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      Genomic Prediction of Resistance to Pasteurellosis in Gilthead Sea Bream ( Sparus aurata) Using 2b-RAD Sequencing

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          Gilthead sea bream ( Sparus aurata) is a species of paramount importance to the Mediterranean aquaculture industry, with an annual production exceeding 140,000 metric tons. Pasteurellosis due to the Gram-negative bacterium Photobacterium damselae subsp. piscicida (Phdp) causes significant mortality, especially during larval and juvenile stages, and poses a serious threat to bream production. Selective breeding for improved resistance to pasteurellosis is a promising avenue for disease control, and the use of genetic markers to predict breeding values can improve the accuracy of selection, and allow accurate calculation of estimated breeding values of nonchallenged animals. In the current study, a population of 825 sea bream juveniles, originating from a factorial cross between 67 broodfish (32 sires, 35 dams), were challenged by 30 min immersion with 1 × 10 5 CFU virulent Phdp. Mortalities and survivors were recorded and sampled for genotyping by sequencing. The restriction-site associated DNA sequencing approach, 2b-RAD, was used to generate genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotypes for all samples. A high-density linkage map containing 12,085 SNPs grouped into 24 linkage groups (consistent with the karyotype) was constructed. The heritability of surviving days (censored data) was 0.22 (95% highest density interval: 0.11–0.36) and 0.28 (95% highest density interval: 0.17–0.4) using the pedigree and the genomic relationship matrix respectively. A genome-wide association study did not reveal individual SNPs significantly associated with resistance at a genome-wide significance level. Genomic prediction approaches were tested to investigate the potential of the SNPs obtained by 2b-RAD for estimating breeding values for resistance. The accuracy of the genomic prediction models ( r = 0.38–0.46) outperformed the traditional BLUP approach based on pedigree records ( r = 0.30). Overall results suggest that major quantitative trait loci affecting resistance to pasteurellosis were not present in this population, but highlight the effectiveness of 2b-RAD genotyping by sequencing for genomic selection in a mass spawning fish species.

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                G3 (Bethesda)
                G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics
                G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics
                G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics
                G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics
                Genetics Society of America
                20 September 2016
                November 2016
                : 6
                : 11
                : 3693-3700
                [* ]The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH25 9RG Scotland, United Kingdom
                []Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, University of Padova, 35020 Legnaro, Italy
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                These authors contributed equally to this work.

                [2 ]Correspondings author: The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Campus, Midlothian, EH25 9RG Scotland, United Kingdom. E-mail: christos.palaiokostas@ and Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, University of Padova, 35020 Legnaro, Italy. Email: luca.bargelloni@
                Copyright © 2016 Christos et al.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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