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Full-sibling allelic frequency and sharing among Madurese: STR technique by 12 locus and the sex-typing amelogenin gene
Egyptian Journal of Forensic Sciences volume 9, Article number: 38 (2019)
Sibling relation over chosen STR loci and localized database is yet to be developed in Indonesia like into many other countries despite the demand of varied ethnic population, catastrophes and civil conflict that call forensic preparedness. The targeted application includes human genomic typing and profile, kinship/sibship relation, forensic applications, individual identification, and or claneology tracing. Consequently, this study devotes on sibship in assessing and establishing preferable STR loci and allelic sharing extent amongst Madurese full sibling.
Materials and methods
One hundred blood samples were used to examine sibling relationship among 50 full siblings (25 pairs) assigned from a total of 100 individuals of 25 Madura families. Sibship relation was done by STR technique profile by 12 loci (CSF1PO, F13B, FES, TH01, TPOX, vWA, D5S818, D7S820, D8S1179, D13S317, D16S539, and D18S51) and a sex-typing amelogenin gene locus
From 300 observations (25 pairs of full-sibling × 12 loci) of genotyped STR allele, of allele sharing, has found 4 STR loci: FES, CSF1PO, F13, and D8S1179 with high-shared allelic frequency in two alleles sharing among twelve STR loci by 52%, 52%, 44%, and 40% respectively. As for the four main loci of full sibling with one allele sharing, i.e, D7S820, D18S51, vWA, and THO1, have a sequence of percentages from large to small as follows: 76%, 76%, 72%, and 60%, respectively. Furthermore, STR locus VWA expressed null shared allele in 24 allele-sharing category. Likewise, F13 and FES both typed null allele in zero allele-sharing category among these full sibling
Through the use of 12 autosomal STR loci, the study has signified the strength of 2 shared allele evidence by 51.2% in establishing sibship and recommend D7S820, VWA, TH01, and D18S51 as STR loci of choice when typing sibling among Madurese.
Short tandem repeats (STRs) loci establishment for individualized population is a tedious and rigorous process. The establishment is significant for a wider purpose including Sibship determination. Despite the fact that genomic variation prevails among ethnicities/geographical boundaries, individual locus and population-based establishment STR paramount the accuracy. As learnt in the existing historical differences of STR loci from the very first set of UK by FSS in 1995 to the latest USA CODIS of 2017 based on their local dedicated project, specific loci standout among the many overlapping STR and world-wide shared locus inclusivity (John M Butler 2006; Hares 2012, 2015; J M Butler and Hill 2012; Agrawal and Khan 2005; John M Butler 2015). Determination of STR locus that is inclusive in a nation help not only to database establishment and point of reference but also to a known set of STR core that effectively discriminates a particular population.
Currently, more than 20,000 STR loci are known as the result of the USA human genetic program that leads to the selection of the 13 STR loci in 1997. This fact, together with identity variability of repeating unit length in STR and allele matching among individuals, propose the likelihood of having significant disparity frequency of different population territories.(United State Department of Homeland Security, 2018) The uniqueness of one population against another suggest a localized and population-based STR derivative however marginalized in number might be against overlapping set voted by other nations (Agrawal and Khan 2005). The practice otherwise is to verify already established and used core sets (i.e., CODIS by FBI) in order to determine the STRs loci with high discrimination power and reference standard to DNA database and profiling inquiries. However, developed forensic laboratories continue to maximize inclusivity for international compatibility, increased discrimination power and reduce mismatched chances in legal summon; exemplified by January 2017 execution of the expanded 20 STR loci (J M Butler and Hill 2012; Hares 2015).
Considering a varied number of application of STR loci; Indonesia, like many other countries, sibling relation over chosen STR loci and localized database is yet developed despite the demand of varied ethnic population and catastrophes that call forensic preparedness, civil, and disasters identification. Also, human genomic typing and profile, kinship relation, forensic applications, and individual identification. Consequently, this study devotes on sibship in assessing allelic relation of a sibling in either identifying the missing person, mixed relatives (brothers/sisters), and or claneology tracing.
