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Use of laser microdissection for the construction of Humulus japonicus Siebold et Zuccarini, 1846 (Cannabaceae) sex chromosome-specific DNA library and cytogenetics analysis
expand article infoNickolay Yakovin, Mikhail Divashuk§, Olga Razumova§, Alexander Soloviev|, Gennady I. Karlov|
‡ Russian State Agrarian University - MTAA, Moscow, Russia
§ Centre for Molecular Biotechnology, Russian State Agrarian University – Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy, Moscow, Russia
| Departament of Genetics, Biotechnology and Plant Breeding, Russian State Agrarian University – Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy, Moscow, Russia
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Dioecy is relatively rare among plant species, and distinguishable sex chromosomes have been reported in few dioecious species. The multiple sex chromosome system (XX/XY1Y2) of Humulus japonicus Siebold et Zuccarini, 1846 differs from that of other members of the family Cannabaceae, in which the XX/XY chromosome system is present. Sex chromosomes of H. japonicus were isolated from meiotic chromosome spreads of males by laser microdissection with the P.A.L.M. MicroLaser system. The chromosomal DNA was directly amplified by degenerate oligonucleotide primed polymerase chain reaction (DOP-PCR). Fast fluorescence in situ hybridization (FAST-FISH) using a labeled, chromosome-specific DOP-PCR product as a probe showed preferential hybridization to sex chromosomes. In addition, the DOP-PCR product was used to construct a short-insert, H. japonicus sex chromosomes-specific DNA library. The randomly sequenced clones showed that about 12% of them have significant homology to H. lupulus and 88% to Cannabis sativa Linnaeus, 1753 sequences from GenBank database. Forty-four percent of the sequences show homology to plant retroelements. It was concluded that laser microdissection is a useful tool for isolating the DNA of sex chromosomes of H. japonicus and for the construction of chromosome-specific DNA libraries for the study of the structure and evolution of sex chromosomes. The results provide the potential for identifying unique or sex chromosome-specific sequence elements in H. japonicus and could aid in the identification of sex chromosome-specific repeat and coding regions through chromosome isolation and genome complexity reduction.


Laser microdissection, plant sex chromosomes, fluorescence in situ hybridization, chromosome-specific DNA


Dioecy is relatively rare in the plant kingdom, in which only approximately 4% of angiosperm species are dioecious (Yampolsky and Yampolsky 1922). Most of these species lack morphologically distinguishable sex chromosomes and posses sex-determining loci on homologous chromosomes or utilize environmental cues to determine sex ratios (Ainsworth 2000, Charlesworth and Guttman 1999, Tanurdzic and Banks 2004). Distinguishable sex chromosomes have been reported in several dioecious species belonging to five angiosperm families. One of these, Humulus japonicus Siebold et Zuccarini, 1846 (Japanese hop), is a dioecious species of the family Cannabaceae. The chromosome number is 2n=16=14+XX for females and 2n=17=14+XY1Y2 for males (Winge 1929). The multiple sex chromosome system (XX/XY1Y2) of H. japonicus differs from other members of the family Cannabaceae, such as the common hop (Humulus lupulus Linnaeus, 1753, 2n=20) and hemp (Cannabis sativa Linnaeus, 1753, 2n=20), in which the XX/XY chromosome system is present. Additionally, the genome sizes of these three related species vary widely: H. lupulus – 2.90 pg (Zonneveld et al. 2005), H. japonicus – 1.7 pg (Grabowska-Joachimiak et al. 2006) and C. sativa - 0.9 pg (Bennett and Leitch 2010; Sakamoto et al. 1998). Therefore, the family Cannabaceae can be used as a model to study the evolution of plant sex chromosomes in addition to plants from the genera Silene Linnaeus, 1753 and Rumex Linnaeus, 1753, which are classically used in this regard. In spite of recent progress in the H. lupulus, H. japonicus and C. sativa molecular cytogenetics (Alexandrov et al. 2012; Divashuk et al. 2011, 2014; Grabowska-Joachimiak et al. 2011; Karlov et al. 2003; Kim et al. 2008;) and C. sativa genomics (van Bakel et al. 2012), we know little about the genetics of sex determination in these species (Ming et al. 2011).

