Genetic polymorphisms of 32 Y-STR loci in Meizhou Hakka population


Using AGCU Y24 Plus PCR Amplification Kit, 32 Y short tandem repeat (STR) loci were analyzed in 355 unrelated male participants of Meizhou city in Guangdong Province of China. By analyzing 341 different haplotypes, it was found that haplotype diversity (HD) and discrimination capacity (DC) were 0.9995 and 0.9605, respectively. Population relationships were analyzed by comparing Hakka population with ten other populations. The results indicate that Meizhou Hakka population was closely related to Guangdong Han population. These data were valuable for both forensic applications and population genetics.

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The authors are very grateful to all sample donors for their contributions to this work and all those who helped with sample collection. We also thank Xiaoying Yang, Chao Liu, and Yuanjian Huang, for their help with the manuscript’s revision.


This work was supported by a grant from the Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant no.81501627) and Innovative training program for College Students (Grant no. 201712121301).

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Correspondence to Ling Chen.

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• Three hundred fifty-five unrelated Meizhou Hakka males were detected by AGCU Y24 Plus Kit containing 32 Y-STR loci.

• A total of 341 different haplotypes were found and the haplotype diversity (HD) and discrimination capacity (DC) were 0.9995 and 0.9605, respectively.

• Meizhou Hakka population has the close genetic relationships with Southern China Han population.

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Du, W., Wu, W., Wu, Z. et al. Genetic polymorphisms of 32 Y-STR loci in Meizhou Hakka population. Int J Legal Med 133, 465–466 (2019).

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  • Short tandem repeats
  • Y chromosome
  • Meizhou Hakka