Allele frequencies of 13 short tandem repeats in population samples from the Iberian Peninsula and Northern Africa

A. Pérez-Lezaun A1, F. Calafell A1, J. Clarimón A1, E. Bosch A1, E. Mateu A1, L. Gusmão A2, A. Amorim A2, N. Benchemsi A3, J. Bertranpetit A1

A1 Unitat de Biologia Evolutiva, Facultat de Ciències de la Salut i de la Vida, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Doctor Aiguader 80, E-08003 Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain) e-mail:, Tel.: +34-93-5422840, Fax: +34-93-5422802
A2 Instituto de Patologia e Imunologia Molecular, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
A3 Centre National de Transfusion Sanguine, Rabat, Morocco


Abstract The 13 short tandem repeat (STR) loci D3S1358, vWA, FGA, D16S539, TH01, TPOX, CSF1PO, D8S1179, D21S11, D18S51, D5S818, D13S317 and D7S820 as well as the amelogenin locus, contained in AmpFlSTR Profiler Plus and/or AmpFlSTR Cofiler and/or AmpFlSTR Green I PCR amplification kits, were studied in four populations from the Iberian Peninsula, Basques, Catalans, Andalusians and Portuguese and two North African populations (Moroccan Arabs and Berbers). The aim of the study was to obtain accurate allele frequency data and other genetic parameters of forensic interest on the main representative human groups living in Iberia and Morocco using an automated method and commercial amplification kits.