Open Access Research article

Analysis of human meiotic recombination events with a parent-sibling tracing approach

Yun-Shien Lee12, Angel Chao3, Chun-Houh Chen4, Tina Chou4, Shih-Yee Mimi Wang5 and Tzu-Hao Wang23*

Author affiliations

1 Department of Biotechnology, Ming Chuan University, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan

2 Genomic Medicine Research Core Laboratory (GMRCL), Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan

3 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lin-Kou Medical Center, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan

4 Institute of Statistical Science, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

5 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, White Memorial Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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BMC Genomics 2011, 12:434  doi:10.1186/1471-2164-12-434

Published: 26 August 2011



Meiotic recombination ensures that each child inherits distinct genetic materials from each parent, but the distribution of crossovers along meiotic chromosomes remains difficult to identify. In this study, we developed a parent-sibling tracing (PST) approach from previously reported methods to identify meiotic crossover sites of GEO GSE6754 data set. This approach requires only the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data of the pedigrees of both parents and at least two of children.


Compared to other SNP-based algorithms (identity by descent or pediSNP), fewer uninformative SNPs were derived with the use of PST. Analysis of a GEO GSE6754 data set containing 2,145 maternal and paternal meiotic events revealed that the pattern and distribution of paternal and maternal recombination sites vary along the chromosomes. Lower crossover rates near the centromeres were more prominent in males than in females. Based on analysis of repetitive sequences, we also showed that recombination hotspots are positively correlated with SINE/MIR repetitive elements and negatively correlated with LINE/L1 elements. The number of meiotic recombination events was positively correlated with the number of shorter tandem repeat sequences.


The advantages of the PST approach include the ability to use only two-generation pedigrees with two siblings and the ability to perform gender-specific analyses of repetitive elements and tandem repeat sequences while including fewer uninformative SNP regions in the results.