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African origin for Madagascan dogs revealed by mtDNA analysis
KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Gene Technology.
KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Gene Technology.
KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Gene Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1495-8338
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Abstract [en]

Dogs were the only domestic animals accompanying humans to every continent in ancient time, and was along with pig and chicken part of the Austronesian Neolithic culture. Madagascar was one of the last major land masses to be occupied by humans, 1,500-2,000 years ago. It was initially colonized by Austronesian speaking Indonesians but subsequent migration from Africa has resulted in approximately equal genetic contribution from Indonesia and Africa, and the material culture has mainly African influences. To track the initial worldwide dispersal of dogs and illuminate this part of Madagascan cultural origins we here investigate the ancestry of Malagasy dogs. We analysed mtDNA control region sequences in dogs from Madagascar (n=145) and compared with dogs from potential ancestral populations in Island Southeast Asia (n=219) and sub-Saharan Africa (n=493). We found that 90% of the Madagascan dogs carried a haplotype present also in sub-Saharan Africa, and the remaining lineages could all be attributed to a likely origin in Africa. In contrast, only 26% of Malagasy dogs shared a haplotype with Indonesian dogs, all of which universally occurring haplotypes, and three haplotypes typical for Austronesian dogs, carried by >50% of Indonesian and Polynesian dogs, were carried by only 1% of the Madagscan dogs. Thus, in contrast to the human population, the Madagscan dogs seem to trace its origin entirely from Africa. This indicates that dogs were not brought with the initial Austronesian speaking colonizers on their trans-ocean voyage but introduced at a later stage with the migration and cultural influence from Africa.

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Biological Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-94475OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-94475DiVA: diva2:525857
Note
QS 2012Available from: 2012-05-09 Created: 2012-05-09 Last updated: 2012-05-29Bibliographically approved
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1. Analysis of the origin and spread of the domestic dog using Y-chromosome DNA and mtDNA sequence data
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Analysis of the origin and spread of the domestic dog using Y-chromosome DNA and mtDNA sequence data
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The domestic dog was probably the first domesticated animal, and the only one to spread to all continents in ancient times. The dog is one of the most phenotypically diverse animals, a result of human selection throughout dog history. Studies of the genetic origins and early spread of domestic dogs is important to gather information about biological and cultural mechanisms behind domestication but also to investigate early human history. The step from a hunter and gatherer lifestyle to farming is one of the most important steps in human history. In this thesis I will present work aimed at understanding both domestic dog origins and dispersal. In order to be able to investigate dog origins based on a second haploid chromosome we identified 14,437 bp of Y-chromosomal DNA sequence. Based on this we show that dogs in Asia south of Yangtze River (ASY) has the highest genetic diversity and was founded from a large number of wolf founders confirming earlier mtDNA results. Early dog dispersal is tightly coupled to human history with the dog brought along as a cultural item. We have for the first time investigated the dog dispersal into Polynesia and Australia and our data can be used as evidence for a more complex settlement of Polynesia than earlier indicated from archaeological and linguistic studies. Analysis of Y-chromosome SNPs in Australian dingoes confirms earlier mtDNA genetic studies that the dingo is part of the domestic dog phylogeny and was founded from a small population of domestic dogs. We have also for the first time investigated the dog population on Madagascar and our data strongly indicates a mainland African origin for the Madagascan dogs. Finally, we have investigated the American dog population sampled from throughout the continent and also for the first time included putative indigenous breed dogs such as Chihuahua and Pero Sín Pelo del Peru, and the free-ranging Carolina dogs from southern USA. Our data clearly indicates a primarily Old World origin for the indigenous breed dogs and also for the free-ranging Carolina dogs in USA. We can also for the first time present evidence for continuity between the ancient and extant dog population with e.g. exclusive sharing of a haplotype between a modern sample of Chihuahua and an ancient Mexican sample.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2012. 66 p.
Series
Trita-BIO-Report, ISSN 1654-2312 ; 2012:6
Keyword
mtDNA, domestication, Y-chromosome, SNP, ASY, dog, dingo
National Category
Other Industrial Biotechnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-94145 (URN)978-91-7501-364-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-05-25, Lennart Nilsson-salen, Nobels väg 15A, Solna, 13:00 (English)
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Supervisors
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Note
QC 20120510Available from: 2012-05-10 Created: 2012-05-08 Last updated: 2012-05-10Bibliographically approved
2. Molecular Profiling of the Population Dynamics: Foundation and Expansion of an Archaic Domesticate
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Molecular Profiling of the Population Dynamics: Foundation and Expansion of an Archaic Domesticate
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

"An ‘exponential growth of science’ throughout modern history has been frequently boasted by numerous narcissistic accounts of ‘modern humanity.’ Nonetheless, ‘modern science’ seems to have overwhelmingly compromised on its original promises by fitting into an ‘industrial scheme.’ With this concern, ‘molecular phylogeographics with conservational ambitions’ would look an intact ground for research efforts in a ‘school of biotechnology.’ The dog (Canis familiaris) as an earliest domestic animal has a history of conflicts over its origins and dispersal. Having those disputes addressed, valuable knowledge could be acquired on the nature and dynamics of domestication, and of human societies particularly of pre-agricultural ages. We employed two most widely-used genealogical markers, the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and the non-recombining portion of the Y-chromosome (NRY), to address dog demography. Through 582 bps of mtDNA Control Region, complemented with whole mitochondrial genomes, it was established that almost all maternal lineages of the domestic dog worldwide coalesce to a population of at least 51 and perhaps many more female wolves in Asia South of Yangtze River (ASY) approximately 16,000 years before present (BP). This was based on the presence of a maximal diversity in this area, a descending gradient of diversity outward it, and a ubiquitous population structure everywhere in the world. A closer examination of this portrait in Southwest Asia (SwAsia) and the Fertile Crescent (FC), a region which has supplied persuasive evidence on early presence of the domestic dog, retrieved the same information, with implications for backbreeding with the local wolf population. Meanwhile, analyses of mtDNA dispersal showed that dogs took the long way via land to Madagascar Island, and not together with humans via sea. By the other approach, the NRY data in 14,437 bps length supplemented the mtDNA in reporting the height of diversity from ASY with a founding population of at least 13 male wolves, but expectably produced lower inter-regional differentiation by diversity. Screening of NRY by a SNP assay in the dingoes of Australia Island as a population of feral dogs revealed restricted and similar dispersal patterns for sires and dams. Prospects of ancient, multilocus and whole genome assays with the emerging high-throughput technologies has still more to promise on finer elaborations of these issues."

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2012. 47 p.
Series
Trita-BIO-Report, ISSN 1654-2312 ; 2012:7
Keyword
Dog, wolf, dingo, mtDNA, NRY, SNP, Madagascar, Australia, domestication
National Category
Genetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-95688 (URN)978-91-7501-349-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-06-08, Hilarp hörsal, Retzius väg 8, Solna, 13:00 (English)
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Supervisors
Funder
Knut and Alice Wallenberg FoundationSwedish Research Council
Note

QC 20120529

Available from: 2012-05-29 Created: 2012-05-28 Last updated: 2013-09-24Bibliographically approved

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