Assessment of patrilineal gene pool of the Iranian Azeris

Assessment of patrilineal gene pool of the Iranian Azeris The Iranian Azeris are the largest ethno-linguistic minority in Iran who live mainly in the north-west part of the country. Located in the crossroad of ancient human migrations the Iranian Azeris bear the complicated historical influence of the region in their gene pool. Despite the importance of Iranian Azeris in reconstructing the historical event of the Middle-East, their (genetic) origin still remains heavily disputed. In this study we tried to evaluate the rates of genetic contribution of possible source populations (namely, indigenous Iranian, Caucasian, and Central Asian) in the gene pool of modem Iranian Azeris through paternally inherited Y-chromosomal 6 STR markers. The assessment of genetic distances reveals that the Iranian Azeris are mixed population with substantial North Caucasian genetic contribution being genetically much closer to their immediate neighboring ethnic groups. Based on the results of admixture analysis we can conclude that there are significant Caucasian and no visible Central Asian contribution to the gene pool of modern Iranian Azeris. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Russian Journal of Genetics Springer Journals

Assessment of patrilineal gene pool of the Iranian Azeris

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 by Pleiades Publishing, Inc.
Subject
Biomedicine; Human Genetics; Animal Genetics and Genomics; Microbial Genetics and Genomics
ISSN
1022-7954
eISSN
1608-3369
D.O.I.
10.1134/S1022795413100050
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Abstract

The Iranian Azeris are the largest ethno-linguistic minority in Iran who live mainly in the north-west part of the country. Located in the crossroad of ancient human migrations the Iranian Azeris bear the complicated historical influence of the region in their gene pool. Despite the importance of Iranian Azeris in reconstructing the historical event of the Middle-East, their (genetic) origin still remains heavily disputed. In this study we tried to evaluate the rates of genetic contribution of possible source populations (namely, indigenous Iranian, Caucasian, and Central Asian) in the gene pool of modem Iranian Azeris through paternally inherited Y-chromosomal 6 STR markers. The assessment of genetic distances reveals that the Iranian Azeris are mixed population with substantial North Caucasian genetic contribution being genetically much closer to their immediate neighboring ethnic groups. Based on the results of admixture analysis we can conclude that there are significant Caucasian and no visible Central Asian contribution to the gene pool of modern Iranian Azeris.

Journal

Russian Journal of GeneticsSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 10, 2013

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