This study therefore aims to prompt the establishment of STR loci and allelic sharing extent among Madurese full sibling. The study also proposes a set of preferable STR loci with effective and high matching power of full sibling. The contribution is aided by an allelic frequency of sharing data sheet and graphic presentation among 25 pairs of a full sibling from 25 families.
Materials and methods
Population (Madurese—East Java)
Allele-sharing extent analysis was done on 50 full sibling individuals (25 pairs) assigned from a total of 100 individuals obtained from 25 Madura families that originated from madura island can be seen Indonesian map (Fig 1). Inclusion criteria of the volunteer families were three generation pedigree as native Madurese and availability of parents (both father and mother) with their biological children. Then four individuals from every family were assigned in the project: father, mother and two full siblings. Father and mother were included as control/reference for sibling allelic sharing.
Study clearance and subject consent
Ethical approval to carry out this study is through a clearance number 256/HRECC.FODM/IV/2018 by the Health Research Ethical Clearance Commission of the Faculty of Dental medicine, Universitas Airlangga. All individuals participated in this study consented and permitted dissemination and publication of results. Privacy and volunteers’ confidentiality were adhered too.
A total of 100 blood sample extracted from peripheral blood system was stored in EDTA vacutainer blood collection tube, labeled with letters f, m, and s to denote sample from father, mother, and sibling respectively. Letters differentiated families in chronological order (Table 1).
The DNA extraction process of 100 samples (25 sibling pairs included) followed the described DNAzol Organic method protocol (Chomczynski et al. 1997; Chen et al. 2010; McClintock 2014). Isolated DNA pellet was re-suspended in a 50 μl of distilled water to final volume.
DNA PCR amplification
DNA amplification process by PCR-STR (PowerPlex® 21 Systems, Promega, USA) targeted a specific region of DNA to create number of copies from isolated DNA. Amplification of all 80 samples used 12 autosomal STR loci (CSF1PO, F13B, FES, TH01, TPOX, vWA, D5S818, D7S820, D8S1179, D13S317, D16S539, and D18S51) and a sex typing amelogenin gene locus. PCR system was on MicroAmp® 88 well plate in the GeneAmp® PCR System Bio-Rad T100TM thermal cycler at 2 h and 7 min. The PCR setting was as follows: 96 °C for 2 min, then 94 °C for 1 min, 64 °C for 1 min, 70 °C for 1.5 °min, for 10 cycles, then 90 °C for 1 min, 64 °C for 1 min, 70 °C for 1.5 min, for 30 cycles. DNA polymerized template continued with typing while stored at 4 °C, protocol according to Lorenz (2012).
The resulted PCR products were electrophoresed on Bio-Rad Mini-PROTEAN® vertical electrophoresis (Life Science Group, United Kingdom) under 6% polyacrylamide gel (PAGE) with Silver Nitrate.
Allelic frequency and matching
Profiled DNA was read according to the allele genotype of each STR loci (12 STR) and the sex gene (Amel). The information was then tabled to show the allele genotype of every STR loci to all the 100 volunteers (refer to Table 1). Allele genotype was then matched among sibling (after parents’ comparison) and converted into allelic frequencies to present the number of times allele shared on two alleles, one allele, and zero allele-sharing category (Fig. 2). The three categories were then plotted according to the shared allele on every STR loci then an aggregation of the two, one, and zero allele sharing was figured to the percentage (refer to Fig. 3). Finally, analysis and contribution discussed based on sharing frequencies on each STR used to establish STR of choice for sibship among Madurese.
Description of the chosen population
Madurese is the second largest ethnic group together with Sundanese and Malay after Javanese. The group originated in Madura Island located on the northeast of East Java. The Madura Island experience unique features of socio-cultural diversity, geographical and boundary isolation together with climatic and environmental condition which reflect other many islands. The group forms the 3000 bio-diversified ethnicities of the vast archipelago transcontinental country, Indonesia. The country is on 17,000 islands from Southeast Asia to Australia along the equator between the Pacific and Indian Ocean with average temperature at 22 °C to 32 °C. The tropical country, Indonesia, inhabit the fourth largest population in the world.
