Sister Chromatid Exchanges in Mammalian Meiotic Chromosomes

  • J. W. Allen
  • C. W. Gwaltney


Very little is known about sister chromatid exchanges (SCEs) in meiotic cells--only that they occur (1) and reveal frequency and distribution patterns apparently unaffected by cross-over (CO) exchange conditions in those cells (2). Unfortunately, the number of studies from which to draw these general conclusions is small due to a variety of methodological difficulties. Only a few organisms have been analyzed for baseline SCEs in meiotic tissue. No information pertaining to the extent or significance of SCE induction by mutagens during meiosis is available.


Sister Chromatid Sister Chromatid Exchange Meiotic Chromosome Primary Spermatocyte Meiotic Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. W. Allen
    • 1
  • C. W. Gwaltney
    • 1
  1. 1.Genetic Toxicology Division Health Effects Research LaboratoryU. S. Environmental Protection AgencyResearch Triangle ParkUSA

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