Differential introgression of uniparentally inherited markers in bison populations with hybrid ancestries. Academic Article uri icon


  • Historical hybridization between Bison bison (bison) and Bos taurus (cattle) has been well documented and resulted in cattle mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) introgression, previously identified in six different bison populations. In order to examine Y chromosome introgression, a microsatellite marker (BYM-1) with non-overlapping allele size distributions in bison and cattle was isolated from a bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) clone, and was physically assigned to the Y chromosome by fluorescence in situ hybridization. BYM-1 genotypes for a sample of 143 male bison from 10 populations, including all six populations where cattle mtDNA haplotypes were previously identified, indicated that cattle Y chromosome introgression had not occurred in these bison populations. The differential permeability of uniparentally inherited markers to introgression is consistent with observations of sterility among first generation hybrid males and a sexual asymmetry in the direction of hybridization favouring matings between male bison and female cattle.

published proceedings

  • Anim Genet

author list (cited authors)

  • Ward, T. J., Skow, L. C., Gallagher, D. S., Schnabel, R. D., Nall, C. A., Kolenda, C. E., ... Derr, J. N.

citation count

  • 27

complete list of authors

  • Ward, TJ||Skow, LC||Gallagher, DS||Schnabel, RD||Nall, CA||Kolenda, CE||Davis, SK||Taylor, JF||Derr, JN

publication date

  • April 2001