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Genet. Sel. Evol.
Volume 33, Number 6, November-December 2001
Page(s) 687 - 694
DOI: 10.1051/gse:2001104

Genet. Sel. Evol. 33 (2001) 687-694

Characterization of Bovidae sex-determining gene SRY

Hanhua Chenga, Huifang Shia, Rongjia Zhoua, Yiqing Guoa, Li Liua, Jiangdong Liua, Yong Jianga, Toshiyuki Kudob and Shizuyo Sutoub

a  Department of Genetics and Center for Developmental Biology, College of Life Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, P. R. China
b  Itoham Central Research Institute, Moriya-machi, Ibaraki-ken 3020104, Japan

(Received 11 October 2000; accepted 5 June 2001)

In mammals, testis determination is under the control of the sex-determining gene SRY. This Y-linked gene encodes a protein with a DNA binding domain similar to those found in high-mobility-group proteins. Here we report the cloning and sequences of the SRY genes of yak and Chinese native cattle. Our data show that SRY genes in Bovidae are less divergent, especially in the coding and 3' regions.

Key words: sex determination / SRY / evolution / Bovidae

Correspondence and reprints: Rongjia Zhou

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