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A physical chromosome mapping of the H1 histone and 5S and 18S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes was performed in interspecific hybrids of Pseudoplatystoma corruscans and P. reticulatum. The results showed that 5S rRNA clusters were located in the terminal region of 2 chromosomes. H1 histone and 18S ribosomal genes were co-localized in the terminal portion of 2 chromosomes (distinct from the chromosomes bearing 5S clusters). These results represent the first report of association between H1 histone and 18S genes in fish genomes. The chromosome clustering of ribosomal and histone genes was already reported for different organisms and suggests a possible selective pressure for the maintenance of this association. Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.


D T Hashimoto, M A Ferguson-Smith, W Rens, F D Prado, F Foresti, F Porto-Foresti. Cytogenetic mapping of H1 histone and ribosomal RNA genes in hybrids between catfish species Pseudoplatystoma corruscans and Pseudoplatystoma reticulatum. Cytogenetic and genome research. 2013;139(2):102-6

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