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We reasoned that extreme variants in gene expression could be identified by analysis of inbred progeny with shared grandparents. Commercial chickens have been intensively selected for production traits. Selection is associated with large blocks of linkage disequilibrium with considerable potential for co-selection of closely linked “hitch-hiker alleles” affecting traits unrelated to the feature being selected, such as immune function, with potential impact on the productivity and welfare of the animals. To test this hypothesis we sequenced a founder population of commercial broiler and layer birds. These birds clearly segregated genetically based upon breed type. Each genome contained numerous candidate null mutations, protein-coding variants predicted to be deleterious and extensive non-coding polymorphism. We mated selected broiler-layer pairs then generated cohorts of F2 birds by sibling mating of the F1 generation. Despite the predicted prevalence of deleterious coding variation in the genomic sequence of the founders clear detrimental impacts of inbreeding on survival and post-hatch development were detected in only one F2 sibship of fifteen. There was no effect on circulating leukocyte populations in hatchlings. In selected F2 sibships we performed RNAseq analysis of the spleen and isolated bone marrow-derived macrophages (with and without lipopolysaccharide stimulation). The results confirm the predicted emergence of very large differences in expression of individual genes and sets of genes. Network analysis of the results identified clusters of co-expressed genes that vary between individuals and suggested the existence of trans-acting variation in the expression of the interferon response factor (IRF) family that distinguishes the parental broiler and layer birds. This study shows that the impact of inbreeding can be substantial at the transcriptional level, and potentially opens a route to accelerate selection using specific alleles known to be associated with desirable expression levels
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Hume, D., Sang, H. & Vervelde, L.
22/06/15 → 21/06/18
Variant discovery from whole genome sequence data from a commercial broiler line and a CSFIR- mApple reporter transgenic layer line
Freem, L. (Creator), Summers, K. (Creator), Gheyas, A. (Creator), Psifidi, A. (Creator), Boulton, K. (Creator), MacCallum, A. (Creator), O’Dell, J. (Creator), Bush, S. (Creator) & Hume, D. (Creator), Edinburgh DataShare, 6 Sept 2019