A microsatellite polymorphism in the gamma interferon gene is associated with resistance to gastrointestinal nematodes in a naturally-parasitized population of Soay sheep.

@article{Coltman2001AMP,
  title={A microsatellite polymorphism in the gamma interferon gene is associated with resistance to gastrointestinal nematodes in a naturally-parasitized population of Soay sheep.},
  author={David W. Coltman and Kenneth Wilson and Jill G. Pilkington and Michael James Stear and Josephine M Pemberton},
  journal={Parasitology},
  year={2001},
  volume={122 Pt 5},
  pages={571-82}
}
Free-living Soay sheep (Ovis aries) on the island of Hirta, St Kilda, Scotland, are naturally parasitized by gastrointestinal nematodes, predominantly Teladorsagia circumcincta. In this paper we show that reduced faecal egg counts (FEC) are associated with an allele at a microsatellite locus located in the first intron of the interferon gamma gene (o(IFN)-gamma) in Soay sheep lambs and yearlings, measured at approximately 4 and 16 months of age, respectively. The same allele was also associated… CONTINUE READING
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