NOR associations with heterochromatin

C. M. Tuck-Muller, B. L. Bordson, M. Varela, J. W. Bennett

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Abstract

Associations between nucleolus organizer regions (NORs) and non-acrocentricchromosomes were scored in 2,800 mctaphasc spreads from PHA-stimulated lymphocyte cultures (48 h) from 14 individuals. The preparations were both silver stained and C-banded. In order to calculate the expected values for associations, the ratio of heterochromatin length to euchromatin length was established for each subject. Individual C-band lengths and centromeric lengths were also determined. When silver connective (SC) associations with heterochromatin were compared to SC associations with euchromatin, the number of associations with heterochromatin was significantly greater than expected (P < 0.000001) for each subject. The SC associations were not distributed randomly over the heterochromatin of the non-acrocentrics. Chromosomes 1 and 2 had significantly more than expected. Chromosomes 17, 18, 19, 20, and the Y had fewer than expected. NOR associations with dichromatic segments also showed a nonrandom pattern of distribution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-170
Number of pages6
JournalCytogenetic and Genome Research
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)

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