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Association between the polymorphism in FUT1 gene and the resistance to PWD and ED in three pig breeds.

INTRODUCTION

Porcine post-weaning diarrhea (PWD) and oedema disease (ED) occurred at age of about 4-12 weeks are common diseases in swine and are responsible for considerable economic losses to pig producers all over the world (Imberechts et al., 1992b). Both PWD and ED are caused by toxins produced by E. coli F18, which colonize the surface of the small intestine (Nagy et al., 1992). Bertschinger et al. (1990) reported the detection of adhesive fimbriae on an oedema disease strain of E. coli serotype O139:K12(B):H1 and these fimbriae were preliminarily designated as F107. Rippinger et al. (1995) examined the isolates from cases of PWD and ED by serological examination and Western blot techniques, and revealed a high prevalence of F107 fimbriae in those isolates. They designated the F107 fimbriae as F18. There are two variants of the E. coli strain F18 (F18ab and F18ac), which possess the variant-specific antigenic determinant "b" and "c", respectively, in addition to a common antigenic determinant "a". Rippinger et al. (1995) also suggested that the receptors of F18ab and F18ac on the surface of the small intestine were probably the same. Earlier studies revealed an association between expression of F18ab fimbriae (VTEC) and ED, and expression of F18ac fimbriae (ETEC) and PWD (Witting et al., 1994; Nagy et al., 1997). Susceptibility of porcine small intestine to E. coli is fimbriae-mediated. The pathogenesis appears to be that: E. coli adheres and colonizes to the brush border of enterocytes through its fimbriae, then secretes and releases enterotoxin and histamine by osmosis; this causes trauma of the vessel wall and stimulates effusion of much fluid and electrolyte from the small intestine into the gut lumen. Finally the symptoms of PWD and ED appear. An essential step herein is the fimbriae-receptor interaction (Sellwood et al., 1975; Imberechts et al., 1992b; Fairbrother et al., 2005). The adhesion of the fimbriaed E. coli to receptors in the brush border membranes of porcine small intestinal mucosa (ECF18 receptor) is the precondition leading to PWD and ED, which in turn is due to the existence of ECF18 receptor. Thus, porcine intestinal cell lines could be used as an in vitro model for studying ETEC pathogenesis (Koh et al., 2008). Many studies have been conducted on the molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of the disease. Previous observations have revealed that the presence or absence of the ECF18 receptor is controlled by a single locus (ECF18R), with its dominant allele B responsible for the presence and the recessive allele b for the absence (Bertschinger et al., 1993). This locus has been shown to be linked to the blood group inhibitor S and the halothane linkage group (HAL) on porcine chromosome 6 (Vogeli et al., 1996). The a-1 fucosyltransferase gene (FUT1), which was localized on SSC6q11 by the FISH method, has been recognized as the best candidate gene for ECF18R (Meijerink et al., 1997). A guanine (G)/adenine (A) polymorphism at nucleotide 307 in the FUT1 gene (FUT1 M307) was found to be highly associated with the ECF18R genotypes, and could be a good marker for marker-assisted selection of E. coli F18-resistant animals (Meijerink et al., 2000). Genotype [M307.sup.AA] is regarded as a resistant genotype and genotypes [M307.sup.GG] and [M307.sup.GA] as susceptible. A PCR-RFLP method has been developed for detecting this mutation (Meijerink et al., 1997; Vogeli et al., 1997).

In this study, PCR-RFLP tests and in vitro adhesion assays were undertaken in three pig breeds to confirm the association between the FUT1 M307 polymorphism and the adhesion phenotypes of F18ab and F18ac.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

Animals

The experimental population comprised 363 piglets and their parents of three breeds with different genetic background, including Large White (LW), Landrace (LR), and Songliao Black (SB). All piglets were raised in the same rearing systems at the Pig Breeding Farm of the Institute of Animal Science, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China. The numbers of animals of each breed are shown in Table 1. All animals (parents and offspring) were ear trimmed and the ear bits were frozen at -20[degrees]C for DNA extraction. The piglets were slaughtered at 35-day-old and their jejunum samples were collected for preparation of small intestinal epithelial cells.

Bacterial strains and antiserum

The two variants of the E. coli F18 strain, 107/86 (F18ab positive E. coli strain, O139:K12:H1) and 2134P (F18ac positive E. coli strain O157:H19), and the antiserum containing the common antigenic determinant "a" of F18ab and F18ac were provided by Yangzhou University, Yangzhou, China.

