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Molecular insights into the colonization and chromosomal diversification of Madeiran house mice

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  • D. W. Foerster
  • I. Guenduez
  • A. C. Nunes
  • S. Gabriel
  • M. G. Ramalhinho
  • M. L. Mathias
  • J. Britton-Davidian
  • J. B. Searle

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JournalMolecular Ecology
DatePublished - Nov 2009
Issue number21
Volume18
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)4477-4494
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The colonization history of Madeiran house mice was investigated by analysing the complete mitochondrial (mt) D-loop sequences of 156 mice from the island of Madeira and mainland Portugal, extending on previous studies. The numbers of mtDNA haplotypes from Madeira and mainland Portugal were substantially increased (17 and 14 new haplotypes respectively), and phylogenetic analysis confirmed the previously reported link between the Madeiran archipelago and northern Europe. Sequence analysis revealed the presence of four mtDNA lineages in mainland Portugal, of which one was particularly common and widespread (termed the 'Portugal Main Clade'). There was no support for population bottlenecks during the formation of the six Robertsonian chromosome races on the island of Madeira, and D-loop sequence variation was not found to be structured according to karyotype. The colonization time of the Madeiran archipelago by Mus musculus domesticus was approached using two molecular dating methods (mismatch distribution and Bayesian skyline plot). Time estimates based on D-loop sequence variation at mainland sites (including previously published data from France and Turkey) were evaluated in the context of the zooarchaeological record of M. m. domesticus. A range of values for mutation rate (mu) and number of mouse generations per year was considered in these analyses because of the uncertainty surrounding these two parameters. The colonization of Portugal and Madeira by house mice is discussed in the context of the best-supported parameter values. In keeping with recent studies, our results suggest that mutation rate estimates based on interspecific divergence lead to gross overestimates concerning the timing of recent within-species events.

    Research areas

  • house mouse, island colonization, mitochondrial DNA, Mus musculus domesticus, phylogeography, MUS-MUSCULUS-DOMESTICUS, MITOCHONDRIAL-DNA SEQUENCE, ROBERTSONIAN RACES, POPULATION-GROWTH, GENETIC-VARIATION, HYBRID ZONE, MOUSE, PHYLOGEOGRAPHY, EVOLUTION, ISLAND

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