Quantitative trait loci (QTL) for fatness traits were reported recently in an experimental Meishan × Large White and Landrace F2 cross. To further investigate the regions on pig Chr 2 (SSC2), SSC4, and SSC7, 25 additional markers from these regions were typed on 800 animals (619 F2 animals, their F1 parents, and F0 grandfathers). Compared with the published maps, a modified order of markers was observed for SSC4 and SSC7. QTL analyses were performed both within the half-sib families as well as across families (line cross). Furthermore, a QTL model accounting for imprinting effects was tested. Information content could be increased considerably on all three chromosomes. Evidence for the backfat thickness QTL on SSC7 was increased, and the location could be reduced to a 33-cM confidence interval. The QTL for intramuscular fat on SSC4 could not be detected in this half-sib analysis, whereas under the line cross model a suggestive QTL on a different position on SSC4 was detected. For SSC2, in the half-sib analysis, a suggestive QTL for backfat thickness was detected with the best position at 26 cM. Imprinting analysis, however, revealed a genome-wise, significant, paternally expressed QTL on SSC2 with the best position at 63 cM. Our results suggest that this QTL is different from the previously reported paternally expressed QTL for muscle mass and fat deposition on the distal tip of SSC2p.
Mammalian Genome – Springer Journals
Published: Feb 7, 2014
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