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Application of AFLP markers for QTL mapping in the rabbit.

Two rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) inbred strains (AX/JU and IIIVO/JU) have been used for genetic analysis of quantitative traits related to dietary cholesterol susceptibility. Application of the AFLP (amplified fragment length polymorphism) technique with 15 primer combinations revealed 226 polymorphisms between the 2 inbred strains. A total of 57 animals from a backcross progeny (IIIVO/JU x [IIIVO/JU x AX/JU]F1) were available for the genetic analysis. These backcross animals were fed a commercial pelleted diet fortified with 0.3% w/w cholesterol during a test period that lasted five weeks. A male genetic map could be constructed, consisting of 12 linkage groups and 103 AFLP markers. Linkage analysis between the cholesterol-related traits and marker loci revealed a significant LOD score for the relative weight of adrenal glands in males (LOD score = 3.83), whereas suggestive linkages were found for basal serum total cholesterol levels in females (LOD score = 2.69), for serum total cholesterol response (area under the curve) in males (LOD score = 2.21), and for hematocrit in males (LOD score = 3.24).[1]


  1. Application of AFLP markers for QTL mapping in the rabbit. van Haeringen, W.A., Den Bieman, M.G., Lankhorst, A.E., van Lith, H.A., van Zutphen, L.F. Genome (2002) [Pubmed]
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