Genomewide association of male reproductive traits in Aksaray Malakli dogs

İnanç M. E., Tekin K., Akkurt M. Y., Olğaç K. T., Yilmaz B., Çil B., ...More

REPRODUCTION IN DOMESTIC ANIMALS, vol.53, no.6, pp.1555-1562, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 53 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/rda.13302
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1555-1562
  • Keywords: GWAS analysis, Malakli dog, single nucleotide polymorphism, spermatological parameters, SEMEN QUALITY, GENETIC-PARAMETERS, SPERM QUALITY, AGE, DISEASE, FUTURE, BLOOD, CELL
  • Ankara University Affiliated: Yes


Male reproductive parameters are often used for the functional examination and evaluation of predicted genetic values for future aspects. However, these traits are relatively reliable until the measurable effects are expressed on desired traits. Therefore, we aimed to associate the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotype of the investigated characteristics and reproductive loci. A total of 46 male dogs are divided into three age groups (I <= 3 years, n = 19; II 4-6 years; n = 19, and III >= 7 years, n = 8). The testis, scrotum and body weight, libido sexualis and ejaculation time for each fraction were monitored as functional traits, while the pH, fractional semen volume, motility, concentration, and abnormal and dead spermatozoa rate were recorded as spermatological traits. The Affymetrix Canine 127 K SNP genotyping array v2 (Affymetrix Inc., California, USA) was used for SNP genotyping. In the primary results, the scrotal circumference was found to be higher in group II compared to other groups (p < 0.05) and the lowest total abnormal spermatozoa rate was found in group I (p < 0.05). The normal spermatozoa rate was found to be significantly above the threshold in relation to the SNP in chromosome 17. In conclusion, this study represents an exciting first step towards SNP association with dog semen spermatological parameters. Future studies might be undertaken to evaluate this SNP region for gene-knockout and expression analysis and for fine mapping to validate and/or discover the exact position of the effect region.