Table6_Identification of SSTR5 Gene Polymorphisms and Their Association With Growth Traits in Hulun Buir Sheep.DOCX (226.21 kB)
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posted on 26.04.2022, 04:17 authored by Xue Li, Ning Ding, Zhichao Zhang, Dehong Tian, Buying Han, Dehui Liu, Sijia Liu, Fei Tian, Dejun Fu, Xiaoliang Song, Kai Zhao

The aim of this study was to locate SSTR5 polymorphisms and evaluate their association with growth traits in Hulun Buir sheep. The study followed up 884 Hulun Buir sheep from birth to 16 months of age, which were born in the same pasture and the same year, and a consistent grazing management strategy was maintained. The birth weight (BRW) was recorded at birth, and body weight (BW), body height (BH), body length (BL), chest circumference (ChC), chest depth (ChD), chest width (ChW), hip width (HW), and cannon circumference (CaC) were measured at 4 and 9 months of age. BW, BH, BL, ChD, HW, and CaC were also recorded at 16 months of age. Based on the growth traits, 233 sheep were selected as experimental animals. Sanger sequencing was performed, and seven single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were identified. Association analyses of the SNPs and the growth traits were then conducted. Seven SNPs of the SSTR5 exhibited moderate polymorphism (0.25p<0.05). These genotypes also showed extremely significant association with CaC at 4 months of age (p<0.01). The genotypes of SNP7 exhibited a significant association with ChW and CaC at 4 and 9 months of age, respectively. Moreover, the genotypes of SNP3 (T384C, rs413380618)) and SNP4 (T537C, rs605867745) were significantly associated with CaC at 9 months of age (p<0.05). Linkage disequilibrium was observed among the seven SNPs with five haplotypes. However, these haplotypes were not associated with growth traits at different ages. In conclusion, SNP1, SNP3, SNP4, and SNP7 may serve as molecular markers for the growth traits of Hulun Buir sheep.

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