Whole mitochondrial genome diversity in two Hungarian populations

Mol Genet Genomics. 2018 Oct;293(5):1255-1263. doi: 10.1007/s00438-018-1458-x. Epub 2018 Jun 9.


Complete mitochondrial genomics is an effective tool for studying the demographic history of human populations, but there is still a deficit of mitogenomic data in European populations. In this paper, we present results of study of variability of 80 complete mitochondrial genomes in two Hungarian populations from eastern part of Hungary (Szeged and Debrecen areas). The genetic diversity of Hungarian mitogenomes is remarkably high, reaching 99.9% in a combined sample. According to the analysis of molecular variance (AMOVA), European populations showed a low, but statistically significant level of between-population differentiation (Fst = 0.61%, p = 0), and two Hungarian populations demonstrate lack of between-population differences. Phylogeographic analysis allowed us to identify 71 different mtDNA sub-clades in Hungarians, sixteen of which are novel. Analysis of ancestry-informative mtDNA sub-clades revealed a complex genetic structure associated with the genetic impact of populations from different parts of Eurasia, though the contribution from European populations is the most pronounced. At least 8% of ancestry-informative haplotypes found in Hungarians demonstrate similarity with East and West Slavic populations (sub-clades H1c23a, H2a1c1, J2b1a6, T2b25a1, U4a2e, K1c1j, and I1a1c), while the influence of Siberian populations is not so noticeable (sub-clades A12a, C4a1a, and probably U4b1a4).

Keywords: Complete mitochondrial genomes; Genetic diversity; Hungarians; Molecular phylogeography; Phylogeny.

MeSH terms

  • DNA, Mitochondrial / genetics*
  • Ethnicity / genetics*
  • Genetic Variation*
  • Genetics, Population*
  • Genome, Mitochondrial*
  • Haplotypes*
  • Humans
  • Hungary
  • Phylogeography


  • DNA, Mitochondrial