Phylogenetic analysis of the mammalian Hoxc8 non-coding region
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- Kim, CB., Shashikant, C.S., Sumiyama, K. et al. J Struct Func Genom (2003) 3: 195. doi:10.1023/A:1022635623260
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.