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Petr Ráb, Cassia F Yano, Sébastien Lavoué, Oladele I Jegede, Luiz A C Bertollo, Tariq Ezaz, Zuzana Majtánová, Ezequiel A de Oliveira, Marcelo B Cioffi
The monophyletic order Osteoglossiformes represents one of the most ancestral groups of teleosts and has at least 1 representative in all continents of the southern hemisphere, with the exception of Antarctica. However, despite its phylogenetic and biogeographical importance, cytogenetic data in Osteoglossiformes are scarce. Here, karyotype and chromosomal characteristics of the lower Niger River population of the African butterfly fish Pantodon buchholzi, the sole species of the family Pantodontidae (Osteoglossiformes), were examined using conventional and molecular cytogenetic approaches...
October 7, 2016: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
Alfredo Pauciullo, Christoph Knorr, Angela Perucatti, Alessandra Iannuzzi, Leopoldo Iannuzzi, Georg Erhardt
The natural occurrence of live hybrid offsprings between sheep and goats has been documented in literature, however all the studies have reported the mating of goats with rams, whereas the reciprocal cross was never documented. This study reports on a very rare case of interspecies hybridization occurred between a ewe (2n = 54, XX) and a buck (2n = 60, XY). The hybrid, born in a German flock under natural conditions, is characterised by an intermediate karyotype (2n = 57, XX). The CBA-banding has shown 3 metacentric and 54 acrocentric chromosomes, whereas the GTG- and RBA-banding have revealed that the autosomes involved in the hybrid combination were CHI1, 3; CHI2, 8 and CHI5, 11 corresponding to the metacentric chromosomes OAR1, OAR2 and OAR3...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jamille A Bitencourt, Iracilda Sampaio, Robson T C Ramos, Marcelo Ricardo Vicari, Paulo Roberto A de M Affonso
American soles (family Achiridae) have been characterized by remarkable chromosomal variation even though several species lack basic cytogenetic information. This trend indicates that chromosomal traits can be useful to taxonomy once the morphological identification of some taxa in this family (e.g., Achirus species) is controversial. In this work, we expand the cytogenetic data in Achiridae by providing the first karyotypic analysis of Achirus achirus. An unusual multiple sex chromosome system (X1X1X2X2/X1X2Y) was detected, once males presented 2n = 33 with three unpaired chromosomes (X1X2Y) while females presented 2n = 34 with two acrocentric pairs (X1X1 and X2X2) found in hemizygosis in males...
September 27, 2016: Zebrafish
Marjolein van Sluis, Chelly van Vuuren, Brian McStay
3D-immunoFISH is a valuable technique to compare the localization of DNA sequences and proteins in cells where three-dimensional structure has been preserved. As nucleoli contain a multitude of protein factors dedicated to ribosome biogenesis and form around specific chromosomal loci, 3D-immunoFISH is a particularly relevant technique for their study. In human cells, nucleoli form around transcriptionally active ribosomal gene (rDNA) arrays termed nucleolar organizer regions (NORs) positioned on the p-arms of each of the acrocentric chromosomes...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Anne-Marie Dutrillaux, Bernard Dutrillaux
The mitotic karyotypes of 17 species of African Goliathini (Cetoniinae) are described using various chromosome banding techniques. All but one are composed of 20 chromosomes, mostly metacentric, forming a karyotype assumed to be close to that of the Polyphaga ancestor. The most derived karyotypes are those of Goliathus goliatus Drury, 1770, with eight pairs of acrocentrics and Chlorocana africana Drury, 1773, with only14 chromosomes. In species of the genera Cyprolais Burmeister, 1842, Megalorhina Westwood, 1847, Stephanocrates Kolbe, 1894 and Stephanorrhina Burmeister, 1842, large additions of variable heterochromatin are observed on both some particular autosomes and the X chromosome...
2016: Comparative Cytogenetics
M Nirchio, C Oliveira, Z R Siccha-Ramirez, V F Sene, O R Sánchez-Romero, N R Ehemann, V Milana, A R Rossi, L Sola
Cytogenetic and molecular analyses enabled identification of two cytotypes among individuals of the spotted scorpion fish Scorpaena plumieri from Margarita Island, Venezuela. Cytotype 1 was characterized by 48 subtelo-acrocentric chromosomes and fundamental number (number of chromosome arms; FN) equalled 48, while cytotype 2 was characterized by two metacentric and 46 subtelo-acrocentric chromosomes and FN was 50. These cytotypes also differed in the location of the ribosomal gene clusters and in the distribution of the constitutive heterochromatin...
