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Publication type: Diploma Thesis

Year: 2012

Author(s): Kreutzmann, Nina

Title: Untersuchung neu isolierter Y-chromosomaler DNA-Mikrosatelliten beim Pferd.

Other title: Analysis of equine Y-chromosomal DNA-microsatellites

Source: Diplomarbeit, Vet. Med. Univ. Wien, pp. 50.


Brem Gottfried

Burger Pamela

Vetmed Research Units:
Institute of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Unit of Reproductive Biology

Graduation date: 23.01.12

INTRODUCTION: The male specific region of the Y-chromosome is only paternally inherited, therefore Y-chromosomal polymorphisms are a useful tool to investigate paternal lineages. For domestic horses, in contrast to other domestic animals, only one Y-chromosomal polymorphism has been described so far. MATERIAL AND METHODS: By sequencing four equine Y-chromosomal BAC clones, eleven new microsatellites (Eca.YE2, Eca.YE3, Eca.YNO1, Eca.YNO2, Eca.YNO3, Eca.YNO4, Eca.YP10, Eca.YP11, Eca.YP12, Eca.YP13) were detected. The newly isolated microsatellites were tested to confirm their Y-chromosomal origin and their variability. Eighty-one male domestic horses from thirty different breeds and three male Przewalski’s horses were typed, three female domestic horses were used as controls. Eight microsatellites were confirmed to be Y-chromosomal. Variation was examined using fluorescence-labeled primers and capillary electrophoresis, amplifying the microsatellites in two 4-Plex PCRs. Artifacts occurred for Eca.YNO4, so a separate PCR to amplify this single marker was performed. To detect eventually existing sequence variations, High Resolution Melting (HRM) analysis of the eight microsatellites was performed in a smaller number of horses. RESULTS: Seven microsatellites could be amplified in all horse breeds, but the locus Eca.YNO4 did not produce legible genotypes in ten horses. No variation was detected between or within the horse breeds using DNA fragment size analysis. The haplotype of the Przewalski‘s horse differed from the domestic horse at one locus (Eca.YP13). The allele in all investigated domestic horses was 118 bp long, whereas the Przewalski’s horses showed a 114 bp allele. At the locus Eca.YP12 two alleles (104 bp, 100 bp) within the Przewalski‘s horse were detected. Using HRM analysis no variations were detected between the breeds as well. The length polymorphism between the Przewalski‘s horse and the domestic horses, shown in the DNA fragment size analysis, could not be detected by HRM analysis. DISCUSSION: Fourteen equine Y-chromosomal microsatellites are described so far, but only one Y-chromosomal polymorphism in the domestic horse was found. A possible cause for the monomorphy of the equine Y-chromsome is a strong sex bias in breeding. The polymorphism at the locus Eca.YP12 in the Przewalski’s horse shows, that at least two paternal lineages have survived until today, despite the genetic bottleneck the population have had undergone. Overall, only one Y-chromosomal haplotype in the European horse breeds was identified after the investigation of eight new microsatellites.

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