Linkage between loci of quantitative traits and marker loci: multi-trait analysis with a single marker

Y. I. Ronin, V. M. Kirzhner, A. B. Korol

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Abstract

An efficient approach to increase the resolution power of linkage analysis between a quantitative trait locus (QTL) and a marker is described in this paper. It is based on a counting of the correlations between the QTs of interest. Such correlations may be caused by the segregation of other genes, environmental effects and physiological limitations. Let a QT locus A/a affect two correlated traits, x and y. Then, within the framework of mixture models, the accuracy of the parameter estimates may be seriously increased, if bivariate densities faa(x, y), fAa(x, y) and fAA(x, y) rather than the marginals are considered as the basis for mixture decomposition. The efficiency of the proposed method was demonstrated employing Monte-Carlo simulations. Several types of progeny were considered, including backcross, F2 and recombinant inbred lines. It was shown that provided the correlation between the traits involved was high enough, a good resolution to the problem is possible even if the QTL groups are strongly overlapping for their marginal densities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)776-786
Number of pages11
JournalTheoretical And Applied Genetics
Volume90
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1995

Keywords

  • Mixture model
  • ML-estimation
  • Multitrait complexes
  • QTL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Genetics

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