Identification of transcripts related to high egg production in the chicken hypothalamus and pituitary gland

Yow Ling Shiue, Lih Ren Chen, Chih Feng Chen, Yi Ling Chen, Jhy Phen Ju, Ching Hsien Chao, Yuan Ping Lin, Yu Ming Kuo, Pin Chi Tang, Yen Pai Lee

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To identify transcripts related to high egg production expressed specifically in the hypothalamus and pituitary gland of the chicken, two subtracted cDNA libraries were constructed. Two divergently selected strains of Taiwan Country Chickens (TCCs), B (sire line) and L2 (dam line) were used; they had originated from a single population and were further subjected (since 1982) to selection for egg production to 40 wk of age and body weight/comb size, respectively. A total of 324 and 370 clones were identified from the L2-B (L2-subtract-B) and the B-L2 subtracted cDNA libraries, respectively. After sequencing and annotation, 175 and 136 transcripts that represented 53 known and 65 unknown non-redundant sequences were characterized in the L2-B subtracted cDNA library. Quantitative reverse-transcription (RT)-PCR was used to screen the mRNA expression levels of 32 randomly selected transcripts in another 78 laying hens from five different strains. These strains included the two original strains (B and L2) used to construct the subtracted cDNA libraries and an additional three commercial strains, i.e., Black- and Red-feather TCCs and Single-Comb White Leghorn (WL) layer. The mRNA expression levels of 16 transcripts were significantly higher in the L2 than in the B strain, whereas the mRNA expression levels of nine transcripts, BDH, NCAM1, PCDHA@, PGDS, PLAG1, PRL, SAR1A, SCG2 and STMN2, were significantly higher in two high egg production strains, L2 and Single-Comb WL; this indicated their usefulness as molecular markers of high egg production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1274-1283
Number of pages10
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Sep 15


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Small Animals
  • Food Animals
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Equine

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Shiue, Y. L., Chen, L. R., Chen, C. F., Chen, Y. L., Ju, J. P., Chao, C. H., Lin, Y. P., Kuo, Y. M., Tang, P. C., & Lee, Y. P. (2006). Identification of transcripts related to high egg production in the chicken hypothalamus and pituitary gland. Theriogenology, 66(5), 1274-1283.