Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) was for the first time used to study the chromosomal location of the 45S (18S–5.8S–26S) and 5S ribosomal genes in the genomes of five flax species of the section Linum (syn. Protolinum and Adenolinum). In L. usitatissimum L. (2n = 30), L. angustifolium Huds. (2n = 30), and L. bienne Mill. (2n = 30), a major hybridization site of 45S rDNA was observed in the pericentric region of a large metacentric chromosome. A polymorphic minor locus of 45S rDNA was found on one of the small chromosomes. Sites of 5S rDNA were colocalized with those of 45S rDNA, but direct correlation between signal intensities from the 45S and 5S rDNA sites was observed only in some cases. Other 5S rDNA sites mapped to two chromosomes in these flax species. In L. grandiflorum Desf. (2n = 16) and L. austriacum L. (2n = 18), large regions of 45S and 5S rDNA were similarly located on a pair of homologous satellite-bearing chromosomes. An additional large polymorphic site of 45S and 5S rDNA was found in the proximal region of one arm of a small chromosome in the L. usitatissimum, L. angustifolium, and L. bienne karyotypes. The other arm of this chromosome contained a large 5S rDNA cluster. A similar location of the ribosomal genes in the pericentric region of the pair of satellite-bearing metacentrics confirmed the close relationships of the species examined. The difference in chromosomal location of the ribosomal genes between flax species with 2n = 30 and those with 2n = 16 or 18 testified to their assignment to different sections. The use of ribosomal genes as chromosome markers was assumed to be of importance for comparative genomic studies in cultivated flax, a valuable crop species of Russia, and in its wild relatives.
Russian Journal of Genetics – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 18, 2004
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