Maternal Inheritance

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Maternal inheritance is a group of conceptually related phenomena associated with uniparental inheritance of organelle genomes, cytoplasmic elements, symbionts, substances, and factors, as well as parent-of-origin gene expression effects, and maternally controlled genomic imprinting. Some of these inherited elements direct early ontogeny of an embryo, while others require sufficient offspring development to have an effect. To the extent that such inheritance causally influences development of offspring, they become maternal effects. Despite general conceptual similarity, the types of maternal inheritance have widely distinct mechanisms and evolutionary and genetic consequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBrenner's Encyclopedia of Genetics
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9780080961569
ISBN (Print)9780123749840
StatePublished - Feb 27 2013


  • Development
  • Epigenetic
  • Evolution
  • Genomic imprinting
  • Maternal effects
  • Mitochondria
  • Parent-of-origin effect
  • Parent-offspring conflict
  • Sexual conflict

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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