Phylogenetic analysis and haplotype diversity in Christian residents of Lahore, Pakistan, using 17 Y-chromosomal STR loci

  • Samia Saleem
  • Ahmad Ali Shahid
  • Muhammad ShafiqueEmail author
  • Aqsa Rubab
  • Faqeeha Javed
  • Tayyab Husnain
Population Data


This population data pertains to 250 unrelated male residents of the Christian population of Lahore, Pakistan. AmpF/STR®Yfiler PCR amplification kit was utilized for evaluation of 17 Y-chromosomal STRs loci. Ancestral lineages and parameters of forensic importance were examined leading to recognition of 135 unique out of 175 total haplotypes with diversity value of 0.991. All Y-STRs portrayed high discrimination power where DYS385 depicted the maximum value of 0.917. Multidimensional Scaling (MDS) and Analysis of Molecular Variance (AMOVA) were generated using YHRD (Y-Chromosome STR Haplotype Reference Database) tools. A pair-wise genetic distance comparison using Rst, Fst, and associated p values lead to the conclusion that studied Christian community was significantly demarcated from the rest of the global populations.


Haplotype diversity Y-chromosomal STRs Polymorphism Christian population 



The authors acknowledge the volunteers and management of St. Francis Catholic Church and St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Lahore, for their cooperation and moral support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samia Saleem
    • 1
  • Ahmad Ali Shahid
    • 1
  • Muhammad Shafique
    • 1
    Email author
  • Aqsa Rubab
    • 1
  • Faqeeha Javed
    • 1
  • Tayyab Husnain
    • 1
  1. 1.Forensic DNA Typing Research Laboratory, Centre of Excellence in Molecular BiologyUniversity of the PunjabLahorePakistan

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