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AuthorOhta, Tomoko. author
TitleEvolution and Variation of Multigene Families [electronic resource] / by Tomoko Ohta
ImprintBerlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 1980
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Descript VIII, 136 p. online resource


During the last decade and a half, studies of evolution and variation have been revolutionized by the introduction of the methods and concepts of molecular genetics. We can now construct reliable phylogenetic trees, even when fossil records are missing, by comparaยญ tive studies of protein or mRNA sequences. If, in addition, paleonยญ tological information is available, we can estimate the rate at which genes are substituted in the species in the course of evolution. Through the application of electrophoretic methods, it has become possible to study intraspecific variation in molecular terms. We now know that an immense genetic variability exists in a sexually reproยญ ducing species, and our human species is no exception. The mathematical theory of population genetics (particularly its stochastic aspects) in conjunction with these new developments led us to formulate the "neutral theory" of molecular evolution, pointing out that chance, in the form of random gene frequency drift, is playing a much more important role than previously supposed. I believe that the traditional paradigm of neo-Darwinism needs drastic revision. Also, the importance of gene duplication in evolution, as first glimpsed by early Drosophila workers, has now been demonstrated by directly probing into genetic material. Recently, it has been discovered that some genes exist in large-scale repetitive structures, and that they are accompanied by newly described phenomena such as "coincidental evolution". Working out the population genetical consequences of multigene families is a fascinating subject, for which Dr. Ohta has been largely responsible


1 Organization and Properties of Antibody Genes and Other Multigene Families -- 1.1 Multigene family -- 1.2 Antibody gene families -- 1.3 Coincidental evolution -- 2 Models of Unequal Crossing-Over -- 2.1 Simulation studies of the model of unequal crossing-over -- 2.2 Diffusion approximation of coincidental evolution -- 2.3 Coincidental evolution as a birth-death process -- 3 Population Genetics Approach -- 3.1 Model -- 3.2 Approximate analyses by double diffusion process -- 4 Decrease of Genetic Correlation with Distance Between Gene Members on the Chromosome -- 4.1 Unequal crossing-over by shift of one gene unit -- 4.2 Unequal crossing-over by shift of more than one gene -- 4.3 Average identity coefficient -- 5 Genetic Differentiation of Multigene Families -- 5.1 Identity coefficient between the populations -- 5.2 Variance and covariance of identity coefficients -- 5.3 Numerical examples and some applications -- 6 Statistical Analyses on Sequence Variability of Immunoglobulins -- 6.1 Average identity coefficient -- 6.2 Identity coefficient in association with subfamilies of variable region sequences -- 6.3 Variance and covariance of identity coefficients -- 7 Linkage Disequilibrium Between Amino Acid Sites in a Multigene Family -- 7.1 Variance of linkage disequilibrium coefficients -- 7.2 Application to sequence variability of immunoglobulins -- 8 Prospects for Future Research -- 8.1 Gene conversion and other mechanisms to increase homogeneity -- 8.2 Non-constant gene family size -- 8.3 Accumulation of non-functional genes -- 8.4 Natural selection on gene diversity -- 8.5 Possible other examples to apply the theory -- 8.6 Multigene family of small size -- 8.7 Concluding remarks -- References

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