Mapping quantitative trait loci for immune capacity in the pig

J Immunol. 1998 Jul 15;161(2):829-35.


Immune capacity traits show considerable genetic variation in outbred populations. To identify quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for immune capacity in the pig, various measures of immune function (total and differential leukocyte counts, neutrophil phagocytosis, mitogen-induced proliferation, IL-2 production, and virus induced IFN-alpha production in whole blood cultures, and Ab responses to two Escherichia coli antigens) were determined in 200 F2 animals from a wild pig-Swedish Yorkshire intercross. The pedigree has been typed for 236 genetic markers covering all autosomes, the X chromosome and the X/Y pseudoautosomal region. Through interval mapping using a least-squares method, four QTLs with significant effects were identified; one for total leukocyte counts, one for mitogen-induced proliferation, one for prevaccination levels of Abs to E. coli Ag K88, and one for Ab response to the O149 Ag. In addition, several putative QTLs were indicated. The results from the present study conclusively show that it is possible to identify QTLs for immune capacity traits in outbred pig populations by genome analysis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antigens, Bacterial / immunology
  • Chromosome Mapping*
  • Chromosomes / genetics
  • Chromosomes / immunology*
  • Crosses, Genetic
  • Escherichia coli / immunology
  • Female
  • Herpesvirus 1, Suid / immunology
  • Immunoglobulin G / biosynthesis
  • Immunoglobulin G / blood
  • Interferon-alpha / biosynthesis
  • Interleukin-2 / biosynthesis
  • Leukocyte Count
  • Lymphocyte Activation / genetics
  • Lymphocyte Activation / immunology
  • Lymphocytes / immunology
  • Neutrophils / immunology
  • Phagocytosis / genetics
  • Phagocytosis / immunology
  • Quantitative Trait, Heritable*
  • Swine / genetics*
  • Swine / immunology*


  • Antigens, Bacterial
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Interferon-alpha
  • Interleukin-2