The most widespread method for the detection of new sex-specific DNA sites is to search for molecular markers that are linked to sex (Alexandrov et al. 2011; Danilova and Karlov 2006; Gao et al. 2010; Polley et al. 1997), but this method does not allow for the study of multiple chromosome-specific sequences. In complex plant genomes containing widespread repetitive sequences, it is important to establish genomic resources that enable us to focus on a particular part of the genome. There are several methods available that can be used to dissect a particular chromosome or subchromosomal region. The direct strategy for isolating sequences from chromosomes of interest is to separate them by a flow-sorting procedure or by microdissection. The main disadvantage of the flow-sorting approach is contamination of dissected material by chromosomes of similar size and the presence of particles with the same DNA content as sorted chromosomes (Dolezel et al. 2001). Currently, microdissection constitutes one of the most direct approaches to ascertain the molecular composition of certain chromosomes or chromosome regions (Houben 2012). Fine glass needles are commonly used for the mechanical dissection of chromosomes. Alternatively, laser microdissection results in the isolation of extremely pure pools of chromosomes, from which DNA can be amplified by DOP-PCR (degenerate oligonucleotide primed PCR) both to generate chromosome-specific DNA libraries and to be applied as complex probes for FISH (Fukui et al. 1992; Hobza et al. 2004; Houben 2012).

In plants, Sandery et al. (1991) first applied the microdissection technique toward isolating B-chromosomes from rye (Secale cereale Linnaeus, 1753) and were able to identify a DNA sequence on these rye B-chromosomes. With the development of PCR, microdissection techniques have widely been used with genetic studies of Secale cereale (Houben et al. 1996; Zhou et al. 1999), Triticum aestivum Linnaeus, 1753 (Hu et al. 2004), Zea mays Linnaeus, 1753 (Stein et al. 1998), Avena sativa Linnaeus, 1753 (Chen and Armstrong 1995; Sanz et al. 2012), Gossypium arboreum Linnaeus, 1753 (Renhai et al. 2012), Citrus grandis Osbeck, 1757 (Huang et al. 2004a,b), Silene latifolia Poiret, 1789 (Hobza et al. 2004, 2007), Populus tremula Linnaeus, 1753 (Zhang et al. 2005), an addition line of wheat-Thinopyrum intermedium Barkworth & Dewey, 1985 (Deng et al. 2013a) and Spinacia oleracea Linnaeus, 1753 (Deng et al. 2013b). Chromosome microdissection and cloning are powerful tools that combine cytogenetics with molecular genetics and have played an important role in research on genome structure (Fominaya et al. 2005; Hobza and Vyskot 2007). By generating a DNA probe for fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) with the DNA microdissected from a certain chromosome, it is possible to obtain an idea of the DNA sequences shared among different chromosomes within the same genome. The microdissection technique was used to study the structure and evolution of sex chromosomes from two model species, Rumex acetosa and Silene latifolia (Mariotti et al. 2006, Matsunaga et al. 1996, 1999; Shibata et al. 1999). These species possess heteromorphic sex chromosomes that can be microscopically distinguished from the remaining complement chromosomes (Vyskot and Hobza 2004). Painting of sex chromosomes has been performed in Rumex acetosa Linnaeus, 1753 by Shibata et al. (1999) and in Silene latifolia by Hobza et al. (2004). Hobza et al. (2004) used a modified FAST-FISH protocol, based on a short hybridization time combined with a low concentration of probe, and successfully distinguished the sex chromosomes by differential labeling patterns.

Identification of specific chromosomes for microdissection is difficult in many plant species. It can be achieved by choosing a plant with chromosomes bearing a prominent morphological feature, for example, a large somatic chromosome such as the Y chromosome in Silene. In H. japonicus, sex chromosomes are difficult to distinguish from autosomes at the mitotic metaphase fig (Grabowska-Joachimiak et al. 2011; Kim et al. 2008). During meiosis in the male plants of H. japonicus, a trivalent chromosome configuration is observed (Jacobsen 1957). This can be most clearly observed at diakinesis and metaphase I, which allows for reliable identification of sex chromosomes from autosomes in pollen mother cells (PMC). PMC at these stages of meiosis can easily be isolated in large quantities from immature male flowers.

To investigate the structure of the sex chromosomes in H. japonicus, the XY1Y2 chromosomes were isolated by laser microdissection of the meiotic trivalent at the diakinesis and metaphase I stages and the DOP-PCR products were used for FISH and the creation of the DNA library.

