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Linkage disequilibrium and population structure characterization in the cutting and racing lines of Quarter Horses bred in Brazil

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Marchiori, Cintia Maria [1] ; Pereira, Guilherme L. [2] ; Maiorano, Amanda M. [1] ; Rogatto, Gabriel M. [2] ; Assoni, Amanda D. [2] ; Silva, Josineudson Augusto I. I. V. [2] ; Chardulo, Luis Artur L. [2] ; Curi, Rogerio A. [2]
Total Authors: 8
[1] Sao Paulo State Univ UNESP, Dept Anim Sci, Coll Agr & Vet Sci, Access Route Paulo Donato Castellane, BR-14884900 Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] Sao Paulo State Univ UNESP, Dept Anim Breeding & Nutr, Coll Vet & Anim Sci, BR-18618970 Botucatu, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: LIVESTOCK SCIENCE; v. 219, p. 45-51, JAN 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 4

Different selection goals in the Quarter Horse breed have led to the formation of lines. These lines have different skills such as working with cattle or running and differ in morphology, physiology and inbreeding. The aim of this study was to characterize the linkage disequilibrium (LD, r(2)) in the cutting and racing lines of Quarter Horses bred in Brazil using large-scale SNP genotyping. Additionally, the effective population size (N-e) of the two populations (lines) was determined, as well as their structure and relationships. A total of 428 Quarter Horses (both sexes) of the two lines (cutting: 68; racing: 360), registered in the Stud book of the Brazilian Association of Quarter Horse Breeders (ABQM), were used. The animals had blood collected in the Sorocaba Jockey Club (Sorocaba/SP) and in dozens rural properties across the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2011, 188 horses (cutting: 68; racing: 120) were genotyped using a 54k SNP chip. The remaining animals (n = 240) were genotyped in 2015 using a 65k SNP chip. The average genomic r(2) between marker pairs was 0.22 for the cutting line and 0.27 for the racing line. In the cutting line, the r(2) was less than 0.20 between 100 and 150 kb, while the same threshold (0.20) was found between 300 and 350 kb in the racing line. The N-e was 60 and 50 effective animals in the last generation of the cutting and racing line, respectively. The greater extent of LD and smaller N-e in the racing line may be explained by the structure of the population, which is more closed because of the more rigorous registration process and greater influence of the Thoroughbred breed on the formation of this line. The results point to marked differences between the lines of this breed. In addition, subpopulations were found in the racing line, which may be related to the formation of families descending from important sires. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/20207-1 - Genome-Wide Association Study and target resequencing in racing Quarter Horses
Grantee:Rogério Abdallah Curi
Support type: Regular Research Grants