Results and discussion
According to Wenk, Traver, and Chiafari (1996), allele sharing in the determination of sibling is of use to strongly establish a relationship when both two alleles are involved. Commenting on practice, it is even further advised that, if possible each community with their respective laboratory should establish their own STR loci that would attain a highly discriminative relation of its individual, one being through sibship relation (Tzeng et al. 2000) and for gender determination, for example, STR5 system by Loci (vWA, TH01, D13S317, D18S51, and D21S11) and amelogenin genes in cell-free fetal DNA (Sosiawan et al. 2018). STR12 loci system analysis is one of the primary technologies for genetic human identification (forensic science, paternity, and some anthropological studies) with good validity, accuracy specificity, and sensitivity (Krenke et al. 2005). However, nowadays, STR12 loci system has been increased to STR24 loci system with better accuracy result (Lu et al. 2012). In Indonesia, STR12 loci system has been established and used for a long time. Meanwhile, STR24 loci system is quite a new system and unavailable in Indonesia, that is the reason this study is using STR12 loci system. Reflecting the principles to our study, efforts are marked as to other world community in finding out the appropriate STR12 loci of choice in forensic practice and database establishment among Madurese of Indonesia.
Analyzing on sibling relation by autosomal and sex gene loci, amel successfully verified the sex/gender of all the 25 family members as to recruited individuality (Table 1). Autosomal STR loci typing present the allelic genotype of the 25 pairs of full siblings in relation to their parents, percentage of sharing and the frequencies of the 12 STR loci (refer Table 1). From 300 observations (25 pairs of full-sibling × 12 loci) of genotyped STR allele, of allele sharing, has found 4 STR loci: FES, CSF1PO, F13, D8S1179 with high shared allelic frequency in two alleles sharing among twelve STR loci by 52%, 52%, 44%, and 40% respectively. As for the four main loci of full sibling with one allele sharing, i.e, D7S820, D18S51, vWA, and THO1 have a sequence of percentages from large to small as follows: 76%, 76%, 72%, and 60% respectively. Furthermore, STR locus VWA expressed null shared allele in 24 allele sharing category. Likewise, F13 and FES both typed null allele in zero allele sharing category among these full sibling (Fig. 2).
The 300 full sibling observations, combined average of shared allele on two, one, and zero allele sharing in full sibling by 12 STR loci is shown in Fig. 3. Presentation of the three allele sharing groups of zero allele sharing, one allele sharing, and two allele sharing demonstrate that one allele were shared the most with highest frequency at 57% throughout 12 STR loci. Two alleles sharing followed the second by 33.33%, zero allele came the last at 12.66% shared allele (Fig. 3). The established trend is gradual from two alleles sharing to zero allele sharing. The demonstration present useful finding in use to attend sibling cases as. This is in agreement with the conclusion that one allele sharing is of great evidence in establishing sibship (Wenk, Traver, and Chiafari 1996). Also, the trend proves the usefulness of determining and typing sibship with large number of STR loci to minimize the chance of rejection while maximizing accuracy, the contrary can lead to typing zero or two allele sharing at high frequency hence reduced precision confidence of sibling establishment (Reid et al. 2004; Maeda et al. 2015). Presence of shared zero allele is an implication to the fact that not always full sibling will be found to share allele as compared to the accuracy of kinship analysis. This is by Mendelian theoretical fact of inheritance (Reid et al. 2008).
