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Title: Y-chromosome descent clusters and male differential reproductive success: Young lineage expansions dominate Asian pastoral nomadic populations
Authors: Balaresque, Patricia
Poulet, Nicolas
Cussat-Blanc, Sylvain
Gerard, Patrice
Quintana-Murci, Lluis
Heyer, Evelyne
Jobling, Mark A.
First Published: 14-Jan-2015
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group for European Society of Human Genetics
Citation: European Journal of Human Genetics, 2015, doi: 10.1038/ejhg.2014.285
Abstract: High-frequency microsatellite haplotypes of the male-specific Y-chromosome can signal past episodes of high reproductive success of particular men and their patrilineal descendants. Previously, two examples of such successful Y-lineages have been described in Asia, both associated with Altaic-speaking pastoral nomadic societies, and putatively linked to dynasties descending, respectively, from Genghis Khan and Giocangga. Here we surveyed a total of 5321 Y-chromosomes from 127 Asian populations, including novel Y-SNP and microsatellite data on 461 Central Asian males, to ask whether additional lineage expansions could be identified. Based on the most frequent eight-microsatellite haplotypes, we objectively defined 11 descent clusters (DCs), each within a specific haplogroup, that represent likely past instances of high male reproductive success, including the two previously identified cases. Analysis of the geographical patterns and ages of these DCs and their associated cultural characteristics showed that the most successful lineages are found both among sedentary agriculturalists and pastoral nomads, and expanded between 2100 BCE and 1100 CE. However, those with recent origins in the historical period are almost exclusively found in Altaic-speaking pastoral nomadic populations, which may reflect a shift in political organisation in pastoralist economies and a greater ease of transmission of Y-chromosomes through time and space facilitated by the use of horses.
DOI Link: 10.1038/ejhg.2014.285
ISSN: 1018-4813
eISSN: 1476-5438
Links: http://www.nature.com/ejhg/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ejhg2014285a.html
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/31437
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015, Macmillan Publishers Limited. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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