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Shirin Sultana, Mohammad Shahdat Hossain, Mohammad Nazrul Islam, Md. Shahidul Islam Bhuiyan, Md. Salimullah, Jahangir Alam
J Adv Biotechnol Exp Ther. 2018; 1(3) : 83-87.

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ABSTRACT: Two minnows, indigenous olive barb, Puntius sarana and exotic silver barb, Barbodes gonionotus are important fish species in Bangladesh. Therefore, it is essential to identify diversed population of these fish species for selective breeding programme. Sixty olive barb fish were collected from three different natural stocks (Mymensingh, Madaripur and Sylhet) and 20 silver barbs from hatchery stock of Jashore in Bangladesh. Out of 40 decamer primers tested, 5 primers were selected for the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) based RAPD (Randomly Amplified Polymorphic DNA) analysis. Upon agarose gel electrophoresis, RAPD bands were scored as separately on the basis of their presence or absence for each sample and primer. A total of 43 polymorphic bands and highest proportion of polymorphic bands (62.79%) were found in the Madaripur populations. The gene diversity (0.2132±0.2067) and Shannon’s Information index (0.3161±0.2950) within populations were highest in Jashore stock. Among olive barb stocks, these values were higher in Sylhet stock. Besides, four populations segregated in two main clusters based on the Nei’s genetic distance. Indicating the segregation of two different species of minnows, the silver barb stock made one separate cluster while other three stocks of olive barb remained in another cluster. The present study exposed a distinct pattern of genetic variation and phylogenetic relatedness that would be helpful in selecting broodfish for genetic improvement as well as in conservation of these fish species.

KEYWORDS: Genetic diversity, Polymorphic loci, RAPD analysis, Olive barb, Silver barb.

Olive barb, Puntius sarana (Hamilton, 1822) and silver barb, Barbodes gonionotus (Bleeker, 1850) are two important minnows which are tropical and small freshwater fish belonging to the family Cyprinidae. The olive barb is a widely distributed cyprinid in the inland waters of South-East Asia [1] and is used both as food fish and ornamental fish. This species is omnivorous and feeds on aquatic weeds, algae, protozoan, mud and sand [2]. The natural abundance of olive barb has been reduced due to habitat fragmentation, injudicious usage of fertilizers in agricultural fields and their effluents mixing to water bodies and over-exploitation of water resources in Bangladesh and it is considered under vulnerable group in India [3; 4]. On the other hand, silver barb (Thai sarpunti), B. gonionotus, a herbivorous [5] and exotic fish introduced from Thailand to Bangladesh in 1977 that has been popular for its rapid growth, bright silvery outlook and taste [6]. Among all the exotic fish species it becomes one of the suitable species for aquaculture owing to its high yield potential and market demand [6].

Genetic conservation and broodstock selection of a fish species may be helpful for good practice by breeders and hatchery owners. In these aspects, genetic methods have great potential to distinguish populations of fish species that cannot be identified by morphological and meristic characters [7]. Data on genetic variation reflects the genetic condition of a species that can be used in designing proper selective breeding program for genetic improvement. DNA markers provide valuable and realistic genetic data that would be useful for investigation and monitoring of genetic conditions both in natural populations and in captive stocks. There are several types of DNA markers available among which PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) based RAPD (Randomly Amplified Polymorphic DNA) technique is very simple and quick to perform. The most important one that makes it simple from others technique, the genome specific sequence of the target organism is not required to design RAPD primers and only single primer is sufficient to amplify analyzable DNA fragments [8; 9]. RAPD technique was successfully applied for phylogenetic studies [10; 11], identification of subspecies [12] and gene mapping studies of fish species [13]. The objective of this research is to characterize different populations of P. sarana and one stock of B. gonionotus at molecular level and to indicate phylogenetic relatedness among the stocks of minnows in Bangladesh.