Culture of the bacteria

E. coli strain 107/86 was removed from cryo-storage and then cultured in static Luria-Bertain (LB) medium for 24 h at 37[degrees]C for three generations. Likewise, E. coli strain 2134P was cultured in static Tryptone Soya Agar (TSA) medium for 24 h at 37[degrees]C, and then in static Tryptone Soya Broth (TSB) medium for 24 h at 37[degrees]C for two generations. Plate cultures were stored at 4[degrees]C for the following experiments. For in vitro adhesion assays, they were subcultured in shaking LB and TSA medium respectively for 12 h at 37[degrees]C to make E. coli fimbriated. Then the solution was centrifuged at 4,000 rpm for 15 min to pellet the bacterial cells. The pelleted cells were suspended in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS, pH 7.4) with an optical density of approximately 1.0 at 520 nm ([OD.sub.520] = 1.0). The E. coli suspension could be stored at 4[degrees]C for about one week, without decrease of activity.

Verification of the F18 variants

Three tests were used to verify whether the two variants we obtained (107/86 and 2134P) were indeed F18ab and F18ac. First, the slide agglutination test was carried out to confirm whether the two variants were the E. coli F18 strain (but not to distinguish the two variants). The cultured E. coli and the antiserum containing the F18 specific antigenic determinant "a" were mixed and the agglutination reaction was observed. Second, the duplex-PCR test, which was established according to the difference in the major fimbrial subunit genes fedA between the F18ab and F18ac variants (Imberechts et al., 1992a; Bosworth et al., 1998), was performed to verify whether the two variants were F18ab and F18ac. Three primers, which were upstream specific to both fedA/F18ab and fedA/F18ac, downstream specific to both fedA/F18ab and fedA/F18ac, and upstream specific to fedA/F18ab, respectively (Cheng et al., 2005), were applied together to each of the F18 variants in the duplex-PCR. The bacterial DNA was amplified using a 50 reaction volume, containing 5 [micro]l of the bacterial suspension (F18ab or F18ac), 5 [micro]l 10xPCR buffer (containing 15 mmol/L [Mg.sup.2+]), 1.0 [micro]l 10 mmol/L dNTPS, 1.0 25 [micro]mol/L of each primer, and 1 unit of Taq DNA polymerase (2 U/|al). The PCR was carried out on a PCR system PTC-2000 under the follow cycling conditions: an initial denaturation of 3 min at 94[degrees]C, followed by 6 cycles of 30 sec at 94[degrees]C, 30 sec at 66[degrees]C, 60 sec at 72[degrees]C, given annealing temperature reduced 1 [degrees]C every two cycles. Then, 24 cycles of 30 sec at 94[degrees]C, 30 sec at 63 [degrees]C, 60 sec at 72[degrees]C, followed by a 10min final extension at 72[degrees]C. The PCR products were separated on 1.5% agarose gels. Third, the DNA sequence analysis was conducted to further prove the results of the duplex-PCR test. The PCR products of the two variants from duplex-PCR were sequenced and the sequences were aligned to reveal differences between them.

Preparation of piglet small intestinal epithelial cells

Enterocytes were obtained from the jejunum of weaned pigs (35-day-old). Within two hours after slaughtering, a 10 to 30 cm segment of the jejunum sample was longitudinally opened and washed with cold hypotonic EDTA solution (5 mmol/L, pH 7.4) to remove jejunal contents. The mucosal surface was scraped off the jejunum and the cells were lysed in a hypotonic EDTA solution. After incubation for 30 min at 4[degrees]C, the mixture was homogenized at 12,000 rpm for 20 seconds to make the cells evenly disposed. The gross particulates were allowed to settle, and the supernatant was washed twice at low centrifuge speed (1,200 rpm) for 10 min and re-suspended in cold PBS (pH 7.4). Finally, 100 [micro]l gentamicin sulfate (1 mg/ml) and 100 [micro]l sodium azide (3 mmol/L) were added to the cell suspension. The purified cell suspension was stored at 4[degrees]C for the following assays (Vogeli et al., 1996; Li et al., 2007).

