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The genetic control of the supernatant form of aspartate aminotransferase (AAT) was studied in the cutthroat trout (Salmo clarki) through a series of experimental matings. 509 individuals of eight families were examined to determine (1) the number of loci, (2) the mode of inheritance (i.e. disomic or tetrasomic), and (3) the linkage relationship of the loci involved. The variation observed is controlled by a duplicated locus resulting from a presumed tetraploid event of an ancestral salmonid. The inheritance experiments revealed .the presence of two disomic loci rather than a single tetrasomic locus. indicating that disomy has been reestablished for the chromosomes carrying the AAT loci. The two families in which linkage between these loci could be tested displayed significant nonrandom segregation between these loci with an estimated frequency of recombination of 30.6x,. These results are discussed in regard to the proposed evolution of tetraploidy in the family Salmonidae.


Copyright 1976 Fred W. Allendorf and Fred M. Utter

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