Diversity, differentiation, and linkage disequilibrium: prospects for association mapping in the malaria vector anopheles arabiensis

Marsden, C. D., Lee, Y., Kreppel, K., Ferguson, H. M. , Eskin, E., Lanzaro, G. C., Weakley, A. and Cornel, A. (2014) Diversity, differentiation, and linkage disequilibrium: prospects for association mapping in the malaria vector anopheles arabiensis. Genes Genomes Genetics, 4(1), pp. 121-131. (doi: 10.1534/g3.113.008326)

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Association mapping is a widely applied method for elucidating the genetic basis of phenotypic traits. However, factors such as linkage disequilibrium and levels of genetic diversity influence the power and resolution of this approach. Moreover, the presence of population subdivision among samples can result in spurious associations if not accounted for. As such, it is useful to have a detailed understanding of these factors before conducting association mapping experiments. Here we conducted whole-genome sequencing on 24 specimens of the malaria mosquito vector, Anopheles arabiensis, to further understanding of patterns of genetic diversity, population subdivision and linkage disequilibrium in this species. We found high levels of genetic diversity within the An. arabiensis genome, with ~800,000 high-confidence, single- nucleotide polymorphisms detected. However, levels of nucleotide diversity varied significantly both within and between chromosomes. We observed lower diversity on the X chromosome, within some inversions, and near centromeres. Population structure was absent at the local scale (Kilombero Valley, Tanzania) but detected between distant populations (Cameroon vs. Tanzania) where differentiation was largely restricted to certain autosomal chromosomal inversions such as 2Rb. Overall, linkage disequilibrium within An. arabiensis decayed very rapidly (within 200 bp) across all chromosomes. However, elevated linkage disequilibrium was observed within some inversions, suggesting that recombination is reduced in those regions. The overall low levels of linkage disequilibrium suggests that association studies in this taxon will be very challenging for all but variants of large effect, and will require large sample sizes.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kreppel, Dr Katharina and Ferguson, Professor Heather
Authors: Marsden, C. D., Lee, Y., Kreppel, K., Ferguson, H. M., Eskin, E., Lanzaro, G. C., Weakley, A., and Cornel, A.
Subjects:Q Science > QL Zoology
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Genes Genomes Genetics
Journal Abbr.:G3
Publisher:Genetics Society of Korea
ISSN (Online):2092-9293
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 The Authors
First Published:First published in Genes Genomes Genetics
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
511183Environmental and genetic basis of malaria transmitting behaviours in Anopheles arabiensis mosquitoesHeather FergusonNational Institute of Health (NIH-GA)201015556-1 UGRI BIODIVERSITY ANIMAL HEALTH & COMPMED