Microscopical adhesion test

The F18ab and F18ac adhesion phenotypes were tested in vitro for all 363 piglets using a microscopical adhesion test. Firstly, 100 [micro]l of enterocyte suspension was mixed with 100 [micro]l of E. coli suspension and 1 [micro]l of D-mannose (0.4 mg/ml). Enterocyte brush borders were incubated with fimbriated F18 E. coli for 30 min at room temperature. Following incubation, a drop of the mixed suspension was put on a slide under a cover-slip and examined by phase contrast microscopy (Leica). This assay determined whether swine were susceptible (intestinal cells expressed ECF18 receptors and had adhering bacteria) or resistant (intestinal cells lack ECF18 receptors and had no adhering bacteria). For each probe, at least 20 well-maintained enterocytes were inspected. A cell was classified as adhesive if there were more than five bacteria adhering to it, or weakly adhesive if one to five bacteria adhered to it. A pig was regarded as adhesive (named A) if at least 10% of the enterocytes examined were adhesive, or weakly adhesive (named A') if at least 10% of the enterocytes examined were weakly adhesive or less than 10% of the enterocytes were adhesive, or non-adhesive (named N) otherwise. These classification criteria were based on previous study (Vogeli et al., 1996).

FUT1 M307 genotyping

To determine the FUT1 M307 genotype, we used PCR amplification followed by digestion with Hin6I (MBI). Genomic DNA was isolated from the porcine ear sample following standard procedures (Sambrook and Russell, 2002). Sequences of forward and reverse primers were: 5' CTT CAG CCA GGG CTC CTT TAA G-3' and 5'-CTG CCT GAA CGT CTA TCA AGA CC-3' (Meijerink et al., 1997). The PCR reaction system was 25 [micro]l volume, including 100 ng genomic DNA, 0.5 10 [micro]mol/L of each primer, 2.5 [micro]l 10xPCR buffer (containing 15 Mmol/L [Mg.sup.2+]), 1.0 [micro]l 10 Mmol/L dNTPs, 1 [micro]l Taq DNA polymerase (2 U/[micro]l), and 18.5 [micro]l dd[H.sub.2]O. PCR was carried out on a PCR system PTC-2000 with the following procedures: an initial denaturation of 3 min at 94[degrees]C, followed by 35 cycles of 45 sec at 94[degrees]C, 30sec at 58[degrees]C, 45 sec at 72[degrees]C, and then a 5 min final extension at 72[degrees]C. The amplified DNA (10 [micro]l) was digested at 37[degrees]C with 1 unit of Hin6I for 5 h. The digests were separated by electrophoresis on 8% poly-acrylamide gel.

Statistical analysis

Chi-square test of the SAS software package (SAS8.0) was applied to determine the association between FUT1 genotype and adhesion phenotype.

RESULTS

Verification of the two E. coli variants 107/86 and 2134P

The slide agglutination test resulted in obvious floc sediment, indicating a reaction between E. coli and the F18 specific antigenic determinant "a" had happened and thus confirming the two E. coli variants were indeed F18 strain. The results of the duplex-PCR test are shown in Figure 1. Two fragments (513 bp and 169 bp) were obtained from the 107/86 variant and only one fragment (516 bp) from the 2134P variant. For each variant only the corresponding specific PCR product was obtained, indicating that the two variants were indeed the F18ab and F18ac, respectively, and also they were not polluted. The alignment of the sequences for the two variants is shown in Figure 2. The two sequences showed a high identity of 94.96%, and 20 mutations were found in total. An insertion of CCG at 364 bp in the sequence for variant 2134P (supposed to be F18ac) made the 3' of the fedA/F18ab specific primer fail to combine with fedA/F18ac. Therefore, the 169 bp fragment produced in the duplex-PCR test must have been from the variant 107/86, proving it was indeed F18ac, rather than F18ab.

