Isolation and characterization of 10 MHC Class I-associated microsatellite loci in tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii)

Yuanyuan Cheng, Matthew Wakefield, Hannah V. Siddle, Penny C. Coggill, Cathy A. Herbert, Stephan Beck, Katherine Belov*, Mark D B Eldridge

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) contain genes which play a key role in immune response and mate choice, and are therefore of functional importance to molecular ecologists. Here we describe the design of 10 MHC Class I-associated microsatellite loci from the tammar wallaby. All 10 loci are highly polymorphic, with the expected heterozygosity ranging from 0.547 to 0.919. Six loci successfully cross-amplify in other macropodid species. These microsatellites will serve as useful tools for studying the level of MHC diversity, the impact of selection on genetic variation and the unique structure of the tammar wallaby MHC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-349
Number of pages4
JournalMolecular Ecology Resources
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Macropodid
  • Marsupial
  • MHC-associated microsatellite
  • Tammar wallaby

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