Linkage mapping in sheep and deer identifies a conserved pecora ruminant linkage group orthologous to two regions of HSA16 and a portion of HSA7Q

Genomics. 1996 May 1;33(3):358-64. doi: 10.1006/geno.1996.0211.


Two orthologous linkage groups have been mapped in sheep and deer. Seven loci have been mapped in deer, and 12 in sheep. The sheep linkage group is assigned to ovine chromosome 24. The linkage groups consist of loci from the short arm of human chromosome 16, spanning the region containing the human Batten disease locus, and from human chromosome 7. One locus from the long arm of human chromosome 16 is also present, demonstrating a previously unknown rearrangement between human and ruminant chromosomes. There is no significant difference in marker order and distances between the two linkage groups, implying that this linkage pattern was present in the genome of the common ancestor of the pecora ruminants.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chromosome Mapping*
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 16*
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 7*
  • DNA, Satellite / genetics
  • Deer / genetics*
  • Genetic Linkage*
  • Genetic Markers
  • Humans
  • Lod Score
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Polymorphism, Genetic
  • Ruminants / genetics*
  • Sheep / genetics*
  • Software


  • DNA, Satellite
  • Genetic Markers

Associated data

  • GENBANK/M18189