Organization and Variation of the Mitochondrial Control Region in Two Vulture Species, Gypaetus barbatus and Neophron percnopterus

Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) Science Article 7


We report the first entire mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) control region sequences in two endangered vulture species, the bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) and the Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus). Results showed that the general organization of vulture control regions was very similar to other birds, with three distinct domains: a left variable domain (DI), a central conserved one (DII) including the F, E, D, and C boxes, and a right domain (DIII) containing the CSB1 sequence. However, due to the presence of longtandem repeats, vulture control regions differed from other avian control regions both in size and nucleotide composition.

S. ROQUES, J. A. GODOY, J. J. NEGRO, AND F. HIRALDO, Journal of Heredity 2004:95(4):332-337

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