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Cytogenet Cell Genet. 2000;88(1-2):11-4.

Replication banding patterns of the diploid-tetraploid treefrogs Hyla chrysoscelis and H. versicolor.

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Department of Pediatrics/Medical Genetics, East Carolina University School of Medicine, Greenville, NC 27858, USA.


Populations of the diploid-tetraploid treefrogs Hyla chrysoscelis and H. versicolor can be defined by the polymorphic positions of the nucleolar organizing regions (NORs) on their chromosomes. Evidence from NOR positions and interstitial telomere sequence data shows that gene flow between H. chrysoscelis populations appears to be restricted, with contact occurring only in narrow "hybrid" zones. Hyla versicolor appears to have had multiple origins from H. chrysoscelis populations, and this, too, is reflected in the NOR positions. We used replication banding to determine if genetic isolation of H. chrysoscelis populations was accompanied by karyotype evolution in the populations or in contact zones. We also sought to detect karyotype alteration or replication differences associated with polyploidy in H. versicolor. Homologous chromosome pairs of all H. chrysoscelis studied displayed no differences in replication banding patterns, nor did they differ from those of H. versicolor. Although NOR positions differed between the populations studied, no disturbance of the replication banding patterns was found, indicating that structural rearrangements were not involved in creating the multiple NOR positions seen in populations of H. versicolor and H. chrysoscelis.

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