Collection of fish sample and isolation of genomic DNA
Indigenous olive barb fish samples (n= 60, 20 from each location) were collected from three sources namely Mymensingh, Madaripur and, Sylhet (Hakaluki Haor) in Bangladesh. The silver barb fish samples (n=20) were collected from a hatchery stock situated in Jashore district of Bangladesh. The locations of fish sampling are shown in the map of Bangladesh (Figure 1). The samples were collected during July 2015 to March 2016. From individual fish, a small piece of caudal fin was cut with scissors and preserved in 95% alcohol. Genomic DNA was isolated from the caudal fin according to the method described by Islam and Alam [14] and stored at -20 ºC.

Primer selection and PCR amplification
Primarily 40 decamer primers of random sequence (Bioserve Biotechnologies India Pvt Ltd. ACGI Company) were screened with one sample from each stock to test the performance of RAPD primers and resolution of bands generated. Finally five primers exhibiting highest quality banding patterns and sufficient variability were selected for analysis of all samples. DNA amplification was performed in a final volume of 25μl containing 12.5μl Master mix (Taq DNA Polymerase 2X-premix, GeneON), 2μl of template, 2μl of primer and 8.5μl of nuclease free water. The amplification was carried out in thermal cycler (Prime G Thermal Cycler, UK) programmed for initial heat denaturation in one step of 2 minutes at 94ºC. Subsequent 45 cycles of 1 minute at 94ºC, 30 seconds at 34ºC to 42ºC (OPA12: 38ºC, OPA17: 40ºC, OPB03: 34ºC, OPB07: 36ºC, OPB20: 42ºC) and 2 minutes at 72ºC; followed by one final step of primer extension at 72ºC for 7 minutes.

Agarose gel electrophoresis
PCR product (10μl) was subjected to electrophoresis in 1.5% agarose gel containing ethidium bromide on 1X TBE buffer at 100 V for 1 hour. Molecular marker (1 Kb Plus) was used alongside of the sample. Finally, DNA bands were observed on a GelDoc system and photographs were recorded.

RAPD data Analysis
The obtained bands were scored separately on the basis of their presence (1) or absence (0) for each sample and primers. For accuracy, the scoring was done by two persons independently. The total scores were then used to create a single data matrix to estimate the proportion of polymorphic loci, Nei’s gene diversity [15], gene flow and Nei’s genetic distance [16] and to construct an unweighted pair group method of arithmetic mean (UPGMA) dendrogram among stocks with 1,000 simulated samples using the POPGENE (Version 1.31) program [17]. Band sizes of the RAPD marker were estimated by using the software DNAfrag (Version 3.03) [18].

A total of 43 bands were scored and all of them are polymorphic (100% polymorphism) across all populations (Table 1). Number of bands ranged from 7 to 10 with an average 8.6 per primer. The highest (62.79%) polymorphic loci were found in Madaripur population and the lowest (51.16) in Mymensingh populations both of which are natural populations of olive barb (Table 2).The gene diversity was highest (0.2132±0.2067, Mean± SD) in Jashore followed by Sylhet (0.2021±0.2134), Madaripur (0.1850± 0.1883) and the Mymensingh (0.1597±0.1798) populations (Table 2).The Shannon’s Information index was also highest (0.3161±0.2950) in Jashore stock. In this research, the highest gene flow was found between Madaripur and Mymensingh populations and the lowest between Sylhet and Jashore populations (Table 3).

Table 1. Number and percentage of polymorphic loci of each RAPD marker tested in populations of olive barb P. sarana and silver barb, B. gonionotus.

Table 2. Number and percentage of polymorphic loci of each population of olive barb P. sarana and silver barb, B. gonionotus analyzed by five RAPD Primers.

Table 3. Gene flow between populations of olive barb, P. sarana and silver barb, B. gonionotus analyzed by five RAPD primers

Table 4. Nei’s (1972) genetic identity (above diagonal) and genetic distance (below diagonal) of olive barb, P. sarana and silver barb, B. gonionotus analyzed by five RAPD primers.

The genetic distance between Sylhet and Jashore populations was highest (0.3537) and was lowest (0.0559) between Madaripur and Mymensingh populations (Table 4). Both the values for genetic identity and gene flow between Madaripur and Mymensingh populations were highest. Based on the Nei’s genetic distance, the UPGMA dendrogram indicated the segregation of all four populations into two main clusters (Figure 2). The three natural and indigenous barb (Sylhet, Mymensingh and Madaripur) populations made one cluster and exotic silver barb (Jashore) remained in another cluster. The Madaripur and Mymensingh populations made one sub cluster and Sylhet population belonged to another sub cluster.

