Heterozygote deficiency caused by a null allele at the bovine ARO23 microsatellite

M. Band, M. Ron

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Non-Mendelian inheritance and heterozygote deficiency were observed within the International Bovine Reference Panel (IBRP) when genotyped for AGC trinucleotide microsatellite ARO23. Chi square analysis showed a significant difference between the observed and predicted heterozygosity among 37 unrelated individuals. PCR reactions using an alternative primer designed to avoid a putative mismatch resulted in the appearance of an additional allele with a frequency of 0.30 and the restoration of Mendelian inheritance, Sequence analysis of this allele showed a cytosine insertion 2 bp from the 3′ end of the original priming site causing the failure of allele amplification. The presence of a segregating null allele may be suspected when heterozygote deficiency is observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-190
Number of pages4
JournalAnimal Biotechnology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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