Most frequent South Asian haplotypes of ACE2 share identity by descent with East Eurasian populations

Anshika SrivastaGyaneshwer Chaubey


It was shown that the human ACE2 is the receptor of recent coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and variation in this gene may affect the susceptibility of a population. Therefore, we have analysed whole genome data of World populations focusing South Asia. Genetically, South Asians are more related with the West Eurasian populations rather than East Eurasians. Whereas, for this gene, unexpectedly South Asians are more closer to East Eurasians rather than West Eurasians. The phylogenetic analysis suggested that the majority of South Asian haplotypes are shared with the East Eurasians in the background of two unique event polymorphisms which are responsible for this attraction. The second SNP rs2285666 has marked difference among South Asian vs European/American. Hence, it is highly likely that among the South Asians, the host susceptibility to the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 will be more similar to East/Southeast Asians rather than the Europeans.

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