Materials and methods

Plant material and chromosome preparation

The male H. japonicus plants (2n=17=14+XY1Y2) were grown in a greenhouse from seeds of cultivar “Samuray” (“Gavrish seeds”, Moscow, Russia) and were used to prepare the meiotic chromosomes. The one month old plants were exposed to a short day photoperiod (8 h day and 16 h night) to induce flowering.

For the preparation of H. japonicus meiotic diakinesis and metaphase I chromosomes, the significantly modified method of Zhong et al. (1996) was used. Young floral buds from male plants, approximately 3~5 mm long, were selected for meiotic chromosome preparation and the appropriate meiotic stage of development was determined. One anther from a bud was squashed in 1% Carmine in 45% acetic acid on a slide and observed under a phase microscope. The remaining anthers with pollen mother cells (PMCs) in metaphase I were fixed in a mixture of glacial acetic acid and absolute ethanol (1:3) for 1 h, washed twice on the surface of distilled water in a Petri dish (5 cm in diameter) and placed on 50 µmol L-1 citrate buffer (pH 4.5) for 10 minutes. Digestion was carried out on the surface of an enzyme mixture containing 3 % (w/v) cellulase R-10 (Sigma), 0.3% (w/v) pectinase (Sigma) and 0.3 % (w/v) cytohelicase (Sigma). A cell spreading technique was used for meiotic chromosome preparation on microscope slides covered with a polyethylene naphthalate membrane (P.A.L.M. GmbH, Bernried, Germany), and the slides were used for microdissection.

For FISH experiments, the chromosome preparations were made as described above, except that conventional slides were used instead of the polyethylene naphthalate membrane-coated slides.


The P.A.L.M. MicroLaser system (P.A.L.M. GmbH) was used to dissect Y1-X-Y2 trivalent figures at diakinesis. The microscopic stage, micro-manipulator and laser micromanipulation procedures were computer controlled. All procedures for the dissection of chromosomes are adapted from experiments performed by Kubickova et al. (2002). The membrane around the chromosome of interest is cut, and the chromosome is then catapulted by a single laser pulse directly into the cap of an Eppendorf tube. Energy of 1.5–11.7 mJ per pulse is used for microdissection and 2 mJ per pulse is used for catapulting. Fifty trivalents were collected in each experiment. The isolated chromosomes were collected in 20 μl of distilled water in a tube.


Chromosomes were used directly (without any enzymatic treatment) for amplification by DOP-PCR with regular primers designed by Telenius et al. (1992). Amplification reactions containing 50 isolated sex chromosomes were brought to volumes of 25 μL containing final concentrations of 1 x Taq DNA polymerase buffer, 0.2 mM each of four deoxynucleotides, 1.5 pM DOP primer and 0.02 U/μL Taq DNA polymerase. Amplifications were performed in a Tetrad PCR machine. An initial incubation of 94°C for 4 min was followed by eight thermal cycles of 94°C for 1 min, 28°C for 1 min, and 72°C for 2 min, in which the duration of the heating step between 28 and 72°C was set to 2 min. This was followed by 30 cycles of 94°C for 1 min, 50°C for 1 min, and 72°C for 2 min, with a single final incubation at 72°C for 7 min.

A male-specific DNA marker (Gao et al. 2010) was used to check the quality of DOP-PCR product from sex chromosomes. The PCR was performed using primers Sex164F 5’- AGAGAGAGAGAGAGAGCGAGAAAG-3’ and Sex164R 5’-AGAGAGAGAGAGAGAGCGGAAATG-3’. Amplification reactions were performed using a Tetrad PCR machine after initial incubation at 94 C for 4 min, which was followed by 30 cycles at 94°C for 30 s, 60°C for 45 s, and 72 C for 45 s, with a single final incubation at 72°C for 7 min.

DOP-PCR product labeling and FISH

For FISH experiments, the DOP-PCR products were labeled with dioxigenin-11-dUTP (Roche Diagnostics GmbH). One-half of a microliter of the primary PCR reaction was added as a temfig to 20 µl of DOP-labeling PCR mix. Cycling parameters were: 3 min at 95°C for initial denaturation; 30 cycles of 15 s at 94°C, 30 s at 56°C; and 2 min at 72°C, followed by a 5 min final extension at 72°C.