October 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
Mohammad Miryounesi, Mehdi Diantpour, Elahe Motevaseli, Soudeh Ghafouri-Fard
BACKGROUND: Robertsonian translocations are structural chromosomal abnormalities caused by fusion of two acrocentric chromosomes. In carriers of such translocations, different modes of segregations would result in the formation of either balanced (alternate segregation mode) or unbalanced (adjacent 1, adjacent 2, and 3:1 segregation modes) gametes. In addition, there is an increased risk for imprinting disorders in their offspring. Although it has been estimated that 1/1000 healthy persons carry a Robertsonian translocation, homozygosity for this type of structural chromosomal abnormality has been reported rarely...
July 2016: Journal of Reproduction & Infertility
Luana Pereira Dos Santos, Carine Mendonça Francisco, Jonathan Pena Castro, Patrícia Barbosa, Sandra Morelli, Luiz Antonio de Oliveira, Roberto Ferreira Artoni
Accessing the taxonomy of fish is a basic condition for the conservation of species, and the understanding of their evolutionary relationships. Many Neotropical species of fishes of the order Characiformes are considered incertae sedis because of a lack of consistent evidence of monophyly, with the genus Astyanax among them. With a cytotaxonomic and evolutionary purpose, we compared the karyotype of two species of Astyanax: Astyanax paranae and Astyanax elachylepis. Conventional cytogenetic analyses revealed 2n = 50 chromosomes for the two species, with interspecific and interpopulation karyotype variations...
July 25, 2016: Zebrafish
Isac Silva de Jesus, Milena Ferreira, Caroline Garcia, Leila Braga Ribeiro, José Antônio Alves-Gomes, Eliana Feldberg
Microsternarchus bilineatus is a neotropical electric fish species widely distributed in Amazonian ecosystems. This work reports the first karyotypic description of the species M. bilineatus, which presented 2n = 48 chromosomes, with a distinct karyotypic formula between the sexes: males with 21 metacentric (m)/submetacentric (sm) + 27 subtelocentric (st)/acrocentric (a) and fundamental number (FN) = 69 and females with 20 m/sm + 28 st/a and FN = 68. We found a probable recent sex system of XX/XY type...
July 25, 2016: Zebrafish
Jörg Bohlen, Vendula Šlechtová, Vlastimil Šlechta, Vera Šlechtová, Alexandr Sember, Petr Ráb
One of the most efficient mechanisms to keep animal lineages separate is a difference in ploidy level (number of whole genome copies), since hybrid offspring from parents with different ploidy level are functionally sterile. In the freshwater fish family Botiidae, ploidy difference has been held responsible for the separation of its two subfamilies, the evolutionary tetraploid Botiinae and the diploid Leptobotiinae. Diploid and tetraploid species coexist in the upper Yangtze, the Pearl River and the Red River basins in China...
2016: PloS One
William Ziccardi, Chongjian Zhao, Valery Shepelev, Lev Uralsky, Ivan Alexandrov, Tatyana Andreeva, Evgeny Rogaev, Christopher Bun, Emily Miller, Catherine Putonti, Jeffrey Doering
Human alpha satellite (AS) sequence domains that currently function as centromeres are typically flanked by layers of evolutionarily older AS that presumably represent the remnants of earlier primate centromeres. Studies on several human chromosomes reveal that these older AS arrays are arranged in an age gradient, with the oldest arrays farthest from the functional centromere and arrays progressively closer to the centromere being progressively younger. The organization of AS on human chromosome 21 (HC21) has not been well-characterized...
September 2016: Chromosome Research
Xinyu Yan, Wenbin Meng, Fenfang Wu, Anlong Xu, Shangwu Chen, Shengfeng Huang
We investigated the nuclear DNA content and genetic diversity of a river lamprey, the Korean lamprey Lampetra morii, which is distributed in the northeast of China. L. morii spends its whole life cycle in fresh water, and its adult size is relatively small (~160 mm long) compared with that of other lampreys. The haploid nuclear DNA content of L. morii is 1.618 pg (approximately 1.582 Gb) in germline cells, and there is ~15% germline DNA loss in somatic cells. These values are significantly smaller than those of Petromyzon marinus, a lamprey with a published draft genome...
2016: PloS One
Dalvi Rupa, Koppaka Neeraja, Chavan Deepak, Mandava Swarna
BACKGROUND: Balanced non-robertsonian translocation (RT), involving acrocentric chromosomes, is a rare event and only a few cases are reported. Most of the RTs are balanced involving acrocentric chromosomes with the breakpoints (q10;q10). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Chromosome analysis was performed as per standard procedure - Giemsa-trypsin banding with 500 band resolution was analyzed for chromosome identification. RESULTS: In the present study, we report a rare balanced non-RTs involving chromosomes 13 and 15 with cytogenetic finding of 46, XX, t(13;15) (p11...
