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Evaluation of M307 of FUT1 gene as a genetic marker for disease resistance breeding of sutai pigs


Alpha (1,2) fucosyltransferase (FUT1) gene has been identified as a candidate gene for controlling the expression of the receptor for ETEC F18. The genetic variations in the position of M307 nucleotide in open reading frame of FUT1 have been proposed as a marker for selecting ETEC F18 resistant pigs. The polymorphisms of M307 in FUT1 of breeding base group for ETEC F18 resistance of Sutai pigs (Duroc × Meishan) was detected and their correlations to some immune indexes, growth and development ability, carcass traits and meat quality were also analyzed, which aimed to investigate feasibility of further breeding for diseases resistance based on M307 of FUT1 for Sutai pigs. After digested by Hin6 I, M307 of FUT1 gene could be divided into three kinds of genotypes, AA, AG, and GG. The frequencies were 0.235, 0.609, and 0.156, respectively. The results indicated that Sutai pigs with the AA genotype in M307 of FUT1 gene not only have relatively strong general disease resistance ability in piglets, but also have higher growth and development ability and stable carcass traits and meat quality. It is entirely feasible to raise the new strains of Sutai pigs resistant to Escherichia coli F18 based on genetic marker of the M307 position in FUT1gene.

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This study was supported by Genetically Modified Organisms Technology Major Project (2009ZX08006-004B), Science and Technology Supporting Project (agriculture) (BE2008364, BE2009330-2, BE2010371, and BE2010450) of Jiangsu Province and Suzhou city (SN201013).

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W. B. Bao and L. Ye contributed equally to this study.

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Bao, Wb., Ye, L., Zhu, J. et al. Evaluation of M307 of FUT1 gene as a genetic marker for disease resistance breeding of sutai pigs. Mol Biol Rep 39, 4223–4228 (2012).

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  • FUT1
  • Swine
  • Immune indexe
  • Production performance
  • Disease resistance breeding