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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2011, 12(8), 5255-5260; doi:10.3390/ijms12085255
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Sinanodonta woodiana (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Unionidae): Isolation and Characterization of the First Microsatellite Markers

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1 Molecular Biology Department, “Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History, Kiseleff Street, No 1, Bucharest 011341, Romania 2 Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Bucharest, 91-95 Spl. Independentei, Bucharest 050095, Romania 3 Faculty of Biology, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, 22, Carol I Boulevard, Iaşi RO 700505, Romania These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 6 July 2011 / Revised: 25 July 2011 / Accepted: 4 August 2011 / Published: 17 August 2011
(This article belongs to the Section Bioinorganic Chemistry)
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Abstract

Sinanodonta woodiana (Lea, 1834) is a large Unionid species with a real invasion success. It colonized Europe, Central America, the Indonesian Islands and recently North America. The species life cycle involves a larval parasitic stage on freshwater fish species which contributes to the spread of the mussel. In this paper we describe, for the first time, eight polymorphic microsatellite loci for the species Sinanodonta woodiana. The genetic screening of individuals confirmed that all loci were highly polymorphic. The number of alleles per locus ranged from 7 to 14 and the observed heterozygosity ranged from 0.650 to 0.950. These loci should prove useful to study the species population genetics which could help to infer important aspects of the invasion process.
Keywords: invasive species; microsatellite; population genetics; range expansion; native area invasive species; microsatellite; population genetics; range expansion; native area
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Popa, O.P.; Popa, L.O.; Krapal, A.-M.; Murariu, D.; Iorgu, E.I.; Costache, M. Sinanodonta woodiana (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Unionidae): Isolation and Characterization of the First Microsatellite Markers. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2011, 12, 5255-5260.

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