Cosegregation of Robertsonian metacentric chromosomes in the first meiotic division of multiple heterozygous male mice as revealed by FISH analysis of spermatocyte II metaphases

M. Scascitelli, F. Pacchierotti, M. Rizzoni, B. Gustavino, F. Spirito

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Contrasting results (random segregation or cosegregation of isomorphic chromosomes) have been reported up to now on the segregation pattern of Robertsonian metacentric chromosomes of Mus musculus domesticusin multiple heterozygotes, using different approaches (karyotypical analysis of the progeny or of second meiotic metaphases). In the present contribution data are presented based on FISH (Fluorescence In Situ Hybridisation) analysis with telomeric probes, which allowed us to distinguish metacentric chromosomes from pairs of acrocentric chromosomes with their centromeric regions close to each other. Probes were hybridized to DAPI stained meta-phases of spermatocytes II of mice heterozygous for two, three or four Robertsonian metacentrics in an all-acrocentric background, the karyotype of which has been reconstructed starting from laboratory strains. Isomorphic chromosomes tend to cosegregate (metacentrics with metacentrics, acrocentrics with acrocentrics); the values found for cosegregation have a clear even if moderate effect on the reproductive isolation caused by underdominant chromosomal rearrangements. Copyright © 2003 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136 - 142
Number of pages7
JournalCytogenetic and Genome Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)

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