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This study was supported by the PIRINNOVI EFA103/15 project co-financed by FEDER within the POCTEFA framework, and the Research Group Funds of Aragon Government (A14_17R). The authors wish to thank UPRA-Grupo Pastores, the breeders' association, for the experimental samples.

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Calvo J.h. - Autor (correspondencia)
Iguacel L.p. - Autor o Coautor
Alabart J.l. - Autor o Coautor
Folch J. - Autor o Coautor
Lahoz B. - Autor o Coautor
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A new allele in the BMP15 gene (FecX(RA)) that affects prolificacy co-segregates with FecX(R) and FecX(GR) in Rasa aragonesa sheep

Publicado en:Theriogenology. 144 107-111 - 2020-03-01 144(), doi: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2020.01.010

Calvo J.h.; Iguacel L.p.; Alabart J.l.; Folch J.; Lahoz B.;

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ARAID, Zaragoza, Spain - Autor o Coautor
ARAID, Zaragoza, Spain. Electronic address: jhcalvo@aragon.es. - Autor o Coautor
Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria de Aragón - Entidad de origen
Departamento de Mejora Genética Animal, INIA, Madrid, Spain. - Autor o Coautor
FEDER within the POCTEFA framework - Financiador
Gobierno de Aragon Appeared in source as Aragon Government - Financiador
Grupo de investigación Sistemas AgroGanaderos Alimentarios Sostenibles (SAGAS). Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria de Aragón - Autor o Coautor
INIA, Dept Mejora Genet Anim, Madrid, Spain - Autor o Coautor
Instituto Agroalimentario de Aragón (IA2). Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria de Aragón - Autor o Coautor
Unidad de Producción y Sanidad Animal, Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria de Aragón (CITA)- Instituto Agroalimentario de Aragón (IA2) (CITA-Universidad de Zaragoza), Zaragoza, Spain - Autor o Coautor
Unidad de Producción y Sanidad Animal, Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria de Aragón (CITA)- Instituto Agroalimentario de Aragón (IA2) (CITA-Universidad de Zaragoza), Zaragoza, Spain. - Autor o Coautor
Univ Toulouse, GenPhySE, ENVT, INRA, Castanet Tolosan, France - Autor o Coautor
Univ Zaragoza, Unidad Prod & Sanidad Anim, Ctr Invest & Tecnol Agroalimentaria Aragon CITA, Inst Agroalimentario Aragon,CITA, Zaragoza, Spain - Autor o Coautor
Université de Toulouse, INRA, ENVT, GenPhySE, Castanet-Tolosan, France. - Autor o Coautor
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Resúmen: A FecX-mutated allele called FecX(R) in the BMP15 gene has been described in Rasa aragonesa sheep. FecX(R) causes increased prolificacy when heterozygous and sterility when homozygous in ewes. However, highly prolific ewes without the FecX(R) allele have been found in this breed. Therefore, a genome-wide association study (GWAS) was performed in 158 ewes (tail H: N = 73, mean prolificacy +/- standard deviation = 2.14 +/- 0.26; tail L: N = 85, mean prolificacy = 1.06 +/- 0.08) with the Ovine HD SNP BeadChip. In this analysis, the FecX(GR) allele was found to have genome-wide significance associated with prolificacy, first described in the Grivette sheep breed. We also identified a novel polymorphism in exon 2 of BMP15 in 9 high prolific ewes by Sanger sequencing. This new mutation, called FecX(RA), is a SNP (Oar3.1_X: g. 50970948C > T; NM_001114767.1: c.1172C > T) that produces an amino acid substitution (ENSOART00000010201: p.T400I) that is predicted to be deleterious and to alter the predicted secondary structure of the mature protein. To confirm if this SNP had any the effect on prolificacy, we genotyped sires with known EBVs (Estimated Breeding Values), finding one hemizygous sire for the FecX(RA) allele with the highest EBV in the breeding program (effect on litter size at + 0.39 lamb per lambing). A very low frequency, ranging from 0.13 to 2%, was found for the FecX(R) and FecX(RA) alleles in 3428 animals belonging to four different flocks. Finally, an association study was performed to validate and quantify the effects of the FecX(GR) and FecX(RA) alleles. Significant increased prolificacy of 0.52 +/- 0.05, 0.42 +/- 0.05 and 0.32 +/- 0.01 were found when comparing FecX(GR), FecX(RA) and FecX(R) heterozygous ewes to wild type homozygous ones. These effects are of the same order of magnitude as the effect of most of other known major genes for prolificacy. Only significant differences between FecX(GR) and FecX(R) were found among the three alleles associated with increased prolificacy. However, we cannot confirm the effect of the FecX(RA) allele at homozygous state because we did not find any homozygous ewes. These results confirm that these three alleles in the BMP15 gene that affect prolificacy co-segregate in Rasa aragonesa sheep. (C) 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Palabras clave: Bmp15; Fecx gr; Fecx r; Fecx ra; Fecx(gr); Fecx(r); Fecx(ra); Ib; Increased ovulation rate; Mutation; Prolificacy; Protein 15 gene; Rasa aragonesa; Sheep; Sterility

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