Allele frequency from allele sharing in this study were 247 FES, F13, D8S1179, CSF1PO, D16S539, D7S820, and 248 THO1, respectively, 100%, 100%, 92%, 92%, 88%, 88%, 249 and 84% (Table 2). This result is slightly different from the findings of Hameed et al. (2015), D16S539, THO1, vWA, D5S818, D8S1179, D3S1357, CSF1PO, respectively, 88%, 81%, 80%, 77%, 74%, 72%, and 71%. From the sequence to 7 loci from the 2 studies there are 4 similar loci that can be used as references, namely, D8S1179, CSF1PO, D16S539, and THO1.
Table 3 shows that the mean locus obtained from the examination of 12 full locus sibling is 10.52 loci (both 2 allele sharing and 1 allele sharing), with an average allele frequency of 87.33%. This value is still below the standard full sibling examination which has been set by USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services), at 90% (2018). However, the USCIS standard value cannot be used as the basis for excluding full sibling DNA examination results. Other DNA examinations are needed as an additional examination (USCIS, 2018)
Execution of this study in assessing allele-sharing extent and establishment of usability of established STR loci in sibship among Madurese paid consideration to prior recommended STR. The consideration aligned the locally tested and recommended loci for the general population discrimination among Madurese, Indonesia, and other global population for continuity of population genetics research work. For example, Kido et al. (2003) established the usefulness of vWA, TH01, TPOX, and F13A01 (highly polymorphic and useful STR in forensic and paternity examination). The report recommended to be chosen when assessing allelic frequency among Japanese, Bangladeshis, and Indonesians, though some variability emerges on F13B with high frequency at allele 5 compared to allele 6 on F13A of the report. The study also considered 15 STR analyzed among Indonesians and Bangladeshis with exception of FES and F13B (Dobashi et al. 2005) whereby all agreed with Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium to be used in the two populations with the highest discrimination at D21S11 among Indonesians as to D18S51 among Southern Egyptians (Omran, Rutty, and Jobling 2009). However, the Indonesian population is highly dispersed on CODIS STR though specific and different compared to other Asians (Untoro et al. 2009). The specificity necessitates the use of verified STR of choice to attain the inquiry. This is similar to a study by Prastowo et al. (2018) on Madurese over 13 CODIS against two ethnicities. The report acknowledges peculiarity of the group to emphasized narrowed studies for the specificity of STR loci use among Madurese in contribution to Indonesians population database of reference. Of the 12 assessed STR loci in assessing sibling relationship among Madurese with consideration of the established population genetics, this study therefore recommends the use of FES, F13, D8S1179, and CSF1PO, and the four STR loci showed evidence to have high discrimination among individuals with maximum efficiency when typing for sibling relationship. Confident of recommendation is also supported in the finding of high-frequency typing of the shared allele on the two allele sharing compared to one allele sharing (Reid et al. 2004) (Fig. 4)
When assessing for sibling relationship, careful consideration has to be on the localized confirmed STR of use to minimize false-positive typing as not always full sibling will present high frequency of the two sharing allele. For that, every community is supposed to establish the STR loci of choice that better type the gene of her population. The finding of this study therefore recommends the use of FES, F13, D8S1179, and CSF1 when typing sibling among Madurese, though the more STR loci, the more the mismatch chances are reduced. These four STR loci will also help Indonesia when considering to extending its DNA database to sibling relation.
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The authors would like to thank the Indonesia Ministry of Research and High Education for the funding, community of Madura and all volunteered families, Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR), Faculty of Medicine, Faculty Dental Medicine, Postgraduate School (Forensic Science Program) and Human Genetic and Forensic Laboratory of the Institute for Tropical Diseases, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia.
This research has been funded by Penelitian Unggulan Pengguruan Tinggi Negeri (PUPTN), Ministry of Research and Higher Education-Indonesia with award number 200/UN3.14/LT/2018 and Grant Recipient was Ahmad Yudianto, Ph.D.
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Sosiawan, A., Yudianto, A., Furqoni, A.H. et al. Full-sibling allelic frequency and sharing among Madurese: STR technique by 12 locus and the sex-typing amelogenin gene. Egypt J Forensic Sci 9, 38 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s41935-019-0143-5
- Allele sharing
- DNA STR loci
- Full sibling