The contribution by P. Sánchez-Velasco and E. Gomez-Casado was equal and the order of authorship is arbitrary.
HLA alleles in isolated populations from North Spain: Origin of the Basques and the ancient Iberians
Article first published online: 12 MAY 2003
Volume 61, Issue 5, pages 384–392, May 2003
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Sanchez-Velasco, P., Gomez-Casado, E., Martinez-Laso, J., Moscoso, J., Zamora, J., Lowy, E., Silvera, C., Cemborain, A., Leyva-Cobián, F. and Arnaiz-Villena, A. (2003), HLA alleles in isolated populations from North Spain: Origin of the Basques and the ancient Iberians. Tissue Antigens, 61: 384–392. doi: 10.1034/j.1399-0039.2003.00041.x
Correspondence and HLA haplotype analyses: the aforementioned populations are more related to each other than to Spaniards and also are genetically close to North Africans. Pasiegos show a slight degree of admixture with central and western Europeans. The origin of these populations is regarded as being either a remnant of the primitive Spanish population (ancient Iberians) or of North African refugees. The first theory is more feasible because there are no records of a prolonged Muslim invasion in these areas during the Middle Ages.
- Issue published online: 12 MAY 2003
- Article first published online: 12 MAY 2003
- Received 13 July 2002, revised 4 October 2002, accepted for publication 17 December 2002
- North Africans;
Abstract: HLA-A, -B, -DRB1, -DQA1 and -DQB1 alleles have been studied in three relatively isolated populations of northern Spain from Cantabria ( Pas Valleys inhabitants or Pasiegos and Cabuernigos) and from the Basque Country (Arratia Valley inhabitants). These populations have been compared with neighbouring ones and other Mediterraneans by using neighbour-joining dendrograms and plane genetic distances.