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Genotype distribution in the three pig breeds

A 421 bp fragment was amplified from the FUT1 gene. There were two restriction sites for the enzyme Hin6 I within this fragment, i.e. a monomorphic site (present in both of the FUT1 alleles) and a polymorphic site (present only in allele G). G/A mutation at position 307 eliminated the polymorphic site. The monomorphic site gave two fragments of 328 bp and 93 bp in length, respectively, and the polymorphic site caused the 328 bp fragment to be further digested to a 241 bp fragment and an 87 bp fragment. The three different genotypes (GG, GA and AA) at the Hin6 I-RFLP site of the FUT1 gene are illustrated in Figure 3. The frequencies of the three genotypes in the three pig breeds were, respectively, 0.48, 0.47, and 0.05 in LW, 0.63, 0.35 and 0.02 in LR, and 0.78, 0.20 and 0.02 in SB (Table 1). Obviously, the GG and AG were dominant in all three breeds with frequencies of 95%, 98% and 98%. However, the allele frequencies were significantly different in the three breeds. The frequency of G in SB (0.88) was significantly higher than that in LW (0.72, p<0.01) and LR (0.80, p<0.05), and the frequency of G in LR was significantly higher than that in LW (p<0.01).

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Adhesion phenotypes of F18ab and F18ac in piglets

All of the three adhesion phenotypes, i.e., adhesive (A), weakly adhesive (A') and non-adhesive (N), for F18ab and F18ac were detected in the three pig breeds (Figure 4). The frequencies of the three phenotypes in the three pig breeds are given in Table 2. For F18ab, the phenotype A (75%) was dominant over the other two phenotypes, while for F18ac the phenotype A' (82%) was dominant. There were no significant differences (p>0.05) among different breeds within the same F18 variant.

When looking at the adhesion phenotypes of F18ab and F18ac jointly and regarding the phenotype A and A' both as positive (+) and the phenotype N as negative (-), the frequencies of the four possible adhesion patterns are shown in Table 3. It can be seen that more than 80% of piglets were positive to both F18ab and F18ac ([ab.sup.+], [ac.sup.+]), less than 5% of piglets were negative to both F18ab and F18ac ([ab.sup.-], [ac.sup.-]), about 10% of piglets were positive to F18ab but negative to F18ac ([ab.sup.+], [ac.sup.-]), and no piglet with pattern ([ab.sup.-], [ac.sup.+]) was found. Chi-square test showed that there were no significant differences (p>0.05) in the adhesion pattern distributions among the three pig breeds.

Association between FUT1 M307 genotypes and adhesion phenotypes

The distributions of adhesion phenotypes (with adhesive and weakly adhesive phenotype grouped as positive) within each FUT1 M307 genotype are shown in Table 4. For F18ab, all individuals with genotype GG or GA were adhesive and all with AA were non-adhesive, whereas for F18ac, about 89% of the piglets with genotype GG or GA were adhesive and all with AA were non-adhesive. Chi-square test showed the association between FUT1 M307 genotypes and the adhesion phenotypes was highly significant (p<0.001).

DISCUSSION

Reduction of costs in swine production is a goal of breeders, and keeping the pigs disease-free is the major problem to be resolved. However, PWD and ED always lead to tremendous economic losses and effective prevention remains an unsolved problem. Traditional methods for disease prevention and treatment included segregation, slaughter, immuno-prophylaxis with live or subunit vaccines, use of preventive feed medication (organic acids, proteases, bacterial probiotics and phages), and administration of specific egg yolk antibodies and so on (Fairbrother et al., 2005). Researchers have paid great attention to vaccination to prevent PWD and ED. Although vaccines should activate the mucosal immune system and evoke antigen-specific IgA or IgM responses in order to induce a protective mucosal immunity, the cross-protection between strains with fimbrial variants F18ab and F18ac may not be very high (Bertschinger et al., 2000). Verdonck et al. (2007) found that it is difficult to induce protective immunity against [F18.sup.+] E. coli through mucosal immunization of piglets with the whole F18 fimbriae. Tiels et al. (2008) revealed that almost no FedF specific-response could be detected after oral immunization to piglets with a subunit vaccine containing the F18 fimbrial adhesion FedF. Up to now, no well-designed vaccines are available and it is unlikely to be a preferred method because of difficulties in administering live vaccine orally to piglets and because of regulatory restrictions. In summary, traditional methods cannot deal with the problem effectively and thus new methods are needed. In essence, breeding resistant animals is an attractive approach to prevent PWD and ED.

