Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 131, Issue 3–4, pp 243–259 | Cite as

C-band distribution, DNA content and base composition inAdoxa moschatellina (Adoxaceae), a plant with cold-sensitive chromosome segments

  • Johann Greilhuber


The chromosomes ofAdoxa moschatellina (2n = 36, paleo-4x) contain mostly terminal, occasionally intercalary, negatively heteropycnotic cold-induced regions which correspond to all major C-bands including the satellites, as revealed by sequential analysis. Positively C-stained are also centromeres, the dotlike arms of the 7 telocentric chromosome pairs, and some very narrow intercalary bands; their cold-sensitivity is hardly traceable. There exists a fraction of condensed interphase chromatin, at least after chilling, which is virtually not C-banded (possibly condensed euchromatin).

The DNA amount is 14.3 pg (1 C). The heterochromatin content is 13.0%. The thermal melting profile (Tm corresponding to 38.6% GC) does not reveal a particular AT- or GC-rich fraction. Significantly, the heterochromatin respond to the Hy-banding procedure is neutral.

The distribution of cold-sensitive regions in plants was analysed with the “arm-frame method”: Intercalary positions, clearly, are not especially favoured regions. The obvious deficiency at centromeric positions may depend on the action of natural selection against mechanically labile centromeric regions.

Key words

Aaoxaceae Adoxa moschatellina Giemsa C-banding patterns cold-induced regions heterochromatin DNA content base composition telocentric chromosomes chromosome organization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Johann Greilhuber
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  1. 1.Institut für BotanikUniversity WienWienAustria

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