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Leg weakness in pigs is a serious problem in the pig industry. We performed a whole genome quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis to find QTLs affecting leg weakness traits in the Landrace population. Half-sib progeny (n = 522) with five sires were measured for leg weakness traits. Whole genome QTL mapping was performed using a half-sib regression-based(More)
A method is described for evaluating antinociceptive activity in rats using writhing responses induced by 4% sodium chloride solution. Narcotic and nonnarcotic analgesics, narcotic antagonists except naloxone, and antipyretic and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs were effectively evaluated at relatively low doses using this method. Parenteral ED50 values(More)
BACKGROUND Successful engraftment of human hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) in a large animal may serve not only as a model to study human hematopoiesis but also as a bioreactor to expand human HSPCs in vivo. The aim of this study was to accomplish xenotransplantation of human HSPCs into pig. METHODS Total mononuclear or CD34-positive HSPCs(More)
The influence of adjuvant arthritis in rats on main urinary metabolites (MUM) of prostaglandin (PG) F and E type was studied. 1) In our model rats, urinary excretion of PGE-MUM increased on day 11 prior to the appearance of secondary lesions, but that of PGF-MUM did not change significantly during the observed period (21 days). The excretion of PGE-MUM was(More)
We performed a genome-wide association study using the porcine 60K SNP array to detect QTL regions for nine traits in a three-generational Duroc samples (n = 651), viz. generations 1, 2 and 3 from a population selected over five generations using a closed nucleus breeding scheme. We applied a linear mixed model for association mapping to detect SNP effects,(More)
We evaluated multiple effects of genetic variations of five candidate loci (LEP, LEPR, MC4R, PIK3C3 and VRTN) on four production traits (average daily weight gain (ADG); backfat thickness (BFT); loin eye muscle area (EMA); and intramuscular fat content (IMF)) in a closed nucleus herd of pure Duroc pigs. Polymorphisms in LEPR, MC4R and PIK3C3 had significant(More)
Although severe combined immune deficiency (SCID) is a very important research model for mice and SCID mice are widely used, there are only few reports describing the SCID pig models. Therefore, additional research in this area is needed. In this study, we describe the generation of Recombination activating gene-1 (Rag-1)-deficient neonatal piglets in Duroc(More)
Because of increasing litter size in Western pig breeds, additional teats are desirable to increase the capacity for nursing offspring. We applied genome-wide SNP markers to detect QTL regions that affect teat number in a Duroc population. We phenotyped 1024 animals for total teat number. A total of 36 588 SNPs on autosomes were used in the analysis. The(More)
Vertnin (VRTN) is involved in the variation of vertebral number in pigs and it is located on Sus scrofa chromosome 7. Vertebral number is related to body size in pigs, and many reports have suggested presence of an association between body length (BL) and meat production traits. Therefore, we analyzed the relationship between the VRTN genotype and the(More)
A C↔T single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) on exon 24 of the porcine class 3 phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PIK3C3) gene is considered a possible genetic marker for selecting backfat (BF) thickness and carcass fat, although only one study has published results on its effects by performing experiments on a single resource family. We analyzed the association of(More)