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Title: Evolutionary dynamics of duplicated microsatellites shared by sex chromosomes.
Authors: Balaresque, P
Toupance, B
Heyer, E
Crouau-Roy, B
First Published: 2003
Citation: J MOL EVOL, 2003, 57 Suppl 1, pp. S128-S137
Abstract: Segmental duplications on sex chromosomes constitute an important proportion of recent duplications (approximately 30%). Among those, the evolution of duplicated noncoding DNA is still poorly investigated. We focus our work on repeated DNA sequences extensively used in population genetics and evolution: microsatellites. Six duplicated (CA), microsatellite loci, located on the homologous region of human sex chromosomes, were studied at the intraspecific level in Homo sapiens and by an orthologous comparison in eight primate species. At the intraspecific level, we evaluated the congruence in paralogous divergence between the flanking sequences of the six microsatellites and the approximately 2.2-kb surrounding sequences and observed that both phylogenies are congruent. At the interspecific level (8 species of primates: 54 individuals), we analyzed the sequence polymorphism and divergence of each orthologous locus for both the flanking sequence and the microsatellite. The results showed a lower divergence of flanking sequences than expected in noncoding DNA and a relative stability of the first nucleotides close to the microsatellite. The location of each CAIII locus in a Low Copy Repeated element containing duplicated VCX/Y genes (approximately 1 kb) suggested that direct or indirect selection could explain these results. Moreover, the substitution rates in the flanking sequences and in the microsatellites were correlated. Thus, the evolutionary dynamics of microsatellites seems closely linked to the variation of spontaneous mutations in the surrounding regions.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s00239-003-0018-z
ISSN: 0022-2844
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Genetics

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