High-resolution flow karyotyping and chromosome sorting in Vicia faba lines with standard and reconstructed karyotypes

J. Doležel, S. Lucretti

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Flow cytometric analysis has been performed on chromosomes isolated from formaldehyde-fixed root tips in a Vicia faba (2n = 12) line with a standard (wild-type) karyotype and in six V. faba translocation lines with reconstructed karyotypes. The resolution of individual chromosome types on histograms of chromosome fluorescence intensity (flow karyotypes) depended on the type of fluorochrome used for chromosome staining. The highest degree of resolution was achieved with 4′,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI). The lower resolution obtained after staining with mithramycin A (MIT) and propidium iodide (PI) was probably due to the sensitivity of these stains to changes in chromatin structure induced by formaldehyde fixation. After the staining with DAPI, only 1 chromosome type could be discriminated in the line with a standard karyotype. In the translocation lines, the number of chromosome types resolved on flow karyotypes ranged from 2 in the G and the ACB lines to all (6) chromosome types in the EFK and EF lines. Refined flow karyotyping permitted the sorting of a total of 15 different chromosome types from five of the translocation lines. It is expected that flow sorting of chromosomes from reconstructed karyotypes will become a powerful tool in the study of nuclear genome organisation in V. faba. © 1995 Springer-Verlag.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)797 - 802
Number of pages6
JournalTheoretical And Applied Genetics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - May 1995
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Genetics

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