A polymorphism within the equine CRISP3 gene is associated with stallion fertility in Hanoverian warmblood horses

Hamann, H; Jude, R; Sieme, H; Mertens, U; Töpfer-Petersen, E; Distl, O; Leeb, Tosso (2007). A polymorphism within the equine CRISP3 gene is associated with stallion fertility in Hanoverian warmblood horses. Animal genetics, 38(3), pp. 259-64. Oxford: Blackwell 10.1111/j.1365-2052.2007.01594.x

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Fertility of stallions is of high economic importance, especially for large breeding organisations and studs. Breeding schemes with respect to fertility traits and selection of stallions at an early stage may be improved by including molecular genetic markers associated with traits. The genes coding for equine cysteine-rich secretory proteins (CRISPs) are promising candidate genes because previous studies have shown that CRISPs play a role in the fertilising ability of male animals. We have previously characterised the three equine CRISP genes and identified a non-synonymous polymorphism in the CRISP1 gene. In this study, we report one non-synonymous polymorphism in the CRISP2 gene and four non-synonymous polymorphisms in the CRISP3 gene. All six CRISP polymorphisms were genotyped in 107 Hanoverian breeding stallions. Insemination records of stallions were used to analyse the association between CRISP polymorphisms and fertility traits. Three statistical models were used to evaluate the influence of single mutations, genotypes and haplotypes of the polymorphisms. The CRISP3 AJ459965:c.+622G>A SNP leading to the amino acid substitution E208K was significantly associated with the fertility of stallions. Stallions heterozygous for the CRISP3 c.+622G>A SNP had lower fertility than homozygous stallions (P = 0.0234). The pregnancy rate per cycle in these stallions was estimated to be approximately 7% lower than in stallions homozygous at this position.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Institute of Genetics

UniBE Contributor:

Leeb, Tosso

Subjects:

500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

0268-9146

Publisher:

Blackwell

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:52

Last Modified:

16 Feb 2015 08:09

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/j.1365-2052.2007.01594.x

PubMed ID:

17433013

Web of Science ID:

000247109500011

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/22145 (FactScience: 32035)

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