Allele frequencies for twelve STR loci in two Bulgarian populations: Bulgarians and Karakachani
Pereira, Joana; Baltova, Sofia; Scheil, Hans-Georg Schmidt; Dieter Huckenbeck, Wolfgang
The allele frequencies of 12 STRs (D2S1338, D3S1358, D5S818, D8S1179, D16S539, D18S51, D19S433, D21S11, FGA, TH01, TPOX, VWA) from two Bulgarian population samples are presented: ethnic Bulgarians and Karakachani. The descent of Karakachani is not known. They are regarded as descendants of an older Balkan population, or that they may have nearer genetic relationships to the Aromuns. Using the allele frequencies of the 12 STR polymorphisms, the genetic relationships of Bulgarians and Karakachani to other Balkan populations have been studied. The results are compared with other population data, including two Aromun populations. While the Bulgarians show nearer relationships to other South Slavonian populations, there are no hints for nearer relationships between the Karakachani and other Balkan populations, especially the Aromuns. So, based on the 12 STRs, there is no indication for a closer relationship between Karakachani and Aromuns.