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Selective sweep at the Drosophila melanogaster Suppressor of Hairless locus and its association with the In(2L)t inversion polymorphism.

  • Depaulis, F
  • Brazier, L
  • Veuille, M.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1970
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The hitchhiking model of population genetics predicts that an allele favored by Darwinian selection can replace haplotypes from the same locus previously established at a neutral mutation-drift equilibrium. This process, known as "selective sweep," was studied by comparing molecular variation between the polymorphic In(2L)t inversion and the standard chromosome. Sequence variation was recorded at the Suppressor of Hairless (Su[H]) gene in an African population of Drosophila melanogaster. We found 47 nucleotide polymorphisms among 20 sequences of 1.2 kb. Neutrality tests were nonsignificant at the nucleotide level. However, these sites were strongly associated, because 290 out of 741 observed pairwise combinations between them were in significant linkage disequilibrium. We found only seven haplotypes, two occurring in the 9 In(2L)t chromosomes, and five in the 11 standard chromosomes, with no shared haplotype. Two haplotypes, one in each chromosome arrangement, made up two-thirds of the sample. This low haplotype diversity departed from neutrality in a haplotype test. This pattern supports a selective sweep hypothesis for the Su(H) chromosome region.

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