The establishment of underdominant chromosomal rearrangements in multi-deme systems with local extinction and colonization

Theor Popul Biol. 1993 Aug;44(1):80-94. doi: 10.1006/tpbi.1993.1019.


The fate of an underdominant chromosomal mutant was investigated in multideme models with high rates of local extinction and colonization. Four models with different patterns of colonization (number of colonists and place of origin of colonists) were studied by performing a large number of computer simulations with the Monte Carlo method for several sets of values of the following parameters: coefficient of selection against the heterozygote, extinction rate of each deme, deme size, and number of demes. The probability of the newly arisen rearrangement being established in the multi-deme system depends strongly on the pattern of colonization, other things being equal. In the three models in which there is absent or scarce mixing of gene pools of different demes when a new deme is founded, the fixation probability of the new chromosomal rearrangement is rather close to that calculated by R. Lande (1979, Evolution 33, 234-251; 1985, Heredity 54, 323-332), which is equal to the corresponding probability in a single deme divided by the number of demes. In the model with extensive mixing of gene pools of demes, the corresponding probability is lower (considerably in some cases). Furthermore, in the models where the fixation probability is higher, the analysis of the time of the process leads to the conclusion that in systems consisting of a large number of demes, overlapping of several different processes of fixation of chromosomal rearrangements occurs.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Computer Simulation
  • Fertility
  • Gene Rearrangement / genetics*
  • Genes, Dominant / genetics*
  • Genetics, Population*
  • Genotype
  • Heterozygote
  • Models, Genetic*
  • Monte Carlo Method
  • Mutation / genetics*
  • Population Density
  • Selection, Genetic*
  • Sexual Behavior, Animal