Browsing by Subject "heterozygosity"

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  • Ruuskanen, Jutta (Helsingin yliopisto, 2020)
    Arapaima gigas is one of the world’s largest freshwater fishes and it is native to the Amazon region. The species is over-exploited and sustainable long-term conservation strategies are needed to maintain the genetic diversity of the species. The aim of this study was to analyze the genetic diversity of Peruvian Arapaima gigas populations. The microsatellite data was collected as a part of a three-year project by the Regional Government of San Martín (GORESAM) and Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute (FGFRI). The data consisted of 15 microsatellite loci and 324 samples from three populations, Iquitos, Paiche, and Pucallpa. The samples for Iquitos and Pucallpa were collected from populations in the Amazon basin. Samples of Paiche were collected from a captive population in a fish farming research center. The average numbers of alleles and genotypes ranged between 1.9-3.3 and 2.5-4.6, respectively. Population Pucallpa showed the highest average level of heterozygosity (0.41), whereas the lowest level was observed in population Iquitos (0.25). There were altogether 13 loci which showed a statistically significant excess of heterozygosity, and nine loci with significant deficiency of heterozygosity across the three populations. The FIS-values were in accordance with most of the significant deviations indicating the excess or deficiency of heterozygosity. The average FIT-value (0.226) indicated a slight increase of homozygotes. Populations Iquitos and Paiche were on a state of Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, but population Pucallpa showed a statistically significant deviation from the state of equilibrium. The pairwise FST-values ranged between 0.169-0.373, and they indicate that the three studied populations are genetically different. In addition, the values of Nei’s genetic distance (D) and full-pedigree likelihood analysis indicate a genetic differentiation between the populations. The number of migrants (Nm) between the three populations was estimated based on the mean frequency of private alleles (p(1) = 0.085) and the mean sample size (108 individuals). The number of migrants was 0.273 after the correction for sample size. The genetic diversity within and between the Peruvian populations resembles the results obtained in other studies of Arapaima gigas in the Amazon basin. Sustainable fish farming could offer a solution in maintaining the genetic diversity of the species.
  • Paakala, Elina (Helsingfors universitet, 2011)
    The aim of this master’s thesis was to study genetic diversity within and between ten dog breeds. The original data was produced by Finnzymes Oy and it contained raw data files that were used to genotype microsatellite markers. The final data contained information from 395 dogs belonging to ten fairly different dog breeds. The amount of dogs per breed was from 31 to 53. The data was genotyped with 18 microsatellite markers. A llelic richness varied between 2,0 – 9,9. The most variable microsatellite locus was AHT137 and the least variable AHTk211. Over all loci allelic richness was highest in Jack Russell Terrier and lowest in Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. S c hipperke had the largest amount of microsatellite loci that were not in Hardy- Weinberg equilibrium. In Coton de Tulear, German Shepherd Dog and Finnish Lapphund all microsatellite loci were in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. The lowest overall heterozygosity was in Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (0,50) and highest in Finnish Lapphund (0,73). The only statistically significant FIS-values were in Schipperke in locus INU030 (0,39) and over all loci (0,11). The most distant breeds according to FST-value were Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Rough Collie (0,34) and the closest breeds were Chihuahua and Coton de Tulear (0,07). Overall between breeds diversity was 17,7 %. On the grounds of these results the ten breeds are distinct populations. Coton de Tulear had clearly the highest amount of allele pairs in linkage disequilibrium (94) and Tibetan Spaniel the lowest amount (15). Effective population size was lowest in Rough Collie (35) and highest in Chihuahua (86). Based on many population genetic measures Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Rough Collie and Schipperke seem to have the lowest genetic diversity and Chihuahua, Jack Russel Terrier and Finnish Lapphound the highest. Reasons for different levels of genetic diversity can be found on histories of these dog breeds.
