Y-chromosome DNA haplotypes in north African populations.

Original article


Lucotte G, Aouizerate A, Berriche S.

International Institute of Anthropology, Paris, France.

Hum Biol. 2000 Jun;72(3):473-80.


The frequency distribution of Y-chromosome haplotypes at DNA polymorphism p49/TaqI was studied in a sample of 505 North Africans from Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. A particularly high frequency (55.0%) of Y-haplotype 5 (A2, C0, D0, F1, I1) was observed in these populations, with a relative predominance in those of Berber origin. Examination of the relative frequencies of other haplotypes in these populations, mainly haplotype 4 (the “African” haplotype), haplotype 15 (the “European” haplotype), and haplotypes 7 and 8 (the “Near-East” haplotypes), permit useful comparisons with neighboring peoples living in sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and the Near East.

Keywords: Y Chromosome,DNA polymorphism