Mixed lymphocyte culture and serological typing of NIH and Sinclair miniature swine indicate that the two herds share a common SLA haplotype. NIH haplotype a (International Haplotype H10) appears identical to Sinclair haplotype B, which has significant effects on the penetrance of Sinclair swine cutaneous malignant melanoma (SSCM). Offspring of crosses between melanoma-bearing Sinclair swine homozygous for the B haplotype and non-melanoma NIH aa swine have tumour incidence identical to Sinclair melanoma BB x Sinclair non-melanoma BB offspring. Our results provide further support for the involvement of the swine leucocyte antigen (SLA) complex in the inheritance of SSCM, and identify a new source of non-tumour animals that have all of the genes for SSCM except those at the tumour-initiator locus.
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