Absence of true interchromosomal connectives in microsurgically isolated chromosomes

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  • Mitotic chromosomes of the Indian muntjac were isolated from cultured fibroblast-like cells by microsurgery. The entire complement of seven chromosomes could be obtained with the radial array of chromosomes on the mitotic spindle intact. The center of the radial array was occupied by a fibrous network which stained with tubulin antiserum. This network was absent when cells were treated with colchicine or vinblastine sulfate prior to chromosome isolation, and probably represents a remnant of the mitotic spindle. Most isolated chromosomes were connected to the spindle by fibers attached to the centromeres. Such fibers did not stain for DNA and were resistant to DNases but sensitive to proteases. No interconnections were found to run from chromosome to chromosome except for occasional artifactual adhesions resulting from collisions between chromosomes which occurred during micromanipulation. We therefore found no evidence that chromosomes of the Indian muntjac are interconnected at mitosis. © 1980.
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  • Korf BR; Diacumakos EG
  • Start Page

  • 377
  • End Page

  • 385
  • Volume

  • 130
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  • 2