Exploring mitochondrial DNA variation in the Italian Peninsula

Francesca Brisighelli, V. Álvarez Iglesias, Cristian Capelli, Francesca Scarnicci, Ilaria Boschi, D. Luiselli, P. Garagnani, A. Carracedo, A. Salas, Vincenzo Lorenzo Pascali

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The genetic structure of Italy appears to be mainly shaped by pre-Roman historical events. The studies carried out so far show a major North-South cline, possibly the result of two distinct main demic processes: the first colonisation of the area during the Palaeolithic period and the subsequent Neolithic expansion from the Middle East. However, the demographic contribution of these events is still a matter of debate. We here report mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) data from nine population groups covering the main Italian regions: Central Liguria (N = 50), East Friuli (N = 51), South Latium (N = 48), Central Marche (N = 53), West Calabria (N = 50), Central Campania (N = 50), South Apulia (N = 53), and two populations from Sicily (East and West Sicily, N = 40 each). Haplogroup frequency spectra indicate clear differences at a regional level and haplotype sharing among populations is low. © 2008 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)264-265
Numero di pagine2
RivistaForensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2008


  • Italy
  • gene frequency
  • gene sequence
  • genetic variability
  • haplotype
  • human
  • mitochondrial DNA, article
  • priority journal


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