Genetic diversity and statistical parameters of 15 autosomal STR loci in the Pomeranian subpopulation of Espirito Santo State, Brazil.
ABSTRACT Allelic frequencies and other population data analysis are reported for the 15 autosomal Short Tandem Repeats (STR) loci included in the PowerPlex(®)16 kit (CSF1PO, D13S317, D16S539, D18S51, D21S11, D3S1358, D5S818, D7S820, D8S1179, FGA, Penta D, Penta E, TPOX, TH01 and vWA) in Pomeranian's descendants from the Espirito Santo State (ES), Brazil, third largest population of Pomeranian's descendants in the world. They chose the mountain region of the state for their preferred geographic location, and they have a very peculiar lifestyle with a selective mating behavior which has maintained their characteristics as a relatively pure subpopulation. Blood samples were obtained from 82 unrelated volunteers from 11 different cities of Espirito Santo State, where there are the Pomeranian's descendants. All 15 loci analyzed showed Power of Discrimination (PD) values > 0.75. Except the TPOX locus, all analyzed loci were at Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. This subpopulation has not yet been characterized for STR allelic frequencies used for forensic and genetic identification studies.