of laying hens at different time-points of eggshell formation using RNA-Sequencing (RNA-Seq) analysis.