Y-chromosome Genotyping and Genetic Structure of Zhuang Populations

Department of Pathophysiology, Guangxi Medical University, Nanning 530021, China.
Acta Genetica Sinica 01/2007; 33(12):1060-72. DOI: 10.1016/S0379-4172(06)60143-1
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Zhuang, the largest ethnic minority population in China, is one of the descendant groups of the ancient Bai-Yue. Linguistically, Zhuang languages are grouped into northern and southern dialects. To characterize its genetic structure, 13 East Asian-specific Y-chromosome biallelic markers and 7 Y-chromosome short tandem repeat (STR) markers were used to infer the haplogroups of Zhuang populations. Our results showed that O*, O2a, and O1 are the predominant haplogroups in Zhuang. Frequency distribution and principal component analysis showed that Zhuang was closely related to groups of Bai-Yue origin and therefore was likely to be the descendant of Bai-Yue. The results of principal component analysis and hierarchical clustering analysis contradicted the linguistically derived north-south division. Interestingly, a west-east clinal trend of haplotype frequency changes was observed, which was supported by AMOVA analysis that showed that between-population variance of east-west division was larger than that of north-south division. O* network suggested that the Hongshuihe branch was the center of Zhuang. Our study suggests that there are three major components in Zhuang. The O* and O2a constituted the original component; later, O1 was brought into Zhuang, especially eastern Zhuang; and finally, northern Han population brought O3 into the Zhuang populations.

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    • "Zhuang is the largest minority in China and mainly lives in the northwest of Guangxi province, with a population of around 15 millions. Due to a long-term isolation by huge mountains or rivers over the past millennia, Zhuangs have differentiated into several distinct branches with significant heterogeneity in culture, custom, lifestyle, dietary habit, morbility and mortality [23-25]. For instance, the Yongnan Zhuangs residing in Fusui, a county along the southern bank of Yongjiang River, are prone to liver cancer which contributes to a higher mortality [26], whereas Bama Zhuangs inhabiting the Honghuihe River Basin have often been spared from major age-related diseases and have prolonged lifespan [27-29]. "
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