Genetic diversity and efficiency of DNA microsatellites for genealogic control in Nelore breed

T.X. Carneiro E.C. Gonçalves M.P.C. Schneider A. Silva About the authors

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

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