The purpose of breeding for disease resistance is to increase genetically the disease resistance ability of animals though eliminating genetically susceptible animals from the herds. For this purpose, large scale selection of resistant pigs is a prerequisite. Current methods for identifying pigs resistant to PWD and ED caused by F18ab and F18ac include: i) microscopical adhesion test, ii) colonization test (challenge the animals with virulent bacteria), iii) blood typing of the A-O(S) blood group, and iv) detecting the FUT1 polymorphism (Bosworth and Vogeli, 2002). The colonization test is too laborious and expensive (Bertschinger et al., 1993). Although the in vitro adhesion assay is more reliable than the colonization test, it is not applicable for breeding because the pigs slaughtered for the collection of enterocytes are no longer available for breeding purposes (Vogeli et al., 1996). The blood typing method does identify resistant pigs, but is not able to determine whether susceptible pigs are homozygous or heterozygous. Compared with the first three methods, detecting the FUT1 polymorphism has many advantages, including ease of implementation and giving distinct and reliable results. It is a non-invasive method to genetically differentiate susceptible pigs from resistant ones with a high level of sensitivity and specificity, and ultimately will make it possible to keep swine disease-free. In addition, this method is useful to develop drugs for treatment.

In our research population, the frequency of allele G at FUT1 M307 in Songliao Black (0.88) was higher than in Large White (0.72, p<0.01) and Landrace (0.80, p<0.05). The frequency of genotype AA was very low in all three breeds (<5%), which was similar to that reported by Vogeli et al. (1997) in Duroc, Hampshire, Pietrain, Large White and Landrace populations, in which the frequency of AA was less than 5%. Klukowska et al. (1999) investigated the FUT1 M307 polymorphism in four Polish pig breeds, and revealed that the frequency of allele A was high, up to 0.63, and they suggested that Polish indigenous pig breeds could be a useful resource for breeding an E. coli F18 resistant pig line. China has abundant native pig breeds. Shi et al. (2003) and Yan et al. (2003) investigated the FUT1 M307 polymorphism in some Chinese pig breeds (Ningxiang, Shaziling, Daweizi, Lingao, Erhualian and others) and the polymorphism was only detected in the Lingao breed, which had two genotypes, GG and GA. Bao et al. (2008) investigated the gene variation at FUT1 M307 by PCR-RFLP in an Asian wild pig breed, four Western commercial pig breeds and 16 Chinese native pig breeds, and discovered that only Western pig breeds had the resistant AA genotype, while the Asian wild pig and the Chinese native pig breeds had only susceptible genotypes (GG and GA), with most individuals of the Chinese breeds being homozygous GG. Songliao Black used in this study is a hybrid breed produced by crossing Duroc, Large White and a Chinese native pig breed in Jilin province. Thus the low frequency of allele A in Songliao Black (0.12) is understandable, and it may be inferred that allele A of FUT1 M307 originated from Western pig breeds. However, the epidemiological investigation of PWD and ED in 10 provinces in China showed that the morbidity of Western pig breeds and hybrids was higher than that of Chinese native pig breeds (He et al., 2001). This phenomenon is not in accordance with the fact that no resistant genotype AA was found in any Chinese native pig breeds so far. It is still a confused problem.

The results of this study reveal a complete relationship between the FUT1 M307 genotypes and the F18ab adhesion phenotypes. All individuals of genotype GG or GA were adhesive to F18ab, whereas all individuals of genotype AA were non-adhesive, which confirms the results of Meijerink et al. (1997) and Frydendahl et al. (2003). However, for F18ac, the relationship, although highly significant, is incomplete since about 11% pigs with genotypes GG or GA were non-adhesive to F18ac. This indicates that the F18ac receptor may be controlled by a different gene from that for the F18ab receptor, which needs further study.

The relationship of the FUT1 M307 polymorphism and economic traits has been studied by several researchers. Horak et al. (2005) reported a significantly lower number of piglets born alive and number of weaned piglets from sows of genotype AA in a population of Pfestice Black-Pied sows. Jiang et al. (2005) found that genotype AA was the advantaged genotype with respect to some meat quality (better pH, color and water holding capacity) and carcass traits (thiner backfat) in hybrid pigs from Large-whitex-Meishan. Some contradictory results to those of Jiang et al. (2005) were observed by Kadarmideen (2008) in Swiss pigs, who revealed a positive effect of allele A on growth but negative effect on carcass traits (increasing backfat and decreasing proportion of premium cuts), and no significant effect on meat quality traits. Thus, the association between FUT1 M307 polymorphism and production performance needs to be further confirmed.

