Data from: MHC variability in an isolated wolf population in Italy

Marco Galaverni, Romolo Caniglia, Elena Fabbri, Silvana Lapalombella & Ettore Randi
Small, isolated populations may experience increased extinction risk due to reduced genetic variability at important functional genes, thus decreasing the population’s adaptive potential. The major histocompatibility complex (MHC), a key immunological gene cluster, usually shows high variability maintained by positive or balancing selection in response to challenges by pathogens. Here we investigated for the first time, the variability of 3 MHC class II genes (DRB1, DQA1, and DQB1) in 94 samples collected from Italian wolves....
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