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標題: A novel molecular genetic marker for gender determination of pigeons
作者: Horng, Y.M.
Wu, C.P.
Wang, Y.C.
Huang, M.C.
關鍵字: PCR;gender determination;pigeons;RAPD;female-specific DNA marker;dna-sequences;identification;sex;pcr;polymorphisms;birds;pigs
Project: Theriogenology
期刊/報告no:: Theriogenology, Volume 65, Issue 9, Page(s) 1759-1768.
The absence of conspicuous sexual dimorphism in pigeons often makes it difficult to determine their sex on the basis of external morphology. We identified a novel female-specific DNA marker in pigeons, presenting the possibility of pigeon gender determination using a PCR-based method. One-hundred and twenty random primers were used for RAPD fingerprinting in order to find any sex-specific fragments in pigeons. One of these primers, OPC-20, produced a female-specific band in the DNA fingerprints. This DNA fragment was isolated from the gel and inserted into a vector for nucleotide sequencing. A novel female-specific 732 bp sequence was obtained. A pair of primers (DoveOPC20F & R) was designed, based on the cloned sequence, for amplifying the female-specific band by PCR for pigeon gender determination. Sex-specific bands in the gel were observed in all females but not in males. The PCR products in the gel were then transferred onto nylon membranes and hybridized with a DIG-labeled probe of the cloned female-specific DNA fragment. Clear hybridization signals were found only in all of the female pigeons; the same result was obtained from dot blot hybridization. This demonstrates that the sex of pigeons can be accurately and rapidly identified by PCR. (c) 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 0093-691X
DOI: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2005.10.011
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