Microsatellite instability generates diversity in brain and sociobehavioral traits.

  title={Microsatellite instability generates diversity in brain and sociobehavioral traits.},
  author={Elizabeth A D Hammock and Larry E. Young},
  volume={308 5728},
Repetitive microsatellites mutate at relatively high rates and may contribute to the rapid evolution of species-typical traits. We show that individual alleles of a repetitive polymorphic microsatellite in the 5' region of the prairie vole vasopressin 1a receptor (avpr1a) gene modify gene expression in vitro. In vivo, we observe that this regulatory polymorphism predicts both individual differences in receptor distribution patterns and socio-behavioral traits. These data suggest that individual… CONTINUE READING
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