Plant Molecular Biology

, Volume 62, Issue 6, pp 859–866

Telomere-length regulation in inter-ecotype crosses of Arabidopsis


DOI: 10.1007/s11103-006-9061-7

Cite this article as:
Maillet, G., White, C.I. & Gallego, M.E. Plant Mol Biol (2006) 62: 859. doi:10.1007/s11103-006-9061-7


Telomeres, the nucleoprotein complexes at the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes, are maintained at a species-specific equilibrium length. Arabidopsis thaliana is a self-fertilizing plant and different geographical isolates or ecotypes show differing telomere-lengths. We have exploited this telomere-length polymorphism between Arabidopsis ecotypes to investigate the genetic regulation of telomere length by analysing telomere lengths in 16 different inter-ecotype crosses between plants with differing telomere sizes. With two exceptions, the inter-ecotype hybrid plants present a new telomere-length set point, intermediate between that of the two parents. A regulation mechanism thus shortens the longer and lengthens the shorter telomeres.


Telomere length Arabidopsis Ecotypes 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNRS UMR6547Université Blaise PascalAubiereFrance

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