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Selective pressures on the olfactory receptor repertoire since the human-chimpanzee divergence.


ABSTRACT: The availability of the sequence of the chimpanzee genome provides an opportunity to examine human genes and their chimpanzee orthologs and to analyze selective pressures that have been shaping the olfactory receptor repertoire since the human-chimpanzee divergence. We determined the ratio of nonsynonymous to synonymous changes for each of 186 orthologous pairs and then examined how the distribution of these ratios compares with the distribution expected under neutral drift. Consistent with the diminishing importance of olfaction for these species, we find no evidence for positive selection and we find evidence of weak purifying selection affecting over half of the repertoire.

SUBMITTER: Gimelbrant AA 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC428465 | BioStudies | 2004-01-01T00:00:00Z

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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