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Data from: Rapid identification of major histocompatibility complex class I haplotypes using deep sequencing in an endangered Old World monkey

Citation

Simons, Noah D. et al. (2017), Data from: Rapid identification of major histocompatibility complex class I haplotypes using deep sequencing in an endangered Old World monkey, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.6r40g

Abstract

Immunogenetic data from wild primate populations have been difficult to obtain, due to logistic and methodological constraints. We applied a well-characterized deep sequencing method for MHC I typing, developed for macaques, to a population of wild red colobus to assess the feasibility of identifying MHC I-A/B haplotypes. Ten individuals produced sufficient data from blood and tissue samples to assign haplotypes. Eighty-two sequences were classified as red colobus MHC I alleles distributed across six MHC I loci. Individuals averaged ~13 k reads across six MHC I loci, with 83 % of all alleles representing either MHC I-A or MHC I-B loci. This study not only represents an important advance in the identification and genotyping of MHC in the endangered red colobus but also shows the potential for using this approach in other endangered wild primates.

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