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Genetics. 2003 Nov; 165(3): 1533–1540.
PMCID: PMC1462840

Partial diploidization of meiosis in autotetraploid Arabidopsis thaliana.


Meiosis was analyzed cytogenetically in autotetraploids of Arabidopsis, including both established lines and newly generated autotetraploid plants. Fluorescent in situ hybridization with 5S and 45S rDNA probes was used to identify the different chromosomes at metaphase I of meiosis. Multivalents were observed frequently in all the lines analyzed, but there were significant differences in multivalent frequency not only between the newly generated tetraploids and the established lines but also among the different established lines. The new tetraploids showed high multivalent frequencies, exceeding the theoretical 66.66% predicted by the simple random-end pairing model, in some cases significantly, thus indicating that Arabidopsis autotetraploids have more than two autonomous pairing sites per chromosome, despite their small sizes. The established lines showed fewer multivalents than the new autotetraploids did, but the extent of this reduction was strongly line and chromosome dependent. One line in particular showed a large reduction in multivalents and a concomitant increase in bivalents, while the other lines showed lesser reductions in multivalents. The reduction in multivalents was not uniformly distributed across chromosomes. The smaller chromosomes, especially chromosomes 2 and 4, showed the most marked reductions while the largest chromosome (1) showed virtually no reduction compared to the new tetraploids. It is concluded that the established autotetraploid lines have undergone a partial diploidization of meiosis, but not necessarily genetical diploidization, since their creation. Possible mechanisms for the resulting change in meiotic chromosome behavior are discussed.

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