Sex chromosomes of the Japanese frog Rana rugosa are heteromorphic in the male (XX/XY) or in the female (ZZ/ZW) in two geographic forms, whereas they are still homomorphic in both sexes in two other forms (Hiroshima and Isehara types). To make clear the origin and differentiation mechanisms of the heteromorphic sex chromosomes, we isolated a sex-linked gene, ADP/ATP translocase, and constructed a phylogenetic tree of the genes derived from the sex chromosomes. The tree shows that the Hiroshima gene diverges first, and the rest form two clusters: one includes the Y and Z genes and the other includes the X, W, and Isehara genes. The Hiroshima gene shares more sequence similarity with the Y and Z genes than with the X, W, and Isehara genes. This suggests that the Y and Z sex chromosomes originate from the Hiroshima type, whereas the X and W chromosomes originate from the Isehara-type sex chromosome. Thus, we infer that hybridization between two ancestral forms, with the Hiroshima-type sex chromosome in one and the Isehara-type sex chromosome in the other, was the primary event causing differentiation of the heteromorphic sex chromosomes.
|ジャーナル||Molecular Biology and Evolution|
|出版ステータス||Published - 1998 12|
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