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Online Journal of Veterinary Research©
4 (4): 139-141, 2000.
A major histocompatibility
(MHC) microsatellite locus in Brushtail
Possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) .
Mary K-P Lam1*,
Robert E. Hickson 2, Philip E. Cowan3
and Desmond W. Cooper1
Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University,
Sydney 2109, Australia. 2 Wallaceville
Animal Research Centre, AgResearch PO Box 40063,
Upper Hutt, New Zealand (Present address: ERMA NZ, PO
Box 131 Wellington, New
Zealand.)3 Landcare Research, Private Bag 11052, Palmerston
North, New Zealand.
Lam MKP, Hickson RE, Cowan
PE, Cooper DW.,
A MHC-linked microsatellite
locus in Brushtail Possums (Trichosurus vulpecula, Online
J Vet Res 4:139-141,
infectious diseases threatening human health such as the spread of bovine
tuberculosis by brushtail possums
in New Zealand
is an issue of concern. We report for the first time a microsatellite marker in the possum Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC). The marker is in a
sequence similar to the red necked wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus)
DAB1 gene. This microsatellite marker shows high levels of variability in
two New Zealand
populations of brushtail possums. The potential of
this marker for studying immune response, disease susceptibility and population
genetics in the possum is discussed.
KEY WORDS: Trichosurus vulpecula,
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