Bayesian analysis of parent-specific transmission ratio distortion in seven Spanish beef cattle breeds

J. Casellas, J. J. Cañas-Álvarez, A. González-Rodríguez, A. Puig-Oliveras, M. Fina, J. Piedrafita, A. Molina, C. Díaz, J. A. Baró, L. Varona

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© 2016 Stichting International Foundation for Animal Genetics Transmission ratio distortion (TRD) is the departure from the expected Mendelian ratio in offspring, a poorly investigated biological phenomenon in livestock species. Given the current availability of specific parametric methods for the analysis of segregation data, this study focused on the screening of TRD in 602 402 single nucleotide polymorphisms covering all autosomal chromosomes in seven Spanish beef cattle breeds. On average, 0.13% (n = 786) and 0.01% (n = 29) of genetic markers evidenced sire- or dam-specific TRD respectively. There were no single nucleotide polymorphisms accounting for both sire- and dam-specific TRD at the same time, and only one marker (rs43147474) accounted for (sire-specific) TRD in all seven breeds. It must be noted that rs43147474 is located in the fourth intronic region of the GTP-binding protein 10 gene, and this locus has been previously linked to the maintenance of mitochondria and nucleolar architectures. Alternatively, other candidate genes surround this hot-spot for sire-specific TRD in the cattle genome, and they are related to embryonic and postnatal lethality as well as prostate cancer, among others. This research characterized the distribution of TRD in the bovine genome, highlighting heterogeneous results when comparing across breeds.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-96
JournalAnimal Genetics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017


  • Bayes factor
  • gametic competition
  • genome scan
  • GTP-binding protein
  • meiotic drive


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