Satellite DNA sequences flank amplified DHFR domains in marker chromosomes of mouse fibrosarcoma cells

P. Riva, S. Orlando, T. Labella, L. Larizza

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This study centers on marker chromosomes carrying expanded chromosomal regions which were observed in two independent derivatives of the AA12 murine fibrosarcoma line, the 10-3 M MTX-res H2 and the 5×10-7 M MTX-res E. Previous characterization of the marker chromosomes of MTX-res variants showed their common derivation from a marker chromosome (m) of the parental line, endowed with two interstitial C-bands. Cytogenetic evidence pointed to one C-band of m as the site involved in the chromosomal rearrangements leading to the HSR/ASR chromosomes. ISH of a3H-labeled satellite DNA probe allowed satellite sequences flanking the HSR/ASR in the marker chromosomes, where the C-band was no longer visible, to be detected. FISH experiments using biotinylated DHFR and satellite DNA probes showed that the respective target sequences are contiguous in new marker chromosomes. They also allowed inter- and intrachromosomal rearrangements to be seen at DHFR amplicons and satellite sequences. Double-color FISH using digoxygenated satellite DNA and biotinylated pDHFR7 showed that in a marker chromosome from the H2 cell line the two target sequences are not only adjacent, but closer than 3 Mb, as indicated by overlapping of the different fluorescence signals given by the two probes. Another marker chromosome in the E variant was shown to display a mixed ladder structure consisting of a head-to-head tandem of irregularly-sized satellite DNA blocks, with two symmetrical interspersed DHFR clusters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-16
Number of pages8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1994


  • DHFR amplification
  • fluorescence in situ hybridization
  • marker chromosomes
  • satellite DNA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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