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This study was partially financed by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities of Spain research project INIA-RTA2015-00090, the Research Group Funds of the Aragon Government (Grupo SAGAS Ref. A14_17R) and is co-financed by FEDER. K. Lakhssassi is supported by a doctoral grant from the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities of Spain (BES-2017-080154).

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Lakhssassi K. - Autor o Coautor
Lahoz, Belén - Autor o Coautor
Pilar Iguacel, Laura - Autor o Coautor
Folch, Jose - Autor o Coautor
Alabart J.l. - Autor o Coautor
Hugo Calvo, Jorge - Autor (correspondencia)
Publicaciones > Artículo

The LEPR Gene Is Associated with Reproductive Seasonality Traits in Rasa Aragonesa Sheep

Publicado en:Animals. 10 (12): 1-15 - 2020-01-01 10(12), doi: 10.3390/ani10122448

Lakhssassi K.; Lahoz, Belén; Pilar Iguacel, Laura; Folch, Jose; Alabart J.l.; Hugo Calvo, Jorge;


ARAID, Zaragoza 50018, Spain - Autor o Coautor
Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria de Aragón - Entidad de origen
Dept Mejora Genet Anim INIA, Madrid 28040, Spain - Autor o Coautor
European Union (EU) Appeared in source as FEDER - Financiador
Grupo de investigación Sistemas AgroGanaderos Alimentarios Sostenibles (SAGAS). Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria de Aragón - Autor o Coautor
Instituto Agroalimentario de Aragón (IA2). Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria de Aragón - Autor o Coautor
Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities of Spain - Financiador
Research Group Funds of the Aragon Government (Grupo SAGAS) - Financiador
Zaragoza Univ, Ctr Invest & Tecnol Agroalimentaria Aragon, Inst Agroalimentario Aragon IA2, CITA, Zaragoza 50059, Spain - Autor o Coautor
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Resúmen: Simple Summary Seasonality of reproduction is one of the limiting factor of sheep production, with the leptin receptor (LEPR) gene associated with some reproductive traits in different species. Thereby, we searched for polymorphisms in the ovine LEPR gene and associated them with three reproductive seasonality traits: the total days of anoestrous (TDA) and the progesterone cycling months (P4CM), both based on blood progesterone level and related to seasonal ovarian function; and the oestrous cycling months (OCM) as an indicator of oestrous behaviour. Two non-synonymous and non-linked single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the LEPR gene were involved in the OCM trait (rs403578195 and rs405459906). These findings show for the first time the involvement of LEPR gene in seasonality reproduction in sheep and will help to improve genetic selection programs by implementing the genotyping of reproducers, which might increase the productivity of meat sheep. The aim of this study was to characterize and identify causative polymorphisms in the leptin receptor (LEPR) gene responsible for the seasonal variation of reproductive traits in sheep. Three reproductive seasonality traits were studied: the total days of anoestrous (TDA), the progesterone cycling months (P4CM) and the oestrous cycling months (OCM). In total, 18 SNPs were detected in 33 ewes with extreme values for TDA and OCM. Six SNPs were non-synonymous substitutions and two of them were predicted in silico as deleterious: rs596133197 and rs403578195. These polymorphisms were then validated in 239 ewes. The SNP rs403578195, located in exon 8 and leading to a change of alanine to glycine (Ala284Gly) in the extracellular domain of the protein, was associated with the OCM trait, being the G allele associated with a decrease of 12 percent of the OCM trait. Haplotype analyses also suggested the involvement of other non-synonymous SNP located in exon 20 (rs405459906). This SNP also produces an amino acid change (Lys1069Glu) in the intracellular domain of the protein and segregates independently of rs403578195. These results confirm for the first time the role of the LEPR gene in sheep reproductive seasonality.

Palabras clave: haplotype; leptin receptor; rasa aragonesa; snp; 1a mtnr1a gene; Allele specific polymerase chain reaction; Amino acid substitution; Animal experiment; Article; Body constitution; Computer model; Dna flanking region; Estrus cycle; Expression; Gene; Gene frequency; Gene linkage disequilibrium; Genetic selection; Genomic dna; Genotype; Haplotype; Lepr gene; Leptin receptor; Leptin-receptor gene; Liveweight gain; Melatonin; Messenger-rna; Nonhuman; Ovary function; Polimorfismo genético; Polymerase chain reaction; Polymorphism; Progesterone; Rasa aragonesa; Rasa aragonesa sheep; Razas de ovinos; Reproducción animal; Reproduction; Reproductive seasonality; Sanger sequencing; Sarda ewes; Seasonal variation; Secretion; Sequence alignment; Single nucleotide polymorphism; Snp

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