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A Linkage Map of the Asian Tiger Mosquito (<i>Aedes albopictus</i>) Based on cDNA Markers

Ian W. Sutherland, Akio Mori, John Montgomery, Karen L. Fleming, Jennifer M. Anderson, Jesus G. Valenzuela, David W. Severson and William C. Black IV

in Journal of Heredity

Published on behalf of American Genetic Association

Volume 102, issue 1, pages 102-112
Published in print January 2011 | ISSN: 0022-1503
Published online December 2010 | e-ISSN: 1465-7333 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esq105
A Linkage Map of the Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus) Based on cDNA Markers

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The Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes (Stegomyia) albopictus (Skuse), is an important vector of a number of arboviruses, and populations exhibit extreme variation in adaptive traits such as egg diapause, cold hardiness, and autogeny (ability to mature a batch of eggs without blood feeding). The genetic basis of some of these traits has been established, but lack of a high-resolution linkage map has prevented in-depth genetic analyses of the genes underlying these complex traits. We report here on the breeding of 4 F1 intercross mapping families and the use of these to locate 35 cDNA markers to the A. albopictus linkage map. The present study increases the number of markers on the A. albopictus cDNA linkage map from 38 to 73 and the density of markers from 1 marker/5.7 cM to 1 marker/2.9 cM and adds 9, 16, and 10 markers to the 3 linkage groups, respectively. The overall lengths of the 3 linkage groups are 64.5, 76.5, and 71.6 cM, respectively, for a combined length of 212.6 cM. Despite conservation in the order of most genes among the 4 families and a previous mapping family, we found substantial heterogeneity in the amount of recombination among markers. This was most marked in linkage group I, which varied between 16.7 and 69.3 cM. A map integrating the results from these 4 families with an earlier cDNA linkage map is presented.

Keywords: Aedes albopictus; cDNA markers; linkage map; SSCP analysis

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Subjects: Genetics and Genomics

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