Visual verification of close disposition between a rice A genome-specific DNA sequence (TrsA) and the telomere sequence

Plant Mol Biol. 1997 Dec;35(6):963-8. doi: 10.1023/a:1005822504690.


A rice A genome-specific tandem repeat sequence (TrsA) and telomeric nucleotide sequences, (TTTAGGG)n, were simultaneously detected by multicolor fluorescence in situ hybridization (McFISH) using rice prometaphase chromosomes. Six pairs of TrsA sites visualized by fluorescence signals were all localized on the long arms close to the telomeric regions. Differences in the copy number of TrsA at the different sites were visualized both by the size of the telomeric condensation block stained with Giemsa solution and the signal intensity after FISH with TrsA. McFISH analyses using interphase nuclei could resolve close disposition of TrsA and telomere and also gave rough estimation of the distance between them. The functional significance of the close disposition of TrsA and telomere is discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Chromosome Mapping / methods*
  • DNA, Plant / analysis*
  • Genome, Plant*
  • In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence
  • Oryza / chemistry
  • Oryza / genetics*
  • Repetitive Sequences, Nucleic Acid*
  • Telomere / chemistry*


  • DNA, Plant