Isolation of Y- and X-linked SCAR markers in yellow catfish and application in the production of all-male populations

Anim Genet. 2009 Dec;40(6):978-81. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2052.2009.01941.x. Epub 2009 Aug 20.


Sex controls have been performed in some farmed fish species because of significant growth differences between females and males. In yellow catfish (Pelteobagrus fulvidraco), adult males are three times larger than female adults. In this study, six Y- and X-linked amplified fragment length polymorphism fragments were screened by sex-genotype pool bulked segregant analysis and individual screening. Interestingly, sequence analysis identified two pairs of allelic genes, Pf33 and Pf62. Furthermore, the cloned flanking sequences revealed several Y- and X-specific polymorphisms, and four Y-linked or X-linked sequence characterized amplified region (SCAR) primer pairs were designed and converted into Y- and X-linked SCAR markers. Consequently, these markers were successfully used to identify genetic sex and YY super-males, and applied to all-male population production. Thus, we developed a novel and simple technique to help commercial production of YY super-males and all-male populations in the yellow catfish.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism Analysis
  • Animals
  • Catfishes / genetics*
  • Catfishes / physiology
  • Female
  • Genes, X-Linked*
  • Male
  • Sex Characteristics
  • Y Chromosome*