To investigate the genome of the aphid Megoura viciae at molecular level, we have studied total DNA by agarose gel electrophoresis after cleavage with different restriction endonucleases. EcoRI digestion produced a highly repeated DNA fragment, about 600 bp long. The contribution of this EcoRI element to the total genome of M. viciae was estimated at about 6% by means of densitometric scanning of agarose gel photographs. The chromosomal localization of this fragment, investigated by fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH), constantly showed one large and two narrower fluorescent bands located on the X chromosome, all corresponding to C-positive heterochromatic areas. These results are in full accordance with the data obtained by in situ nick translation experiments carried out after EcoRI digestion, and clearly demonstrate that a substantial amount of M. viciae heterochromatin consists of EcoRI fragments which are mainly located on the X chromosome. Using the EcoRI restriction fragment as a molecular probe may prove to be a practical tool for the investigation of taxonomic and evolutionary relationships in this group of insects.
|Anno di pubblicazione:||1996|
|Titolo:||Chromosomal localization of a highly repeated EcoRI DNA fragment in Megoura viciae (Homoptera, Aphididae) by nick translation and fluorescence in situ hybridization|
|Autori:||D. Bizzaro; GC Manicardi; U. Bianchi|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Articolo su rivista|
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