FISH was performed using a modified version of the method of Fransz et al. (1996). The slides were preheated at 60oC for 30 min, pretreated with 100 μg mL-1 DNase-free RNase in 2 x SSC at 37 o C for 1 h and then washed three times in 1xPBS for five minutes each. 30 μL of hybridization mixture containing 50% formamide, 2x SSC, 10% sodium dextran sulphate, 50 mmol L-1 phosphate buffer (pH 7.0) and 10-20 ng µL-1 of DNA probe was used for each slide. In situ hybridization was performed at 37°C overnight, followed by post-hybridization wash for 15 minutes in 0.1x SSC at 42°C.

The FAST-FISH was performed as described by Hobza et al. (2004). The pretreatment and hybridization mixture preparation for the slides was as described above. The time of in situ hybridization was shortened to 1 h.

The slides were counterstained with 4,6-diamino-2-phenylindole (DAPI, 0,5 µg/ml) in Vectashild (Vector). The hybridization signals were observed under a fluorescence microscope (Zeiss AxioImager.M1, Germany). Images were captured by a charge-coupled device (CCD) system (AxioCam MRm) and AXIOVISION software.

Library preparation and sequencing

The DOP-PCR products were cloned into the pGEM®-T Easy Vector System (Promega, USA) as described by manufacturer. Clones were picked into 96 well figs, grown for 18 h, replicated and frozen at -80° C. One hundred randomly selected clones were tested by PCR with M13 primers on the insert present, and 24 randomly selected clones were sequenced using ABI Big Dye Mix v3.1 (Applied Biosystems Inc) with M13 primers, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Products were resolved on an ABI 3130xl sequencer. BLAST analysis was performed according to the standard procedure. BLAT analysis was used to find homology of sequences against the C. sativa genome ( BLAT on DNA is designed to quickly find sequences of 95% and greater similarity of length 25 bases or more.


The sex chromosomes from PMCs at meiotic diakinesis and metaphase I stages of H. japonicus can easily be distinguished from autosomes under a light microscope without any staining procedures, which allows for reliable identification and rapid isolation of pure chromosomes of interest (Fig. 1a). The sex chromosomes were bordered and cut using a laser beam of low energy, transferred by a single laser pulse directly into the cap of an Eppendorf tube (Fig. 1b) and then directly (without any enzymatic treatment) used as temfig for DNA amplification. This procedure minimizes the level of contamination. On one slide, we were able to collect up to approximately 50 sex trivalents (Y1-X-Y2). After amplification by DOP-PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis showed that DNA fragments varied in size from approximately 200 bp to 3000 bp. The conditions of DOP-PCR were optimized to minimize any preferential amplification (Fig. 1c). The absence of banding on the gel indicates preferential amplification.

To ensure that DOP-PCR product was obtained from sex chromosomes the male specific SCAR marker was used. The PCR product of expected size was obtained from DOP-PCR DNA and DNA from male plants only. No amplification was detected from female DNA and DOP-PCR product obtained after microdissection of autosomes (Fig. 1d), indicating no cross contamination.

To examine the quality of the DOP-PCR product, the standard FISH procedure was performed. DIG-labeled DOP-PCR products hybridized to the chromosomes of male plants in the absence of a competitor. Signals were observed uniformly on all chromosomes (data not shown).

The application of FAST-FISH, using lower concentrations of DIG-labeled DOP-PCR probe per slide and reducing the hybridization time from 16 h to 1 h, allowed for the differentiation of chromosomes by FISH signal (Fig. 2). Analysis of the 25 meiotic metaphase I chromosome figs shows that the intensity of FISH signal on the Y1 and Y2 chromosomes was higher compared to chromosome X and autosomes.

The DOP-PCR product was used to construct a short-insert H. japonicus sex chromosomes-specific DNA library. Cloning of the DOP-PCR products resulted in 5 x 103 recombinant colonies per 100 µl PCR reaction mixture. The length of the cloned DNA fragments ranged from 450 to 3000 bp, with an average fragment length of 1000 bp. Twenty-four clones were randomly selected for sequencing. When we compared sequences with the NCBI database, using BLAST, 11 of them showed homology to sequences of plant retrotransposons (Table 1).

Three sequences show homology to some sequences of H. lupulus and 13 sequences show homology to C. sativa. Two sequences show homology to hypothetical proteins or mRNA. Additionally, a database search of the recently sequenced C. sativa [14] using BLAT ( showed homology in 21 of 24 sequences with the Cannabis genome (Table 1).

Figure 1.

