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Heterochromatin, Sex Chromosomes and rRNA Gene Clusters in Coprophanaeus Beetles (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae)
  • Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
  • Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE)
  • Univ Pernambuco UPE
  • Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)
  • Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
  • Fundação de Amparo à Ciência e Tecnologia do Estado de Pernambuco (FACEPE)
  • Programa de Fortalecimento Academico da UPE (PFAUPE)
  • Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
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FACEPE: BPD-003.2.02/08 e APQ-0464-2.02/10
Repetitive DNA sequences constitute a high fraction of eukaryotic genomes and are considered a key component for the chromosome and karyotype evolution. For a better understanding of their evolutionary role in beetles, we examined the chromosomes of 5 species of the genus Coprophanaeus by C-banding, fluorochrome staining CMA(3)/DA/DAPI, and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) with probes for 18S and 5S rRNA genes. The Coprophanaeus species have identical chromosome numbers and a conserved chromosome morphology. However, they show different sex chromosome forms, XY, Xy, XYp, and heterochromatin seems to be involved in the origin and diversification of these forms. C-banding showed primarily the presence of di-phasic chromosomes in all species examined. After CMA(3)/DA/DAPI staining, 1-9 autosomal pairs showed CMA(3)-positive blocks depending on the species, while DAPI-positive blocks were detected only in Coprophanaeus dardanus. FISH mapping revealed 5S rDNA signals in one autosomal pair in each species, whereas the number of pairs with 18S rDNA signals varied from 1-8 between the Coprophanaeus species. Our results suggest that distinct genetic mechanisms had been involved in the karyotype evolution of Coprophanaeus species, i.e. mechanisms maintaining the conserved number of 5S rDNA clusters and those generating variability in the amount of heterochromatin, sex chromosome forms, and distribution of 18S rDNA clusters. Copyright (C) 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel
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Cytogenetic and Genome Research. Basel: Karger, v. 138, n. 1, p. 46-55, 2012.
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  • Chromosomal evolution
  • Comparative cytogenetics
  • Karyotype
  • Meiosis
  • Multigene family
  • Repetitive DNA
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