April 2016: Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences
Alexander G Bugrov, Ilyas E Jetybayev, Gayane H Karagyan, Nicolay B Rubtsov
Although previous cytogenetic analysis of Pamphagidae grasshoppers pointed to considerable karyotype uniformity among most of the species in the family, our study of species from Armenia has discovered other, previously unknown karyotypes, differing from the standard for Pamphagidae mainly in having unusual sets of sex chromosomes. Asiotmethis turritus (Fischer von Waldheim, 1833), Paranocaracris rubripes (Fischer von Waldheim, 1846), and Nocaracris cyanipes (Fischer von Waldheim, 1846) were found to have the karyotype 2n♂=16+neo-XY and 2n♀=16+neo-XX, the neo-X chromosome being the result of centromeric fusion of an ancient acrocentric X chromosome and a large acrocentric autosome...
2016: Comparative Cytogenetics
M I Pigozzi, L Del Priore
Meiotic recombination in female ducks was directly studied by immunolocalization of MLH1 protein, a mismatch repair protein of mature recombination nodules. In total, 6820 crossovers were scored along the autosomal synaptonemal complexes in 122 meiotic nuclei. From this analysis we predict that the female map length of the duck is 2845 cM, with a genome wide recombination rate of 2 cM/Mb. MLH1-focus mapping along the six largest bivalents shows regional variations of recombination frequencies that can be linked to differences in chromosome morphology...
June 2016: Genetica
Adauto Lima Cardoso, Hagi Lopescu Silva Carvalho, Thayse Cristine Melo Benathar, Suellen Maria Gales Serrão, Cleusa Yoshiko Nagamachi, Julio Cesar Pieczarka, Leandro Melo de Sousa, Jonathan Stuart Ready, Renata Coelho Rodrigues Noronha
The diversity of Hypancistrus species in the Xingu River is remarkable and the variation in color morphs represents a real challenge to taxonomists to delimit species boundaries. One of the most recognizable Hypancistrus complexes is the worm-lined species, known in the aquarium trade as King Tiger Plec in English, Hypancistrus "pão" in Portuguese or under the L-numbers L066 and L333 that represent two melanic pigment pattern phenotypes. To assess the identity of these two phenotypes, we described their karyotypes and sequenced part of the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase I gene (DNA barcode)...
June 2016: Zebrafish
Stephanie Huang, Kara Juneau, Patrick E Bogard, Kelli A Davies, Eric T Wang, Christopher B Kingsley, Craig A Struble, Arnold Oliphant, Jacob M Zahn, Kypros H Nicolaides
OBJECTIVE: To develop a noninvasive prenatal testing improvement that allows identification of Robertsonian translocation carriers. METHODS: Blood samples from 191 subjects, including 7 pregnant and 9 non-pregnant Robertsonian translocation carriers, were analyzed for fetal trisomy and Robertsonian translocation status. Digital Analysis of Selected Regions (DANSR™) assays targeting sequences common to the p arms of 5 acrocentric chromosomes were developed and added to existing DANSR assays...
2016: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Gustavo Souza, Andre L L Vanzela, Orfeo Crosa, Marcelo Guerra
The genera Nothoscordum and Ipheion (Allioideae, Amaryllidaceae) are cytologically characterized by a dysploid series with variable numbers of metacentric and acrocentric chromosomes typical of karyotypes rearranged by Robertsonian translocations (RT). Since they have large chromosomes, low diploid numbers, and possess two telomeric motifs [the vertebrate-type (TTAGGG) n and the Arabidopsis-type (TTTAGGG) n ] they are suitable for investigating the occurrence and possible role of interstitial telomeric sites (ITS) associated with RT...
April 2016: Genetica
Akira Kanamori, Yosuke Sugita, Yasufumi Yuasa, Takamasa Suzuki, Kouichi Kawamura, Yoshinobu Uno, Katsuyasu Kamimura, Yoichi Matsuda, Catherine A Wilson, Angel Amores, John H Postlethwait, Koushirou Suga, Yoshitaka Sakakura
The mangrove killifish Kryptolebias marmoratus, and its close relative Kryptolebias hermaphroditus, are the only vertebrate species known to reproduce by self-fertilization due to functional ovotestis development. To improve our understanding of their genomes, we constructed a genetic map. First, a single F1 fish was made by artificial fertilization between K. marmoratus and K. hermaphroditus strains. F2 progeny were then obtained by self-fertilization of the F1 fish. We used RAD-seq to query genomic DNAs from the two parental strains, the F1 individual and 49 F2 progeny...
2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Manolo Penitente, Sandro N Daniel, José A Senhorini, Fausto Foresti, Fábio Porto-Foresti
The population of Prochilodus lineatus found in the Mogi-Guaçu River is karyotypically polymorphic, carrying acrocentric, metacentric, and submetacentric B chromosomes. The analysis of each B chromosome frequency in this species revealed a variation in the distribution pattern, with the metacentric type having the highest frequency (73.30%), followed by submetacentric (25.22%) and acrocentric B chromosomes (1.48%). The transmission pattern of the supernumerary chromosomes was identified by controlled crosses, and it was shown that the acro- and submetacentric B chromosomes have a transmission pattern below the Mendelian rate (kB = 0...
2015: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
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