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Genomics. 1992 May;13(1):49-61.

Physical mapping of genes to specific chromosomes in Dictyostelium discoideum.

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Department of Biology, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla 92093-0322.


Cloned genes were used to probe a highly redundant library of large cloned fragments of the Dictyostelium discoideum genome carried in yeast artificial chromosomes (YACs). Each gene recognized several independent YAC clones, thereby grouping them into a contig. Individual YACs were arranged within the contig by positioning genes relative to rare restriction sites and the YAC ends. Genes that had been previously assigned to one of the six linkage groups by parasexual genetics were used to establish physically mapped regions on specific chromosomes. Previously unmapped genes were assigned to specific chromosomes when they recognized members of a mapped contig. Linkage was confirmed by congruence of large-scale restriction maps centered on either the previously mapped or the newly mapped genes. At present, the chromosome-assigned map segments comprise approximately 50% of the genome. About half of each map segment is covered by overlapping YACs.

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