Biochemical Genetics

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Linkage group IV of fish of the genus Xiphophorus (Poeciliidae): Assignment of loci coding for pyruvate kinase-1, glucosephosphate isomerase-1, and isocitrate dehydrogenase-1

  • Donald C. Morizot
  • Michael J. Siciliano


Electrophoretic variation ascribable to three enzyme loci, coding for a pyruvate kinase (PK1), a glucose phosphate isomerase (GPI1), and an isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH1), was observed in three species of fish of the genus Xiphophorus. Electrophoretic patterns in F1 hybrid heterozygotes confirmed the dimeric structures of GPI and IDH, and indicated a multimeric structure for pyruvate kinase. Variant alleles at the three loci exhibited normal Mendelian segregation in backcross hybrids. Linkage analyses indicate a gene order and estimated recombination of PK1—10%—GPI1—41%—IDH1. No significant interference or sex- or population-specific recombination difference was detected. This group (designated linkage group IV) was shown to assort independently from the nine loci comprising linkage groups I, II, and III and from 23 other informative markers, within the limits of the data. No conclusions with respect to homology of linkage relationships could be reached, due to the presence of presumably duplicated loci in these fish coding for isozymes whose homology with enzymes in other vertebrate species is as yet unestablished.

Key words

linkage fish genetics isozymes electrophoresis Xiphophorus gene mapping 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald C. Morizot
    • 1
  • Michael J. Siciliano
    • 2
  1. 1.Research DivisionThe University of Texas Science ParkSmithville
  2. 2.Department of GeneticsThe University of Texas System Cancer Center, M. D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor InstituteHouston

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