Allele frequencies for 20 microsatellites in a worldwide population survey

Hum Hered. Jul-Aug 1997;47(4):189-96. doi: 10.1159/000154412.


20 microsatellite polymorphisms: HUMHPRT, HUMD3S1358, HUMTH01, HUMACPP, HUMVWF, HUMD16S310, HUMD4S243, HUMTPO, HUMFES/FPS, HUMF13A1, HUMDHFRP2, HUMD11S2010, HUMD13S767, HUMD9S926, HUMD2S1328, HUMD14S306, HUMD18S848, HUMD5S818, HUMD7S820 and HUMFGA were analyzed in a worldwide survey covering five continents and allele frequencies are given. There is a high heterogeneity in allele frequencies among continents. A neighbor-joining tree based on Fst distance shows a pattern of differentiation that may reflect the role of drift in the development of genetic differences among humans. The variation found between continents confirms the usefulness of tetranucleotide microsatellites in human genetic variation studies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Alleles*
  • Gene Frequency
  • Genetic Variation
  • Genetics, Population*
  • Humans
  • Microsatellite Repeats*
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Polymorphism, Genetic