The molecular identification of the midget chromosome from the rye genome
Francki, M.G. and Langridge, P. (1994) The molecular identification of the midget chromosome from the rye genome. Genome, 37 (6). pp. 1056-1061.
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The diminutive "midget" chromosome is found in plants containing a wheat nuclear genome with a substituted rye cytoplasm. This cytoplasmic substituted line arose during successive backcrossing of a wheat/rye amphiploid to wheat as the recurrent male parent. Southern and in situ hybridization with a dispersed repeat sequence specific for rye, R173, indicates that the midget chromosome originates from within the rye genome. Various DNA markers previously mapped to group 1 chromosomes of wheat and barley were used to trace the origin of the midget chromosome from within the rye genome. Ten short arm and 36 long arm probes were used and one marker was identified, which hybridizes to the midget chromosome and maps to the proximal region of the long arm of chromosome 1R. An additional marker was generated from a genomic library of the line containing the midget chromosome. This also maps to the long arm of 1R. The results indicate that the midget chromosome contains a small segment of the long arm of chromosome 1R.Key words: midget chromosome, RFLP markers, chromosome 1R, repeated DNA sequence.
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