Inheritance of hexose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase polymorphism in brook trout

John J. Stegeman*, Erwin Goldberg

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Electrophoretic analysis reveals two alleles, HpdJuicey,s-1, for the H6PD gene in brook trout from Newfoundland, with the HpdBanff-1 allele predominant. In contrast, the population from Brotkork Lake, Quebec, possesses five alleles for H6PD, including HpdBanff-1 and HpdJuicey's-1. The additional alleles are designated HpdBrotkork-1, HpdBrotkork-2, and HpdBrotkork-3. The description of these variants brings to seven the number of known alleles for the H6PD gene in brook trout from Canadian waters. Evidence indicates that H6PD is inherited tetrasomically in the Brotkork population, while in the hatchery population from Banff (Stegeman and Goldberg, 1971) this enzyme may be disomically inherited. We suggest that the difference between the two populations can be explained either by the occurrence of a Robertsonian fusion event or by the loss of duplicated copies of the H6PD gene in the population from which the Banff hatchery stocks were drawn.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-288
Number of pages10
JournalBiochemical Genetics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1972

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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