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Mol Biol Evol. 2012 Jul;29(7):1721-33. doi: 10.1093/molbev/mss024. Epub 2012 Jan 27.

Coalescent-based analysis distinguishes between allo- and autopolyploid origin in Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris).

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Department of Evolutionary Functional Genomics, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.


Polyploidization plays an important role in plant speciation. The most recent estimates report that up to 15% of angiosperm speciation events and 31% in ferns are accompanied by changes in ploidy level. Polyploids can arise either through autopolyploidy, when the sets of chromosomes originate from a single species, or through allopolyploidy, when they originate from different species. In this study, we used two different coalescent-based methods to determine the date and mode of the polyploidization event that led to the tetraploid cosmopolitan weed, Capsella bursa-pastoris. We sampled 78 C. bursa-pastoris accessions, and 53 and 43 accessions from the only two other members of this genus, C. grandiflora and C. rubella, respectively, and sequenced these accessions at 14 unlinked nuclear loci with locus-specific primers in order to be able to distinguish the two homeologues in the tetraploid. A large fraction of fixed differences between homeologous genes in C. bursa-pastoris are segregating as polymorphisms in C. grandiflora, consistent with an autopolyploid origin followed by disomic inheritance. To test this, we first estimated the demographic parameters of an isolation-with-migration model in a pairwise fashion between C. grandiflora and both genomes of C. bursa-pastoris and used these parameters in coalescent simulations to test the mode of origin of C. bursa-pastoris. Second, we used Approximate Bayesian Computation to compare an allopolyploid and an autopolyploid model. Both analyses led to the conclusion that C. bursa-pastoris originated less than 1 Ma by doubling of the C. grandiflora genome.

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