Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances

Year: 2010
Volume: 9
Issue: 2
Page No. 255 - 257

Investigation of Growth Hormone Gene Polymorphism Using PCR-RFLP Technique in Native Poultry in Khouzestan Province

Authors : Darabi Alireza, Fayazi Jamal, Roshanfekr Hedayatolla and Nasiri Mohammad Taghi

Abstract: Native animal and poultry in every province are valuable genetic resourses. Khouzestan province native poultry is one of the resourses that bacuase of adaptating to environment. The growth hormone gene is a candidate genes controling the metabolic and physiologic actions. Polymorphism within this gene is a detectable parameter. In order to study and investigate growth hormone gene polymorphism, blood samples were collected from 100 individuals of native poultry and genomic DNA was extracted using salting out technique. DNA fragment with 776 bp at growth hormone gene was amplified using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). The PCR product was digested with restriction enzymes MspI and subsequently electroforesed on 2.5% agarose gel with etidium bromide. The studied intron in this research was at Hardy-Weinberg disequilibrium (p<0.005). In this population, heterozygosity and effective allele were estimated 0.59 and 2.13, respectively. Obtained genotypes frequency of MspI enzyme on 776 bp fragment for AA, AB and BB genotypes were 0.39, 0.59 and 0.02, respectively. The frequency of A and B alleles were 0.685 and 0.315, respectively.

How to cite this article:

Darabi Alireza, Fayazi Jamal, Roshanfekr Hedayatolla and Nasiri Mohammad Taghi, 2010. Investigation of Growth Hormone Gene Polymorphism Using PCR-RFLP Technique in Native Poultry in Khouzestan Province. Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 9: 255-257.


In breeding program marker is difference in DNA nucleotides sequence that has mendelian heritance. These differences have participitation in variation between animal significantly and subsequently may be relation between special part of gene that offsprings are received of parents with offspring performance, then we can select offspring by chromosomal part (Nie et al., 2002). Growth hormone gene has 4098 base pairs with 5 exons and 4 introns in poultry (Lechniak et al., 1999).

It located on chromosome number 19 in avian. The growth hormone is a candidate gene for productive traits, because it has great effect on physiological parameter (Stephen et al., 2001).

Kuhnlein et al. (1997) were reported that DNA polymorphism in the chicken growth hormone gene has positive correlation with resistance and egg production.

This study is done in other to investigate polymorphism of intron 1 of growth hormone gene. This gene previously used by Zhang et al. (1993) and Yao et al. (1996) on cattle and Tanaka et al. (1992) and Nie et al. (2005) on poultry.


Hundred Blood samples of Khouzestan native chickens were randomly collected from the wing vein using EDTA as an anti-coagulating agent. Blood samples were stored at -20°C.

DNA was extracted from the whole blood using optimized and modified salting-out method (Stephen et al., 2001). DNA was quantified spectophotometrically and electrophoresed. Genomic DNA (1 μL) was amplified with 0.3 μL Taq polymerase, 0.5 μL mgcl2, 0.5 μL dNTPs and 2 μL of each primer in a total volume of 25 μL.

The reaction mixture was subjected to an initial 5 min denaturation at 94°C, followed by 35 cycles of denaturation at 94°C for 30 sec, annealing at 60°C for 120 sec, extension at 72°C for 1:30 and a final extension step at 72°C for 3 min.

After the addition of 10 μL of amplification products were loaded on to 1/5% denaturing agarose gels. To visualize the PCR product, gels were stained using etidium bromide. The stained gels were scanned and genotypes were scored.

Then, for digestion by enzyme and determination of RFLP, 10 μL of PCR product (776 bp) was added to 1 μL of MspI enzyme and 2 μL buffer 10X and final volume was 30 μL with dilution water and digested in ban marry bath for night. Digested samples were loaded by 2.5% agarose gel with etidium bromide for 90 sec with voltage 70, then genotypes were scored.


DNA extraction and quality determination with electrophoresis and spectrophotometer was done. Obtained result was acceptable (Fig. 1).

PCR amplification was carried out using primers writted in Table 1. The 776 bp was amplified by primers in total samples under condition that explained in previous section (Fig. 2).

With electroforesing of digested samples, 3 types of genotype were diagnosed. In AA genotype 125, 237, 414 bp bands were registered. In AB genotype 237 and 539 bp bands and in BB genotype 776 bp band were determined.

In total, 39 samples have AA genotype, 59 samples have AB genotype and 2 samples shown BB genotype (Fig. 3).

The band 539 has been existed by mutation. This mutation was reported by Stephen et al. (2001) that researched on 28 populations of native chicken chiness. Genotype and gene frequency in population is shown in Table 2. Calculations were done with Popgene programe.

The observed heterozigosity was 0.59 in this study, in population and the mean effective number of alleles was 1.7592. Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium was investigated and result was shown that this population has not Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (Table 3).

Table 1: Primer sequence using in PCR

Table 2: Obtained genotype and gene frequency of MspI Enzyme on 776 bp fragment

Table 3: Calculating Hardy -Weinberg equilibrium in population

Fig. 1: DNA extracted samples

Fig. 2: Electrophoresed PCR product on agarose gel: marker 100 bp

Fig. 3: Electroforesing digested product on agarose gel: marker 50 bp


Results show that used selection criterias in native population breeding, has been related with performance of growth hormone gene.

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