Analysis of ploidy (in megabase chromosomes) in Trypanosoma brucei after genetic exchange

Hope, M., MacLeod, A. , Leech, V., Melville, S., Sasse, J., Tait, A. and Turner, C. M. R. (1999) Analysis of ploidy (in megabase chromosomes) in Trypanosoma brucei after genetic exchange. Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology, 104(1), pp. 1-9. (doi:10.1016/S0166-6851(99)00103-6) (PMID:10589977)

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Abstract

The megabase chromosomes of Trypanosoma brucei are normally diploid, but the extent to which this ploidy is maintained when parasites undergo genetic exchange is not known. To investigate this issue, a panel of 30 recombinant clones resulting from the co-transmission through tsetse flies of three different parental T. brucei lines in all pair-wise combinations (STIB 247, STIB 386 and TREU 927/4) were examined. These clones are products of 28 different mating events; four of them result from self-fertilisation and the others are F1 hybrids. DNA contents of the three parental lines were determined by flow cytometry and shown to differ only slightly with DNA content increasing in the order 927/4 < 247 < 386. Flow cytometry of the recombinant clones indicated DNA contents were similar to the parents in 28 clones and raised approximately 1.5 times the parental values in only two. The two F1 hybrid progeny with raised DNA contents were shown by marker analysis to be trisomic for seven independent loci indicating that they were probably triploid whereas progeny with DNA contents similar to parental values inherited a single allele from each parent for four independent loci indicating that they were diploid.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:MacLeod, Professor Annette and Tait, Professor Andy
Authors: Hope, M., MacLeod, A., Leech, V., Melville, S., Sasse, J., Tait, A., and Turner, C. M. R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
Journal Name:Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
Publisher:Elsevier BV
ISSN:0166-6851
ISSN (Online):1872-9428
Published Online:03 November 1999

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