In conclusion, the FUT1 M307 polymorphism can be used as a predictor for selection of PWD- and ED-resistant swine. Furthermore, when selecting PWD- and ED-resistant pigs according to the FUT1 M307 genotype, we should take into consideration its effect on reproduction and production traits to achieve balanced breeding.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Pigs were kindly provided by the Institute of Animal Science (IAS), China Academy of Agricultural science (CAAS). E. coli strains 107/86 and 2134P were kindly provided by Yangzhou University, China. This study was financially supported by the National Key Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2006CB102104), State High-Tech Development Plan (Grant No. 2008AA101002), National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 30800776), and the National Transgenic Major Project (Grant No.2009ZX08009-146B) whom we would like to thank for their support.

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Yanru Luo, Xiaotian Qiu (1), Hejun Li (2) and Qin Zhang *

Key Laboratory of Animal Genetics and Breeding of the Ministry of Agriculture, College of Animal Science and Technology, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China

* Corresponding Author: Qin Zhang. Tel: +86-10-6273-2634, Fax: +86-10-6273-2634, E-mail: qzhang@cau.edu.cn

(1) National Center of Preservation and Utilization of Genetic Resources of Domestic Animals and Forage, National Animal Husbandry Service Station, Beijing 100193, China.

(2) Shanghai Animal Disease Control Center, Shanghai 201103, China.

Received December 24, 2009; Accepted April 4, 2010
Table 1. Genotype distributions and allele
frequencies of FUT1 M307 in three pig breeds

Breed   No. pigs                Genotype *

                       GG           GA           AA

LW        231      112 (0.48)   108 (0.47)   11 (0.05)
LR        107       67 (0.63)    38 (0.35)    2 (0.02)
SB        109       85 (0.78)    22 (0.20)    2 (0.02)
Total     447      264 (0.59)   168 (0.38)   15 (0.03)

Breed           Allele

            A            G

LW         0.28         0.72
LR         0.20         0.80
SB         0.12         0.88
Total      0.22         0.78

* Values in parentheses are percentages.

Table 2. Distribution of the F18ab and F18ac
adhesion phenotypes in three pig breeds

Breed   No. pigs                 F18ab *

                       A            A'           N

LW        187      135 (0.72)   45 (0.24)     7 (0.04)
LR         86       65 (0.76)   19 (0.22)     2 (0.02)
SB         90       71 (0.79)   17 (0.19)     2 (0.02)
Total     363      271 (0.75)   81 (0.22)    11 (0.03)

Breed                 F18ac *

            A            A'           N

LW       9 (0.05)    149 (0.80)   29 (0.15)
LR       4 (0.05)     71 (0.82)   11 (0.13)
SB       2 (0.02)     79 (0.88)    9 (0.10)
Total   15 (0.04)    299 (0.82)   49 (0.14)

* A: adhesive, A': weakly adhesive, N: non-adhesive.
Values in parentheses are percentages.

Table 3. Adhesion patterns of F18ab and F18ac
and their frequencies in three pig breeds

Breed                           Adhesion pattern *

       No.   ([ab.sup.+],  ([ab.sup.+],  ([ab.sup.-],  ([ab.sup.-],
       pigs  [ac.sup.+])   [ac.sup.-])   [ac.sup.+])   [ac.sup.-])

LW     187    158 (0.84)    22 (0.12)       0 (0)        7 (0.04)
LR      86     75 (0.88)     9 (0.10)       0 (0)        2 (0.02)
SB      90     81 (0.90)     7 (0.08)       0 (0)        2 (0.02)
Total  363    314 (0.87)    38 (0.10)       0 (0)       11 (0.03)

* "+": positive (adhesive or weakly adhesive), "-": negative
(non-adhesive). ([ab.sup.+], [ac.sup.+]) represents the adhesion
pattern of being positive to both F18ab and F18ac. Analogical for
other patterns.

Table 4. Numbers and percentages of adhesive and non-
adhesive pigs with respect to different FUT1 M307 genotypes

Genotype  No. pigs            F18ab                    F18ac

                                  Non-                      Non-
                    Adhesive *  adhesive    Adhesive *    adhesive

GG          222     222 (100%)   0 (0)     199 (89.64%)  23 (10.36%)
GA          130     130 (100%)   0 (0)     115 (88.46%)  15 (11.54%)
AA           11       0 (0)     11 (100%)    0 (0)       11 (100%)
Total       363     352         11         314           49

* Including weakly adhesive.
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