Biochemical Genetics

, Volume 13, Issue 3–4, pp 235–242 | Cite as

Inheritance of erythrocyte glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase in the red-necked wallaby, Macropus rufogriseus (Desmarest), consistent with paternal X inactivation

  • P. G. Johnston
  • J. L. VandeBerg
  • G. B. Sharman


Data are presented on a polymorphism for erythrocyte glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) in a kangaroo species. Only one of the two alleles is expressed in any individual regardless of its sex. Population and breeding data are consistent with the hypothesis of X linkage of the locus, with the paternally derived X chromosome being inactive in erythroblasts of females.

Key words

kangaroo marsupial glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) paternal X inactivation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. G. Johnston
    • 1
  • J. L. VandeBerg
    • 1
  • G. B. Sharman
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesMacquarie UniversityNorth RydeAustralia

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