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


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.

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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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Saleem, S., Shahid, A.A., Shafique, M. et al. Phylogenetic analysis and haplotype diversity in Christian residents of Lahore, Pakistan, using 17 Y-chromosomal STR loci. Int J Legal Med 134, 521–522 (2020).

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  • Haplotype diversity
  • Y-chromosomal STRs
  • Polymorphism
  • Christian population