Molecular genetic diversity of some rabbit breeds based on mitochondrial 16S rRNA sequences




rabbit Breeds, DNA, genetic diversity, mitochondrial 16S rRNA


The present study was performed to assess the genetic variations among six rabbit breeds in Egypt based on mitochondrial 16S rRNA sequences. The length of partial mitochondrial 16S rRNA in the six rabbit breeds ranged from 546 bp to 558 bp. The sequenced regions were submitted to GenBank/NCBI under accession numbers (MW052052 - MW052057). The average content of A+T was 57% in all breeds. Among breeds, the percentages of genetic distance values were ranged from 0.000 to 0.004. The highest P-distance (0.004) was found between the New Zealand White breed and all other breeds. The results support the suitability of mitochondrial 16S rRNA for genetic diversity analysis of rabbit breeds and the applicability for future research on genetic relationships and the phylogeny of rabbit breeds.


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Author Biographies

Mohammad Allam, South Valley University

Zoology Department, Faculty of Science, South Valley University.Dr. of Genetics

N.S. Mahrous, South Valley University

Zoology Department, Faculty of Science, South Valley University


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