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Early cattle husbandry: Y chromosome haplogroups reveal aurochs introgression in Europe
Uppsala University, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Evolutionary Biology.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-91485OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-91485DiVA: diva2:164237
Available from: 2004-03-24 Created: 2004-03-24 Last updated: 2010-01-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Evolutionary Studies of the Mammalian Y Chromosome
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Evolutionary Studies of the Mammalian Y Chromosome
2004 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Sex chromosomes are useful in elucidating the evolutionary factors affecting diversity and divergence. In particular, Y chromosome analyses may complement studies using mitochondrial DNA for inferring sex-specific population genetic processes.

Y chromosome studies have been scarce due to limited access to genetic markers and the dynamic evolution of Y. Conserved Y-specific primers that could amplify a diverse set of mammalian species were developed from comparison of gametologous X and Y sequences. Y-specific sequence, generally more than one kb, was amplified for all 20 species examined.

Intraspecific diversity on mammalian Y was found to be reduced even when male-biased mutation rate and effective population size were corrected for. A number of factors can cause this low variation on Y of which selection on a haploid chromosome seems most important.

The field vole (Microtus agrestis), a common and well-studied small mammal in Eurasia, was examined for X and Y variability. Earlier studies on mtDNA had shown that the field vole is separated in two distinct lineages in Europe. The X and Y chromosome sequences confirmed the deep split and suggested that the two lineages of field vole should be reclassified as two separate species.

Two distinct Y chromosome haplogroups were found in modern European cattle, distributed among breeds according to a north-south gradient. Ancient DNA analysis of European aurochsen showed the northern haplogroup to be the most common, possibly indicating local hybridization between domestic cows and wild aurochs bulls in Europe.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2004. 55 p.
Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1104-232X ; 951
Genetics, Y chromosome, field vole, cattle, selection, primer design, Genetik
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Medical Genetics
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-4126 (URN)91-554-5904-8 (ISBN)
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2004-04-16, Zootissalen, EBC, Uppsala, 10:00
Available from: 2004-03-24 Created: 2004-03-24Bibliographically approved

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