International Journal of
Genetics and Molecular Biology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Genet. Mol. Biol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9863
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJGMB
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 131

Full Length Research Paper

Evidence of over-dominance for sickle cell trait in a population sample from Buenaventura, Colombia

Diana Carolina Ortega
  • Diana Carolina Ortega
  • Grupo de Genetica Molecular Humana, Departamento de Biologia - Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia.
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Cristian Fong
  • Cristian Fong
  • Grupo de Genetica Molecular Humana, Departamento de Biologia - Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia.
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Heiber Cardenas
  • Heiber Cardenas
  • Grupo de Genetica Molecular Humana, Departamento de Biologia - Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia.
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Guillermo Barreto
  • Guillermo Barreto
  • Grupo de Genetica Molecular Humana, Departamento de Biologia - Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia.
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  •  Received: 19 December 2014
  •  Accepted: 02 February 2015
  •  Published: 28 February 2015

Abstract

Sickle cell disease is a hereditary disease caused by a hemoglobin variant, known as hemoglobin S. This hemoglobin variant has a high frequency in areas where malaria is prevalent, because heterozygous genotype has a protective action against malaria infection. We evaluated evidence of over-dominance or deviation from Hardy- Weinberg equilibrium for the HbS gene in Buenaventura, an afro-descendent population with actual medium endemicity of malaria, located in the Colombian Pacific Coast. 820 healthy individuals were analyzed (from eight months to 80 years old) from Buenaventura, Colombia, and the β -globin locus was genotyped by PCR-RFLP. It was analyzed to establish deviation from Hardy – Weinberg and selection coefficient. Hemoglobin S frequency was 3.1% and the population was found in Hardy- Weinberg equilibrium. However, the selection coefficient for allele S decreased its value of 1 (under 12 years old) to 0.625 (13 to 17 years old), similar to the selection coefficient of allele A (s1=0.61). Although the total population found in H-W equilibrium, there was a decrease in the coefficient of selection on hemoglobin S in the range of 13 to 17 years old, which is within the age range of the greatest malaria infection in this population. This may be an indication of a selection to the S over-dominance hemoglobin possibly, at least in this age group of the population.

 
Keys words: Hemoglobin S, Buenaventura, malaria resistant, over-dominance, fitness, selection coefficient.