Figure 2. Phylogenetic dendrogram constructed based on Nei’s (1972) genetic distance of different populations of Olive barb and Silver barb analyzed by RAPD markers

The P. sarana is a small indigenous species (SIS) in Bangladesh. Once the fish was available in natural shallow water bodies including rivers, beels, haors in Bangladesh but with increase of pollution, overharvesting, introduction of alien species makes it restricted in some specific region the country. Information on the genetic structure of fish species is useful for optimizing identification of stocks, stock enhancement, breeding programs, management for sustainable yield and preservation of genetic diversity [19; 20; 21; 22]. Besides, the exotic Thai silver barb became a vital candidate for aquaculture in Bangladesh due to its high and fast growth rate over the indigenous olive barb. RAPD fingerprinting offers a rapid and efficient method for generating a new series of DNA markers in fishes [23].

DNA polymorphisms have been extensively employed as a means of assessing genetic diversity in aquatic organisms. In the present study polymorphism was 100% across all the primers. The highest proportion (62.79%) of polymorphic band was found Madaripur natural population. Akter et al. [24] found 43.34% polymorphic loci in a hatchery stock of olive barb where the brood fish were collected from natural sources (a haor of Sunamgonj district) and the samples were first generations. Kabir et al. [25] reported 53.84% polymorphism by RAPD marker analysis in three populations of P. sarana which were collected from natural sources where the primers were different from our study. The mean number of polymorphic loci was (26.6) found by Parvez et al. [26] in the study of stock genetic variation of natural stock of critically endangered P. sarana through allozyme electrophoresis. The higher polymorphic loci (42.31%) was reported in natural population of Labeo kalbasu by Mostafa et al. [27] used by RAPD marker. In this study, we also found the higher polymorphic loci in natural stock. The gene diversity was found to be higher (0.2132±0.2067) in the Jashore population which is the indication of higher genetic variation of this stock and it was a hatchery and silver barb stock. The higher genetic variation parameters can be used in the selective breeding programs. The higher gene diversity (0.3703±0.114, mean±SD) was found in natural population (Mohongonj haor) by Sultana et al. [28] in Heteropneustes fossilis fish. Gopalakrishnan et al. [29] found the mean gene diversity of 0.1848 from the study of genetic differentiation of Malabar carp Labeodus sumieri revealed by five RAPD primers. The highest genetic identity (0.9456) between Madaripur and Mymensingh populations indicates the same gene shared by these two populations though they are geographically isolated. The gene flow (3.8236) was also highest between these two populations. However, Jashore population maintained minimal gene flow with the other three populations. Since, samples collected from Jashore were of a captive stock of silver barb and are of a unique species, it is usual that there might have lower gene flow with other three stocks of olive barb species.

Nei’s genetic distance was highest between Sylhet and Jashore populatios. In phylogenetic dendrogram, the Jashore population made one cluster and the remaining Sylhet, Madaripur, Mymensingh populations made another cluster which clearly indicated the segregation of two different species of minnows. Since Jashore population represents a captive stock of silver barb, it can be maintained in the hatchery for brood stock management in sustainable manners. Among the olive barb populations, Sylhet population showed better genetic diversity, because this fish population belongs to the large inland water bodies, Hakaluki haor in the eastern region of Bangladesh. As olive barb is critically endangered, our present study recommends conserving this population to protect from extinction of the species.

It can be concluded that remarkable level of genetic variable parameters like polymorphic loci, gene diversity were observed in the present study. However, these parameters can be taken into consideration for raising genetically superior broodstock in selective breeding program as well as for conservation management of these species of minnows family.

SS, MSH and MSI performed the experiment; SS, MS and JA conceived the study; SS and MNI analyzed the data; SS, MSH, MSI, MNI and JA wrote the paper.

The authors declare that no conflicts of interest exist.

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