The genetic variability and paternity testing values in Nelore breed were estimated using 11 ISAG/FAO microsatellites. The markers were organized into 4 amplification groups for semi-automated fluorescence genotyping. All markers were highly polymorphic, with an average of 8.2 alleles per locus. With a mean value of 0.48, the observed heterozygosity was lower than the expected for 10 of the loci. A significant deficit of heterozygotes was observed for 9 loci, resulting in a lack of Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium in the studied population. Polymorphism information content values exceeded 0.5 for 10 loci. The power of discrimination was >0.999 and paternity exclusion probabilities when a mother, her offspring and a putative sire are compared or when one or other parental genotype is unavailable for the combined set of markers were, respectively, >0.999 and >0.989. The set of 11 microsatellite markers proved to be an efficient tool for paternity testing in Nelore cattle.
cattle; Nelore; microsatellite; genetic variation; paternity testing