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Gazave E.,Institute of Evolutionary Biology UPF CSIC | Gazave E.,Cornell University | Darre F.,Institute of Evolutionary Biology UPF CSIC | Darre F.,CNRS Alpine Ecology Laboratory | And 18 more authors.
Genome Research | Year: 2011

Copy number variants (CNVs) are increasingly acknowledged as an important source of evolutionary novelties in the human lineage. However, our understanding of their significance is still hindered by the lack of primate CNV data. We performed intraspecific comparative genomic hybridizations to identify loci harboring copy number variants in each of the four great apes: bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans. For the first time, we could analyze differences in CNV location and frequency in these four species, and compare them with human CNVs and primate segmental duplication (SD) maps. In addition, for bonobo and gorilla, patterns of CNV and nucleotide diversity were studied in the same individuals. We show that CNVs have been subject to different selective pressures in different lineages. Evidence for purifying selection is stronger in gorilla CNVs overlapping genes, while positive selection appears to have driven the fixation of structural variants in the orangutan lineage. In contrast, chimpanzees and bonobos present high levels of common structural polymorphism, which is indicative of relaxed purifying selection together with the higher mutation rates induced by the known burst of segmental duplication in the ancestor of the African apes. Indeed, the impact of the duplication burst is noticeable by the fact that bonobo and chimpanzee share more CNVs with gorilla than expected. Finally, we identified a number of interesting genomic regions that present high-frequency CNVs in all great apes, while containing only very rare or even pathogenic structural variants in humans. © by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.

Aarnink A.,Laboratoire dImmunogenetique Moleculaire | Estrade L.,Laboratoire dImmunogenetique Moleculaire | Apoil P.-A.,Laboratoire dImmunogenetique Moleculaire | Kita Y.F.,Tokai University | And 3 more authors.
Immunogenetics | Year: 2010

To describe the polymorphism of the DRA gene in Macaca fascicularis, we have studied 141 animals either at cDNA level (78 animals from Mauritius, the Philippines, and Vietnam) or genomic level (63 animals from the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam). In total, we characterized 22 cDNA DRA alleles, 13 of which had not been described until now. In the Mauritius population, we confirmed the presence of three DRA alleles. In the Philippine and Vietnam populations, we observed 11 and 14 DRA alleles, respectively. Only two alleles were present in all three populations. All DRA alleles but one differ from the consensus sequence by one to three mutations, most being synonymous; so, only seven DR alpha proteins were deduced from the 22 cDNA alleles. One DRA cDNA allele, Mafa-DRA*02010101, differs from all other alleles by 11 to 14 mutations of which only four are non-synonymous. The two amino acid changes inside the peptide groove of Mafa-DRA*02010101 are highly conservative. The very low proportion of non-synonymous/synonymous mutations is compatible with a purifying selection which is comparable to all previous observations concerning the evolution of the DRA gene in mammals. Homologues of the allele Mafa-DRA*02010101 are also found in two other Asian macaques (Macaca mulatta and Macaca nemestrina). The forces able to maintain this highly divergent allele in three different macaque species remain hypothetical. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.

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