Identification of sex chromosomes in Eremias velox (Lacertidae, Reptilia) using lampbrush chromosome analysis

AP Lisachov, Светлана Анатольевна Галкина, Алсу Фаритовна Сайфитдинова, SA Romanenko, DA Andreyushkova, VA Trifonov, PM Borodin

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Reptiles are good objects for studying the evolution of sex determination, since they have different sex determination systems in different lineages. Lacertid lizards have been long-known for possessing ZZ/ ZW type sex chromosomes. However, due to morphological uniformity of lacertid chromosomes, the Z chromosome has been only putatively cytologically identified. We used lampbrush chromosome (LBC) analysis and FISH with a W-specific probe in Eremias velox (Pallas, 1771) to unequivocally identify the ZW bivalent and investigate its meiotic behavior. The heterochromatic W chromosome is decondensed at the lampbrush stage, indicating active transcription, contrast with the highly condensed condition of the lampbrush W chromosomes in birds. We identified the Z chromosome by its chiasmatic association with the W chromosome as chromosome XIII of the 19 chromosomes in the LBC karyotype. Our findings agree with previous genetic and genomic studies, which suggested that the lacertid Z chromosome should be one of the smaller macrochromosomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-132
Number of pages12
JournalComparative Cytogenetics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2019

Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Plant Science

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