Articles | Volume 63, issue 1
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16 Jun 2020
Original study |  | 16 Jun 2020

Genetic diversity at major histocompatibility complex and its effect on production and immune traits in indigenous chicken breeds of India

Santosh Haunshi, Divya Devara, Kannaki Ramasamy, Rajkumar Ullengala, and Rudra Nath Chatterjee


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Short summary
Indigenous chickens (ICs) are known for disease resistance and hardiness. The role of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) in disease resistance is well known. The present study carried out to find out variability at the MHC revealed higher genetic variability at the MHC of ICs over White Leghorn birds. ICs are likely to have new alleles of the LEI0258 marker of MHC. Some alleles were found to be associated with growth, production, survivability and antibody titres to Newcastle disease virus.