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Y Chromosome Evolution

  1. Vladimir A Gvozdev

Published Online: 14 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0020740



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Gvozdev, V. A. 2008. Y Chromosome Evolution. eLS. .

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  1. Institute of Molecular Genetics, Moscow, Russia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 MAR 2008


The evolution of the Y chromosomes of different taxa (humans, plants and Drosophila) is considered as well as the degeneration processes that affected the autosomal ancestor (proto-Y chromosome). The acquisition of testis-expressed genes and their amplifications on the Y chromosome are discussed. In spite of the differences and the specificity of evolutionary forces driving their diversification, the molecular studies of the Y chromosomal structures reveal some unexpected similarities in different evolutionary lineages.


  • Y chromosome;
  • degenerate genes;
  • ampliconic sequences;
  • heterochromatin;
  • loss of recombination