No evidence for MHC class I-based disassortative mating in a wild population of great tits

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dc.contributor.author Sepil, I en
dc.contributor.author Radersma, R en
dc.contributor.author Santure, Anna en
dc.contributor.author De Cauwer, I en
dc.contributor.author Slate, J en
dc.contributor.author Sheldon, BC en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-08-10T02:54:15Z en
dc.date.available 2015-01-23 en
dc.date.issued 2015-03 en
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 2015, 28 (3), pp. 642 - 654 en
dc.identifier.issn 1010-061X en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29890 en
dc.description.abstract Genes of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) are regarded as a potentially important target of mate choice due to the fitness benefits that may be conferred to the offspring. According to the complementary genes hypothesis, females mate with MHC dissimilar males to enhance the immunocompetence of their offspring or to avoid inbreeding depression. Here, we investigate whether selection favours a preference for maximally dissimilar or optimally dissimilar MHC class I types, based on MHC genotypes, average amino acid distances and the functional properties of the antigen-binding sites (MHC supertypes); and whether MHC type dissimilarity predicts relatedness between mates in a wild great tit population. In particular, we explore the role that MHC class I plays in female mate choice decisions while controlling for relatedness and spatial population structure, and examine the reproductive fitness consequences of MHC compatibility between mates. We find no evidence for the hypotheses that females select mates on the basis of either maximal or optimal MHC class I dissimilarity. A weak correlation between MHC supertype sharing and relatedness suggests that MHC dissimilarity at functional variants may not provide an effective index of relatedness. Moreover, the reproductive success of pairs did not vary with MHC dissimilarity. Our results provide no support for the suggestion that selection favours, or that mate choice realizes, a preference for complimentary MHC types. en
dc.description.uri http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25661713 en
dc.format.medium Print-Electronic en
dc.language English en
dc.publisher Wiley en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Evolutionary Biology en
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dc.subject Animals en
dc.subject Passeriformes en
dc.subject Genetics, Population en
dc.subject Genes, MHC Class I en
dc.subject Reproduction en
dc.subject Molecular Sequence Data en
dc.subject England en
dc.subject Female en
dc.subject Male en
dc.subject Mating Preference, Animal en
dc.title No evidence for MHC class I-based disassortative mating in a wild population of great tits en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/jeb.12600 en
pubs.issue 3 en
pubs.begin-page 642 en
pubs.volume 28 en
dc.description.version VoR - Version of Record en
dc.identifier.pmid 25661713 en
pubs.author-url http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jeb.12600/abstract en
pubs.end-page 654 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 475913 en
pubs.org-id Faculty of Science en
pubs.org-id Biological Sciences en
dc.identifier.eissn 1420-9101 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2016-08-10 en
pubs.online-publication-date 2015-02-23 en
pubs.dimensions-id 25661713 en


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