Chromosome ends in Chironomus pallidivittatus contain different subfamilies of telomere-associated repeats

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Tandemly repeated 340 bp sequences, TA repeats, are present in seven of the eight pairs of chromosome ends in Chironomus pallidivittatus, being absent from the telocentric left end of chromosome four. We have previously shown that the family of TA repeats consists of four main subfamilies. One subfamily is composed of a master unit and the other three contain derived units, each of which has a small region where the master sequence is highly mutated. Here we find that there are considerable variations in numbers of TA repeats between animals and for the same telomere in different animals. We also show that the seven telomere pairs containing TA repeats differ with regard to the content of derived subfamilies. The master unit is probably present in all seven pairs. Two of the derived units are exclusively present in two telomere pairs. The third derived unit shows a more irregular distribution. Some of the telomeres have highly variable contents of such units among animals. Subfamilies thus have different behaviour as reflected in their stable and variable patterns of distribution between individual telomeres.


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  • Genetics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)634-640
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Genetics (Closed 2011) (011005100)