Analysis of 10 X-linked tetranucleotide markers in mixed and isolated populations

Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2009 Mar;3(2):63-6. doi: 10.1016/j.fsigen.2008.10.001. Epub 2008 Nov 18.


We have applied a recently described X-STRs decaplex to characterize four population groups of the Iberian Peninsula, including two well mixed populations and two relatively isolated ones from Northern Spain, in order to get a better insight about the characteristics of X-STRs in those population types between-population differences in allelic frequencies were relatively small. Nevertheless, Fst values were between 0.2 and 2.7%, figures higher than usually reported for autosomic STRs. This result suggests that when forensic cases originate from relatively isolated groups in western Europe, and a specific reference database is not available, it is probably safe to include a Fst-based correction in the calculations of matching or kinship probabilities.

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Chromosomes, Human, X*
  • DNA Fingerprinting
  • Female
  • Gene Frequency
  • Genes, X-Linked*
  • Genetic Markers
  • Genetics, Population*
  • Geography
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Microsatellite Repeats
  • Population / genetics*
  • Population Density*
  • Spain


  • Genetic Markers