Mapping of the sex determining region on linkage group 12 of guppy (Poecilia reticulata)

Lior Dor, Andrey Shirak, Yair Yaacov Kohn, Tal Gur, Joel Ira Weller, Dina Zilberg, Eyal Seroussi, Micha Ron

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Poecilia reticulata is one of the most popular ornamental fish species with a higher demand for males due to their large colorful fins. The objectives of this study were mapping of the sex-determining (SD) region on linkage group 12 of guppy, and identification of a sex specific marker. We generated eight polymorphic microsatellite markers distributed along the distal 5.4 Mbp sequence of the previously identified SD region on linkage group (LG) 12. The markers were tested for association with sex in 156 individuals of the Red Blonde and Flame strains, and 126 progeny of four full-sibs Red Blonde families. A male-specific allele was found for microsatellite gu1066 at position of 25.3 Mbp on LG12 for both strains, and gu832 at position 24.4 Mbp for the Flame strain. Thus, a region of 0.9 Mbp between these markers, harboring 27 annotated genes, was selected for analysis. Based on association of copy number variation and sex determination we mapped a duplicated region between LGs 9 and 12, of 1.26 Mbp, containing 59 genes on LG12. The common interval between the segment bounded by gu1066 and gu832, and the duplicated region of 0.43 Mbp on LG12 harbors 11 genes of which 6 have multiple copies (54%). Growth arrest and DNA damage inducible gamma-like (GADD45G-like) is a plausible positional and functional candidate gene for its role in male fertility. We characterized the genomic structure of the gene in guppy, and found two isoforms; but no sex-biased differences were evident in genomic sequence and gene expression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3867-3875
Number of pages9
JournalG3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2019


  • Genetics of Sex
  • Mapping
  • Poecilia reticulata
  • Sex determination
  • Sex specific marker

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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