The non-coding intergenic regions of Hox genes are remarkably conserved among mammals. To determine the usefulness of this sequence for phylogenetic comparisons, we sequenced an 800-bp fragment of the Hoxc9-Hoxc8 intergenic region from several species belonging to different mammalian clades. Results obtained from the phylogenetic analysis are congruent with currently accepted mammalian phylogeny. Additionally, we found a TC mini satellite repeat polymorphism unique to felines. This polymorphism may serve as a useful marker to differentiate between mammalian species or as a genetic marker in feline matings. This study demonstrates usefulness of a comparative approach employing non-coding regions of Hox gene complexes.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Structural Biology