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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1990 Nov;87(21):8247-51.

Electrophoretic karyotype for Dictyostelium discoideum.

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Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, NJ 08544-1003.


This paper reports on the separation of the Dictyostelium discoideum chromosomes by pulse-field electrophoresis and the correlation of the electrophoretic pattern with linkage groups established by classical genetic methods. In two commonly used laboratory strains, five chromosome-sized DNA molecules have been identified. Although the majority of the molecular probes used in this study can be unambiguously assigned to established linkage groups, the electrophoretic karyotype differs between the closely related strains AX3k and NC4, suggesting that chromosomal fragmentation may have occurred during their maintenance and growth. The largest chromosome identified in this study is approximately 9 million base pairs. To achieve resolution with molecules of this size, programmed voltage gradients were used in addition to programmed pulse times.

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