Genetic diversity and population structure of Theileria annulata in Oman

Salama Al-Hamidhi, Mohammed H. Tageldin, William Weir, Amira Al-Fahdi, Eugene H. Johnson, Patrick Bobade, Badar Alqamashoui, Albano Beja-Pereira, Joanne Thompson, Jane Kinnaird, Brian Shiels, Andy Tait, Hamza Babiker

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Background Theileriosis, caused by a number of species within the genus Theileria, is a common disease of livestock in Oman. It is a major constraint to the development of the livestock industry due to a high rate of morbidity and mortality in both cattle and sheep. Since little is currently known about the genetic diversity of the parasites causing theileriosis in Oman, the present study was designed to address this issue with specific regard to T. annulata in cattle. Methods Blood samples were collected from cattle from four geographically distinct regions in Oman for genetic analysis of the Theileria annulata population. Ten genetic markers (micro- and mini-satellites) representing all four chromosomes of T. annulata were applied to these samples using a combination of PCR amplification and fragment analysis. The resultant genetic data was analysed to provide a first insight into the structure of the T. annulata population in Oman. Results We applied ten micro- and mini-satellite markers to a total of 310 samples obtained from different regions (174 [56%] from Dhofar, 68 [22%] from Dhira, 44 [14.5%] from Batinah and 24 [8%] from Sharqia). A high degree of allelic diversity was observed among the four parasite populations. Expected heterozygosity for each site ranged from 0.816 to 0.854. A high multiplicity of infection was observed in individual hosts, with an average of 3.3 to 3.4 alleles per locus, in samples derived from Batinah, Dhofar and Sharqia regions. In samples from Dhira region, an average of 2.9 alleles per locus was observed. Mild but statistically significant linkage disequilibrium between pairs of markers was observed in populations from three of the four regions. In contrast, when the analysis was performed at farm level, no significant linkage disequilibrium was observed. Finally, no significant genetic differentiation was seen between the four populations, with most pair-wise FST values being less than 0.03. Slightly higher FST values (GST' = 0.075, θ= 0.07) were detected when the data for T. annulata parasites in Oman was compared with that previously generated for Turkey and Tunisia. Conclusion Genetic analyses of T. annulata samples representing four geographical regions in Oman revealed a high level of genetic diversity in the parasite population. There was little evidence of genetic differentiation between parasites from different regions, and a high level of genetic diversity was maintained within each sub-population. These findings are consistent with a high parasite transmission rate and frequent movement of animals between different regions in Oman.

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Article numbere0139581
JournalPLoS One
Volume10
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genetic variation
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Theileriasis
theileriosis
Linkage Disequilibrium
Livestock
linkage disequilibrium
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cattle
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Genetic diversity and population structure of Theileria annulata in Oman. / Al-Hamidhi, Salama; Tageldin, Mohammed H.; Weir, William; Al-Fahdi, Amira; Johnson, Eugene H.; Bobade, Patrick; Alqamashoui, Badar; Beja-Pereira, Albano; Thompson, Joanne; Kinnaird, Jane; Shiels, Brian; Tait, Andy; Babiker, Hamza.

In: PLoS One, Vol. 10, No. 10, e0139581, 15.10.2015.

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Al-Hamidhi, S, Tageldin, MH, Weir, W, Al-Fahdi, A, Johnson, EH, Bobade, P, Alqamashoui, B, Beja-Pereira, A, Thompson, J, Kinnaird, J, Shiels, B, Tait, A & Babiker, H 2015, 'Genetic diversity and population structure of Theileria annulata in Oman', PLoS One, vol. 10, no. 10, e0139581. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0139581
Al-Hamidhi S, Tageldin MH, Weir W, Al-Fahdi A, Johnson EH, Bobade P et al. Genetic diversity and population structure of Theileria annulata in Oman. PLoS One. 2015 Oct 15;10(10). e0139581. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0139581
Al-Hamidhi, Salama ; Tageldin, Mohammed H. ; Weir, William ; Al-Fahdi, Amira ; Johnson, Eugene H. ; Bobade, Patrick ; Alqamashoui, Badar ; Beja-Pereira, Albano ; Thompson, Joanne ; Kinnaird, Jane ; Shiels, Brian ; Tait, Andy ; Babiker, Hamza. / Genetic diversity and population structure of Theileria annulata in Oman. In: PLoS One. 2015 ; Vol. 10, No. 10.
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