  • Lehmann, Laurent; Keller, Lukas F; Kokko, Hanna (2007)
    Female mate choice influences the maintenance of genetic variation by altering the mating success of males with different genotypes. The evolution of preferences themselves, on the other hand, depends on genetic variation present in the population. Few models have tracked this feedback between a choice gene and its effects on genetic variation, in particular when genes that determine offspring viability and attractiveness have dominance effects. Here we build a population genetic model that allows comparing the evolution of various choice rules in a single framework. We first consider preferences for good genes and show that focused preferences for homozygotes evolve more easily than broad preferences, which allow heterozygous males high mating success too. This occurs despite better maintenance of genetic diversity in the latter scenario, and we discuss why empirical findings of superior mating success of heterozygous males consequently do not immediately lead to a better understanding of the lek paradox. Our results thus suggest that the mechanisms that help maintain genetic diversity also have a flipside of making female choice an inaccurate means of producing the desired kind of offspring. We then consider preferences for heterozygosity per se, and show that these evolve only under very special conditions. Choice for compatible genotypes can evolve but its selective advantage diminishes quickly due to frequency-dependent selection. Finally, we show that our model reproduces earlier results on selfing, when the female choice strategy produces assortative mating. Overall, our model indicates that various forms of heterozygote-favouring (or variable) female choice pose a problem for the theory of sexual ornamentation based on indirect benefits, rather than a solution.
  • Nonaka, Etsuko; Sirén, Jukka; Somervuo, Panu; Ruokolainen, Lasse; Ovaskainen, Otso; Hanski, Ilkka (2019)
    Abstract Inbreeding is common in nature, and many laboratory studies have documented that inbreeding depression can reduce the fitness of individuals. Demonstrating the consequences of inbreeding depression on the growth and persistence of populations is more challenging because populations are often regulated by density- or frequency-dependent selection and influenced by demographic and environmental stochasticity. A few empirical studies have shown that inbreeding depression can increase extinction risk of local populations. The importance of inbreeding depression at the metapopulation level has been conjectured based on population-level studies but has not been evaluated. We quantified the impact of inbreeding depression affecting the fitness of individuals on metapopulation persistence in heterogeneous habitat networks of different sizes and habitat configuration in a context of natural butterfly metapopulations. We developed a spatial individual-based simulation model of metapopulations with explicit genetics. We used Approximate Bayesian Computation to fit the model to extensive demographic, genetic, and life-history data available for the well-studied Glanville fritillary butterfly (Melitaea cinxia) metapopulations in the Åland islands in SW Finland. We compared 18 semi-independent habitat networks differing in size and fragmentation. The results show that inbreeding is more frequent in small habitat networks, and consequently, inbreeding depression elevates extinction risks in small metapopulations. Metapopulation persistence and neutral genetic diversity maintained in the metapopulations increase with the total habitat amount in and mean patch size of habitat networks. Dispersal and mating behavior interact with landscape structure to determine how likely it is to encounter kin while looking for mates. Inbreeding depression can decrease the viability of small metapopulations even when they are strongly influenced by stochastic extinction-colonization dynamics and density-dependent selection. The findings from this study support that genetic factors, in addition to demographic factors, can contribute to extinctions of small local populations and also of metapopulations. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
  • Brommer, Jon E.; Kekkonen, Jaana; Wikström, Mikael (2015)
    A heterozygosity-fitness correlations (HFCs) may reflect inbreeding depression, but the extent to which they do so is debated. HFCs are particularly likely to occur after demographic disturbances such as population bottleneck or admixture. We here study HFC in an introduced and isolated ungulate population of white-tailed deer Odocoileus virginianus in Finland founded in 1934 by four individuals. A total of 4221-year-old white-tailed deer were collected in the 2012 hunting season in southern Finland and genotyped for 14 microsatellite loci. We find significant identity disequilibrium as estimated by g(2). Heterozygosity was positively associated with size- and age-corrected body mass, but not with jaw size or (in males) antler score. Because of the relatively high identity disequilibrium, heterozygosity of the marker panel explained 51% of variation in inbreeding. Inbreeding explained approximately 4% of the variation in body mass and is thus a minor, although significant source of variation in body mass in this population. The study of HFC is attractive for game- and conservation-oriented wildlife management because it presents an affordable and readily used approach for genetic monitoring that allowing identification of fitness costs associated with genetic substructuring in what may seem like a homogeneous population.