In the hybrid Festuca scarisoa X drymeja where pairing is incomplete at pachytene, there is preferential pairing between the longer chromosomes of the complement. EM serial-section reconstruction of nuclei at zygotene and pachytene reveals that there is equally pronounced preferential pairing between larger centromeres. This evidence suggests that the longer chromosomes have large centromeres and that centromere volume is correlated with chromosome length. Confirmation of this comes from the comparison of the frequency distributions of observed centromere volumes and those predicted on the basis of chromosome length. Although there is a positive correlation between centromere volume and chromosome length, it is not possible to identify the centromeres of each individual chromosome within the complement because (a) the differences between the lengths of each chromosome are small and (b) the estimates of relative centromere volumes vary significantly between cells.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Cell Science|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 1981|