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Molecular cytogenetics of the California condor: evolutionary and conservation implications

Modi, William S, Romanov, Michael N, Green, Eric D, Ryder, Oliver A (2009) Molecular cytogenetics of the California condor: evolutionary and conservation implications. Cytogenetic and Genome Research, 127 (1). pp. 26-32. ISSN 1424-8581. E-ISSN 1424-859X. (doi:10.1159/000272458) (KAR id:37574)

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Evolutionary cytogenetic comparisons involved 5 species of birds (California condor, chicken, zebra finch, collared flycatcher and black stork) belonging to divergent taxonomic orders. Seventy-four clones from a condor BAC library containing 80 genes were mapped to condor chromosomes using FISH, and 15 clones containing 16 genes were mapped to the stork Z chromosome. Maps for chicken and finch were derived from genome sequence databases, and that for flycatcher from the published literature. Gene content and gene order were highly conserved when individual condor, chicken, and zebra finch autosomes were compared, confirming that these species largely retain karyotypes close to the ancestral condition for neognathous birds. However, several differences were noted: zebra finch chromosomes 1 and 1A are homologous to condor and chicken chromosomes 1, the CHUNK1 gene appears to have transposed on condor chromosome 1, condor chromosomes 4 and 9 and zebra finch chromosomes 4 and 4A are homologous to chicken chromosome arms 4q and 4p, and novel inversions on chromosomes 4, 12 and 13 were found. Condor and stork Z chromosome gene orders are collinear and differentiated by a series of inversions/transpositions when compared to chicken, zebra finch, or flycatcher; phylogenetic analyses suggest independent rearrangement along the chicken, finch, and flycatcher lineages.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1159/000272458
Uncontrolled keywords: avian molecular cytogenetics; California condor; Z chromosome in birds
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Q Science > QL Zoology
Q Science > QP Physiology (Living systems) > QP506 Molecular biology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Biosciences
Depositing User: Mike Romanov
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2013 17:35 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2023 15:05 UTC
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