The house mouse is the source of almost all genetic variation in laboratory mice; its genome was sequenced before that of humans and it has become the model for mammalian speciation. Featuring contributions from leaders in the field, Evolution of the House Mouse provides the evolutionary context necessary to interpret these patterns and processes in the age of genomics. The topics reviewed include mouse phylogeny, phylogeography, origins of commensalism, adaptation and dynamics of secondary contacts between subspecies. Explorations of mouse behaviour cover the nature of chemical and ultrasonic signalling, recognition and social environment. The importance of the mouse as an evolutionary model is highlighted in reviews of the first described example of meiotic drive (t-haplotype) and the first identified mammalian speciation gene (Prdm9). This detailed overview of house mouse evolution is a valuable resource for researchers of mouse biology as well as those interested in mouse genetics, evolutionary biology, behaviour, parasitology and archaeozoology.
List of contributors
Foreword: mice and (wo)men: an evolving relationship R. J. Berry
1. The house mouse and its relatives: systematics and taxonomy Jean-Christophe Auffray and Janice Britton-Davidian
2. Phylogeny and biogeography of the genus Mus in Eurasia Hitoshi Suzuki and Ken P. Aplin
3. On the origin of the house mouse synanthropy and dispersal in the Near East and Europe: zooarchaeological review and perspectives Thomas Cucchi, Jean-Christophe Auffray and Jean-Denis Vigne
4. Origin and genetic status of Mus musculus molossinus: a typical example of reticulate evolution in the genus Mus Hiromichi Yonekawa, Jun J. Sato, Hitoshi Suzuki and Kazuo Moriwaki
5. The complex social environment of female house mice (Mus domesticus) Barbara Konig and Anna K. Lindholm
6. Development of the mouse mandible: a model system for complex morphological structures Christian Peter Klingenberg and Nicolas Navarro
7. Recognition of subspecies status mediated by androgen-binding protein (ABP) in the evolution of incipient reinforcement on the European house mouse hybrid zone Christina M. Laukaitis and Robert C. Karn 8. Mechanisms of chemical communication Pavel Stopka, Romana Stopkova and Katerina Janotova
9. The evolution of MHC diversity in house mice Dustin J. Penn and Kerstin Musolf
10. Ultrasonic vocalizations in house mice: a cryptic mode of acoustic communication Kerstin Musolf and Dustin J. Penn
11. House mouse phylogeography Francois Bonhomme and Jeremy B. Searle
12. The mouse t-haplotype: a selfish chromosome - genetics, molecular mechanism and evolution Bernhard G. Herrmann and Hermann Bauer
13. Tracing recent adaptations in natural populations of the house mouse Meike Teschke, Anna Buntge and Diethard Tautz
14. What can the Mus musculus musculus/M. m. domesticus hybrid zone tell us about speciation? Stuart J. E. Baird and Milos Macholan
15. Behaviour, ecology and speciation in the house mouse Guila Ganem
16. Chromosomal hybrid zones in the house mouse Heidi C. Hauffe, Mabel D. Gimenez and Jeremy B. Searle
17. The role of the X chromosome in house mouse speciation Ayako Oka and Toshihiko Shiroishi
18. New insights into parasitism in the house mouse hybrid zone Joelle Gouy de Bellocq, Alexis Ribas and Stuart J. E. Baird
19. Hybrid male sterility genes in the mouse subspecific crosses Jiri Forejt, Jaroslav Pialek and Zdenek Trachtulec
20. Linkage disequilibrium approaches for detecting hybrid zone movement: a study of the house mouse hybrid zone in southern Bavaria Priscilla K. Tucker, Liuyang Wang, Ken Luzynski and Katherine Teeter
Miloš Macholán is a senior scientist and head of the Laboratory of Mammalian Evolutionary Genetics at the Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and Professor of Zoology at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. He is a recipient of the Otto Wichterle Award for outstanding scientific work.
Stuart J. E. Baird is Associate Professor at the Research Centre for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (CIBIO), University of Porto, Portugal, and Charge de Recherche (premiere classe), INRA, France. He has studied hybridisation on four continents and his current research interests include spatial genetics, speciation and inference from genomic data.
Pavel Munclinger is head of the Department of Zoology at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. He teaches molecular ecology and evolutionary genetics and is particularly interested in mouse transposons and hybrid zones.
Jaroslav Piálek is a senior scientist at the Institute of Vertebrate Biology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Brno. He has developed dozens of wild-derived house mouse strains to study the evolution of genetic incompatibilities at incipient stages of speciation in two European mouse subspecies.