Meiotic pairing behavior of two free duplications of linkage group I in Caenorhabditis elegans

Mol Gen Genet. 1984;195(1-2):52-6. doi: 10.1007/BF00332723.


In this paper we describe the meiotic pairing behavior of two free duplications in Caenorhabditis elegans. sDp1 is a duplication of approximately 30 map units of the right portion of linkage group I including unc-74 to unc-54. This duplication pairs, recombines, and apparently segregates from one of the normal homologues. A second duplication, sDp2, is a duplication of approximately 15 map units of the left portion of the linkage group. sDp2 was not observed to recombine with the normal homologue but did suppress exchange between the two normal homologues in a sDp2/ ++/ dpy-5 unc-35 heterozygote. Although a number of free duplications have been described previously in Caenorhabditis elegans, none of these have been shown to pair with normal homologues. The meiotic behavior of the duplications described in this paper can be understood assuming the existence in C. elegans chromosomes of pairing sites of the type described in D. melanogaster chromosomes (I. Sandler 1956; Hawley 1980).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Alleles*
  • Animals
  • Caenorhabditis / genetics*
  • Caenorhabditis / physiology
  • Crosses, Genetic
  • Disorders of Sex Development
  • Female
  • Genetic Linkage*
  • Male
  • Meiosis*