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Genetics. 2008 Dec;180(4):1849-57. doi: 10.1534/genetics.108.095893. Epub 2008 Oct 9.

A and C genome distinction and chromosome identification in brassica napus by sequential fluorescence in situ hybridization and genomic in situ hybridization.

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Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 2JQ, United Kingdom.


The two genomes (A and C) of the allopolyploid Brassica napus have been clearly distinguished using genomic in situ hybridization (GISH) despite the fact that the two extant diploids, B. rapa (A, n = 10) and B. oleracea (C, n = 9), representing the progenitor genomes, are closely related. Using DNA from B. oleracea as the probe, with B. rapa DNA and the intergenic spacer of the B. oleracea 45S rDNA as the block, hybridization occurred on 9 of the 19 chromosome pairs along the majority of their length. The pattern of hybridization confirms that the two genomes have remained distinct in B. napus line DH12075, with no significant genome homogenization and no large-scale translocations between the genomes. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH)-with 45S rDNA and a BAC that hybridizes to the pericentromeric heterochromatin of several chromosomes-followed by GISH allowed identification of six chromosomes and also three chromosome groups. Our procedure was used on the B. napus cultivar Westar, which has an interstitial reciprocal translocation. Two translocated segments were detected in pollen mother cells at the pachytene stage of meiosis. Using B. oleracea chromosome-specific BACs as FISH probes followed by GISH, the chromosomes involved were confirmed to be A7 and C6.

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