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First-generation linkage map for the common frog Rana temporaria reveals sex-linkage group
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Population and Conservation Biology.
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2011 (English)In: Heredity, ISSN 0018-067X, E-ISSN 1365-2540, Vol. 107, no 6, 530-536 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The common frog (Rana temporaria) has become a model species in the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology. However, lack of genomic resources has been limiting utility of this species for detailed evolutionary genetic studies. Using a set of 107 informative microsatellite markers genotyped in a large full-sib family (800 F1 offspring), we created the first linkage map for this species. This partial map-distributed over 15 linkage groups-has a total length of 1698.8 cM. In line with the fact that males are the heterogametic sex in this species and a reduction of recombination is expected, we observed a lower recombination rate in the males (map length: 1371.5 cM) as compared with females (2089.8 cM). Furthermore, three loci previously documented to be sex-linked (that is, carrying male-specific alleles) in adults from the wild mapped to the same linkage group. The linkage map described in this study is one of the densest ones available for amphibians. The discovery of a sex linkage group in Rana temporaria, as well as other regions with strongly reduced male recombination rates, should help to uncover the genetic underpinnings of the sex-determination system in this species. As the number of linkage groups found (n = 15) is quite close to the actual number of chromosomes (n = 13), the map should provide a useful resource for further evolutionary, ecological and conservation genetic work in this and other closely related species.

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2011. Vol. 107, no 6, 530-536 p.
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amphibian, linkage map, microsatellite, Rana temporaria, sex determination, quantitative trait loci
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Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-163654DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2011.39ISI: 000297214900007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-163654DiVA: diva2:464998
Available from: 2011-12-14 Created: 2011-12-13 Last updated: 2011-12-14Bibliographically approved

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