Design and development of exome capture sequencing for the domestic pig (Sus scrofa)

Christelle Robert, Pablo Fuentes Utrilla, Karen Troup, Julia Loecherbach, Frances Turner, Richard Talbot, Alan L Archibald, Alan Mileham, Nader Deeb, David A Hume, Mick Watson

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BACKGROUND: The domestic pig (Sus scrofa) is both an important livestock species and a model for biomedical research. Exome sequencing has accelerated identification of protein-coding variants underlying phenotypic traits in human and mouse. We aimed to develop and validate a similar resource for the pig.

RESULTS: We developed probe sets to capture pig exonic sequences based upon the current Ensembl pig gene annotation supplemented with mapped expressed sequence tags (ESTs) and demonstrated proof-of-principle capture and sequencing of the pig exome in 96 pigs, encompassing 24 capture experiments. For most of the samples at least 10x sequence coverage was achieved for more than 90% of the target bases. Bioinformatic analysis of the data revealed over 236,000 high confidence predicted SNPs and over 28,000 predicted indels.

CONCLUSIONS: We have achieved coverage statistics similar to those seen with commercially available human and mouse exome kits. Exome capture in pigs provides tool to identify coding region variation associated with production traits, including loss of function mutations which may explain embryonic and neonatal losses, and to improve genomic assemblies in the vicinity of protein coding genes in the pig.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)550
JournalBMC Genomics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2014


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