, Volume 115, Issue 2, pp 189–194 | Cite as

Chromosome Analysis and FISH Mapping of Ribosomal DNA (rDNA), Telomeric (TTAGGG)n and (GATA)n Repeats in the Leech Haemopis Sanguisuga (L.) (Annelida: Hirudinea)

  • R. Vitturi
  • A. Libertini
  • F. Armetta
  • L. Sparacino
  • M.S. Colomba


In the present paper the chromosome complement (n = 13; 2n = 26) of the common leech Haemopis sanguisuga (L.) (Annelida: Hirudinea: Hirudinidae) was analyzed using banding techniques and fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) with three repetitive DNA probes [ribosomal DNA (rDNA), (TTAGGG) n and (GATA) n ]. FISH with the rDNA probe consistently mapped major ribosomal clusters (18S–28S rDNA) in the pericentromeric region of one large metacentric chromosome pair; this region, which consisted of heterochromatin rich in GC base pairs, was preferentially stained by silver nitrate (Ag-NOR). The (TTAGGG) n telomeric probe was hybridized with the termini of nearly all chromosomes, whereas the (GATA) n probe did not label any chromosome areas.

chromosomes FISH Haemopis sanguisuga Hirudinea repetitive DNA 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Vitturi
    • 1
  • A. Libertini
    • 2
  • F. Armetta
    • 1
  • L. Sparacino
    • 1
  • M.S. Colomba
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Biologia AnimaleUniversità di PalermoPalermoItaly (Phone
  2. 2.CNRIstituto di Biologia del MareVeneziaItaly
  3. 3.Facoltà di Scienze AmbientaliUniversità di Urbino, Località CrocicchiaUrbino (PU)Italy

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