A high-resolution karyotype of Brassica rapa ssp. pekinensis revealed by pachytene analysis and multicolor fluorescence in situ hybridization

Theor Appl Genet. 2004 Nov;109(7):1346-52. doi: 10.1007/s00122-004-1771-0. Epub 2004 Sep 10.


A molecular cytogenetic map of Chinese cabbage (Brassica rapa ssp. pekinensis, 2 n=20) was constructed based on the 4'-6-diamino-2-phenylindole dihydrochloride-stained mitotic metaphase and pachytene chromosomes and multicolor fluorescence in situ hybridization (McFISH), using three repetitive DNA sequences, 5S rDNA, 45S rDNA, and C11-350H. The lengths of mitotic metaphase chromosomes ranged from 1.46 microm to 3.30 microm. Five 45S and three 5S rDNA loci identified were assigned to different chromosomes. The C11-350H loci were located on all the mitotic metaphase chromosomes, except chromosomes 2 and 4. The pachytene karyotype consisted of two metacentric (chromosomes 1 and 6), five submetacentric (chromosomes 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10), two subtelocentric (chromosomes 7 and 8), and one acrocentric (chromosome 2) chromosome(s). The mean lengths of ten pachytene chromosomes ranged from 23.7 microm to 51.3 microm, with a total of 385.3 microm, which is 17.5-fold longer than that of the mitotic metaphase chromosomes. In the proposed pachytene karyotype, all the chromosomes of B. rapa ssp. pekinensis can be identified on the basis of chromosome length, centromere position, heterochromatin pattern, and the location of the three repetitive sequences. Moreover, the precise locations of the earlier reported loci of 5S rDNA, 45S rDNA, and Chinese cabbage tandem DNA repeat C11-350H were established using McFISH analysis. We also identified a 5S rDNA locus on the long arm of pachytene bivalent 7, which could not be detected in the mitotic metaphase chromosomes in the present and earlier studies. The deduced karyotype will be useful for structural and functional genomic studies in B. rapa.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Brassica rapa / genetics*
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes, Plant / genetics
  • DNA, Plant / genetics
  • In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence / methods*
  • Karyotyping
  • Plant Roots / genetics
  • Sensitivity and Specificity


  • DNA, Plant