Recombination nodules and chiasma localization in two orthoptera

Research paper by Cecilia Bernelot-Moens, Peter B. Moens

Indexed on: 01 Jan '86Published on: 01 Jan '86Published in: Chromosoma


The distribution of recombination nodules (RNs) is reported from observations on two-dimensional spreads of Locusta migratoria and Chloealtis conspersa spermatocytes; C. conspersa is a known example of a species with terminally localized chiasmata, while L. migratoria has nonspecific positioning of chiasmata. Measurements of the distances from 102 RNs to the ends of the synaptonemal complexes (SCs) on which they were found show the RNs to be near-terminally localized in C. conspersa and to occur along the lengths of the SCs in L. migratoria. Thus, the localization of RNs appears to reflect the localization of chiasmata. These observations are interpreted as support for the proposed recombinant function of RNs.