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Wang W.,Yangzhou University | Wang W.,Key Laboratory for Animal Genetics | Zhang T.,Yangzhou University | Zhang T.,Key Laboratory for Animal Genetics | And 8 more authors.
Journal of Applied Genetics | Year: 2015

Newcastle disease (ND) and avian infectious bronchitis (IB) are contagious diseases of chickens. To identify genes associated with antibody levels against ND and IB, a genome-wide association study was performed using specific-locus amplified fragment sequencing (SLAF-seq) technology in Jinghai yellow chickens. This determined six single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that were associated with antibody levels against Newcastle disease virus (NDV): rsZ2494661, rsZ2494710, rs1211307701, rs1211307711, rs1218289310 and rs420701988. Of these, rsZ2494661 and rsZ2494710 reached the 5 % Bonferroni genome-wide significance level (5.5E-07) and they were both 134.7 kb downstream of the SETBP1 gene. The remaining four SNPs had ‘suggestive’ genome-wide significance levels (1.1E-05) and they were within or near the Plexin B1, LRRN1 and PDGFC genes. IB had two SNPs associated with antibody levels: rs149988433 and rs16170823; both reached chromosome-wide significance levels and they were near the USP7 and TRIM27 genes, respectively. Bioinformatics, GO annotation and pathway analysis indicated that five of these genes (Plexin B1, TRIM27, PDGFC, SETBP1 and USP7) may be important for the generation of protective antibodies against NDV and infectious bronchitis virus (IBV). This paves the way for further research on host immune responses against NDV. © 2015, Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan. Source


Genxi Z.,Yangzhou University | Genxi Z.,Key Laboratory for Animal Genetics | Ying T.,Yangzhou University | Ying T.,Key Laboratory for Animal Genetics | And 5 more authors.
Molecular Biology Reports | Year: 2014

In order to analyze the association of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the MyoG and Myf5 genes with chicken growth traits, PCR-SSCP approach was used to detect the (SNPs). The general linear model was used to analyze gene interaction and genetic effects between different genotypes and growth traits of the Jinghai yellow chicken. For the MyoG gene, three genotypes (AA, AB and BB) were detected in the Jinghai yellow chicken population. Gene sequencing revealed one mutation (T36C) in the genotype BB in comparison to the genotype AA. For the Myf5 gene, three genotypes (CC, CD and DD) were detected in the Jinghai yellow chicken population. Gene sequencing revealed one mutation (A1313G) in the genotype DD in comparison to the genotype CC. Gene interaction effect has significant influence on 6, 8-week-weight and 300-day-weight. The least square analysis showed that individuals with BB genotype of the MyoG gene had higher bodyweight at 2, 4, 10, 12, 14 and 16 weeks compared to individuals with AA and AB genotypes. Individuals with CD genotype of the Myf5 gene had higher birth weight than individuals with CC genotype (P < 0.05). The interactive genotype AB*DD performs well at 6, 8 weeks and 300 days bodyweight. The results suggested that SNPs of the MyoG and Myf5 genes had certain effects on growth traits of the Jinghai yellow chicken. © 2014, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. Source


Zhang T.,Yangzhou University | Zhang T.,Key Laboratory for Animal Genetics | Fan Q.C.,Yangzhou University | Fan Q.C.,Key Laboratory for Animal Genetics | And 7 more authors.
Genetics and Molecular Research | Year: 2015

Meat quality traits are very important in the poultry industry. To identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and candidate genes affecting meat quality traits, a genome-wide association study was performed using the Illumina chicken 60K SNP beadchip in Jinghai yellow chicken. Four meat quality traits were measured. Two SNPs reached 5% Bonferroni genome-wide significance (P < 1.8E-6) and 7 SNPs reached "suggestive" genome-wide significance (P < 3.59E-6) with meat quality. These SNPs were located nearby or in 7 candidate genes, including CBLN2, HPGDS, SETD2, and ANKRD46, among others. A total of 5650 haplotpyes were established and only 1 was found to be associated with fat content in leg muscle. These results indicate that the 9 SNPs and 7 genes are important candidate markers and may influence meat quality traits in chicken. © FUNPEC-RP. Source


Wang W.H.,Yichun University | Wang J.Y.,Yangzhou University | Zhang T.,Yangzhou University | Wang Y.,Jiangsu Jinghai Industry Poultry Group Co. | And 2 more authors.
Animal Genetics | Year: 2015

In this study, we performed a new genome-wide association study using SLAF-seq technology. A total of 19 single nucleotide polymorphism effects involving nine different SNP markers reached 5% Bonferroni-corrected genome-wide significance. In addition, a 5-Mb region spanning 72.9-77.9 Mb on GGA4, exhibiting many significant SNP effects, was identified. The LDB2 gene in this region had a very strong association with body weight. Another SNP on GGA1, located in the INTS6 gene, had the strongest association with late body weight (weeks 10-16). Some of the SNPs that reached suggestive significance level overlapped with previously reported quantitative trait locus regions. © 2015 Stichting International Foundation for Animal Genetics. Source

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