SNPs for parentage testing and traceability in globally diverse breeds of sheep

Heaton, Michael P.; Leymaster, Kreg A.; Kalbfleisch, Theodore S.; Kijas, James W.; Clarke, Shannon M.; McEwan, John.; Maddox, Jillian F.; Basnayake, Veronica; Petrik, Dustin T.; Simpson, Barry; Smith, Timothy P. L.; Chitko-McKown, Carol G.; Drögemüller, Cord; The International Sheep Genomics Consortium, ISGC (2014). SNPs for parentage testing and traceability in globally diverse breeds of sheep. PLoS ONE, 9(4), e94851. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0094851

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DNA-based parentage determination accelerates genetic improvement in sheep by increasing pedigree accuracy. Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers can be used for determining parentage and to provide unique molecular identifiers for tracing sheep products to their source. However, the utility of a particular "parentage SNP" varies by breed depending on its minor allele frequency (MAF) and its sequence context. Our aims were to identify parentage SNPs with exceptional qualities for use in globally diverse breeds and to develop a subset for use in North American sheep. Starting with genotypes from 2,915 sheep and 74 breed groups provided by the International Sheep Genomics Consortium (ISGC), we analyzed 47,693 autosomal SNPs by multiple criteria and selected 163 with desirable properties for parentage testing. On average, each of the 163 SNPs was highly informative (MAF≥0.3) in 48±5 breed groups. Nearby polymorphisms that could otherwise confound genetic testing were identified by whole genome and Sanger sequencing of 166 sheep from 54 breed groups. A genetic test with 109 of the 163 parentage SNPs was developed for matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The scoring rates and accuracies for these 109 SNPs were greater than 99% in a panel of North American sheep. In a blinded set of 96 families (sire, dam, and non-identical twin lambs), each parent of every lamb was identified without using the other parent's genotype. In 74 ISGC breed groups, the median estimates for probability of a coincidental match between two animals (PI), and the fraction of potential adults excluded from parentage (PE) were 1.1×10(-39) and 0.999987, respectively, for the 109 SNPs combined. The availability of a well-characterized set of 163 parentage SNPs facilitates the development of high-throughput genetic technologies for implementing accurate and economical parentage testing and traceability in many of the world's sheep breeds.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Drögemüller, Cord

Subjects:

500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1932-6203

Publisher:

Public Library of Science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Tosso Leeb

Date Deposited:

29 Jan 2015 14:46

Last Modified:

29 Jan 2015 22:55

Publisher DOI:

10.1371/journal.pone.0094851

PubMed ID:

24740156

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.62456

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/62456

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