Gene mapping in marsupials and monotremes Academic Article uri icon


  • Somatic cell genetic mapping of marsupial and monotreme species will greatly extend the power of comparative gene mapping to detect ancient mammalian gene arrangements. The use of eutherian-marsupial cell hybrids for such mapping is complicated by the frequent retention of deleted and rearranged marsupial chromosomes. We used staining techniques, involving the fluorochromes Hoechst 33258 and chromomycin A3, to facilitate rapid and unequivocal identification of marsupial chromosomes and chromosome segments and to make chromosome assignment and regional localization of marsupial genes possible. Chromosome segregation in rodent-macropod hybrids was consistent with preferential loss of the marsupial complement. The extent of loss was very variable. Some hybrids retained 30% of the marsupial complement; some retained small centric fragments; and some, no cytologically identifiable marsupial material. We examined the chromosomes and gene products of a number of rodent-grey kangaroo Macropus giganteus hybrids, and have assigned the genes Pgk-A (phosphoglycerate kinase-A), Hpt (Hypoxanthine-phosphoribosyl transferase), and Gpd (Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase) to the long arm of the kangaroo X chromosome, and provisionally established the gene order Pgk-A--Hpt--Gpd.

publication date

  • December 1984