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20. Associations between single nucleotide polymorphisms in multiple candidate genes and body weight in rabbits - Karim El-Sabrout and Sarah A. Aggag

Veterinary World, 10(1): 136-139



   doi: 10.14202/vetworld.2017.136-139


Karim El-Sabrout: Department of Poultry Production, Faculty of Agriculture, Aflaton St., El-Shatby, P.O. Box 21545, University of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt.

Sarah A. Aggag: Department of Genetics, Faculty of Agriculture, Aflaton St., El-Shatby, P.O. Box 21545, University of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt.


Received: 01-10-2016, Accepted: 29-12-2016, Published online: 30-01-2017


Corresponding author: Karim El-Sabrout, e-mail:

Citation: El-Sabrout K, Aggag SA (2017) Associations between single nucleotide polymorphisms in multiple candidate genes and body weight in rabbits, Veterinary World, 10(1): 136-139.

Aim: In this study, we examined parts of six growth genes (growth hormone [GH], melanocortin 4 receptor [MC4R], growth hormone receptor [GHR], phosphorglycerate mutase [PGAM], myostatin [MSTN], and fibroblast growth factor [FGF]) as specific primers for two rabbit lines (V-line, Alexandria) using nucleotide sequence analysis, to investigate association between detecting single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of these genes and body weight (BW) at market.

Materials and Methods: Each line kits were grouped into high and low weight rabbits to identify DNA markers useful for association studies with high BW. DNA from blood samples of each group was extracted to amplify the six growth genes. SNP technique was used to study the associate polymorphism in the six growth genes and marketing BW (at 63 days) in the two rabbit lines. The purified polymerase chain reaction products were sequenced in those had the highest and lowest BW in each line.

Results: Alignment of sequence data from each group revealed the following SNPs: At nucleotide 23 (A-C) and nucleotide 35 (T-G) in MC4R gene (sense mutation) of Alexandria and V-line high BW. Furthermore, we detected the following SNPs variation between the two lines: A SNP (T-C) at nucleotide 27 was identified by MC4R gene (sense mutation) and another one (A-C) at nucleotide 14 was identified by GHR gene (nonsense mutation) of Alexandria line. The results of individual BW at market (63 days) indicated that Alexandria rabbits had significantly higher BW compared with V-line rabbits. MC4R polymorphism showed significant association with high BW in rabbits.

Conclusion: The results of polymorphism demonstrate the possibility to detect an association between BW in rabbits and the efficiency of the used primers to predict through the genetic specificity using the SNP of MC4R.

Keywords: associated genes, body weight, prediction, rabbit, single nucleotide polymorphism.

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