Microdissection of H. japonicus sex chromosomes at meiotic diakinesis-metaphase I stage. a Selection of sex chromosomes (Y1-X-Y2 trivalent formation indicated by arrow) b Cutting out of the sex chromosomes c The gel electrophoresis of the microdissected sex chromosomes DOP-PCR product: 1 – negative control, 2 – 100 bp DNA ladder, 3 - DOP-PCR d The gel electrophoresis after PCR with the male sex specific marker on different DNA temfigs: 1 – 100 bp DNA ladder, 2 – DOP-PCR product from sex chromosomes, 3 – DOP-PCR product from autosomes, 4 – DNA of male plant, 5 – DNA of female plant.

Table 1.

Similarity of the sequenced Humulus japonicus sex chromosome specific clones to GenBank accessions, Cannabis sativa draft genome and RepBase database.

Similarity to GenBank accessions Tool Similarity to Cannabis sativa ***
1 Humulus lupulus clone HlAT9 microsatellite sequence (AY588370.1) blastn * +
gag-pol polyprotein [Phaseolus vulgaris] (AAR13317.1) blastx *
2 Medicago truncatula DNA sequence from clone MTH2-46C14 on chromosome 3, complete sequence (CT962505.9) blastn +
pol protein [Cucumis melo subsp. melo] (AAO45752.1) blastx
3 No homology in GenBank and RepBase +
4 Medicago truncatula chromosome 5 clone mte1-70c24, COMPLETE SEQUENCE (CR932962.2) blastn +
5 retrotransposon gag protein [Cucumis melo subsp. melo] (ADN33993.1) blastn +
integrase [Populus trichocarpa] (ABG37658.1) blastn
6 Populus trichocarpa clone POP065-M23, complete sequence (AC209187.1) blastn +
pol protein [Cucumis melo subsp. melo] (AAO45752.1) blastx
rve superfamily: Integrase core domain (pfam00665) blastx
7 No homology in GenBank and RepBase +
8 Serratia proteamaculans 568, complete genome (CP000826.1) blastn -
9 No homology in GenBank and RepBase -
10 Nicotiana benthamiana mRNA for PME inhibitor (FN432042.1) blastn +
11 A family of autonomous Polinton DNA transposons (CR1-6_BF) CENSOR ** +
12 Gossypium raimondii clone GR__Ba0005I14-jfn, complete sequence (AC243106.1) blastn +
Amphioxus CR1-6_BF autonomous Non-LTR Retrotransposon - consensus. CENSOR
13 Lotus japonicus cDNA, clone: LjFL1-045-CB01, HTC (AK337120.1) blastn +
integrase [Populus trichocarpa] (ABG37658.1) blastx
LTR retrotransposon from the western balsam poplar: internal portion. (Gypsy-39_PT-I) CENSOR
14 No homology in GenBank and RepBase -
15 Humulus lupulus vps gene for valerophenone synthase, complete cds (AB047593.2) tblastx * +
gag-pol polymerase [Arabidopsis lyrata subsp. lyrata] (ABW81018.1) blastx
16 gag-protease polyprotein [Cucumis melo subsp. melo] (AAO45751.1) blastx +
17 hypothetical protein VITISV_026408 [Vitis vinifera] (CAN60970.1) blastx +
18 Humulus lupulus clone GT2-P16-8 microsatellite sequence (EU094990.1) blastn +
HLUTR3CH_T3_051_H10_24JUL2006_066 HLUTR3CH Humulus lupulus cDNA, mRNA sequence (GD252950.1) blastn
19 Cannabis sativa strain Purple Kush scaffold130939_1, whole genome shotgun sequence (AGQN01284755.1) blastn (wgs) +
20 No homology in GenBank and RepBase +
21 gag-protease polyprotein [Cucumis melo subsp. melo] (AAO45751.1) blastx +
Vitis vinifera contig VV78X146750.38, whole genome shotgun sequence (AM458430.2) tblastx
22 No homology in GenBank and RepBase +
23 No homology in GenBank and RepBase +
24 Daucus carota subsp. sativus clone BAC C235O6O genomic sequence (FJ148580.1) blastn +
Retrotransposon gag protein [Asparagus officinalis] (ABD63156.1) blastx
Figure 2.

FISH with DOP-PCR probe on meiotic chromosomes of H. japonicus. a DAPI-stained chromosomes at meiotic metaphase I stage b The result of FAST-FISH with DOP-PCR probe. The Y1-X-Y2 trivalent formation is indicated. Bar = 10 µm.


To isolate sex chromosomes, we used a technique based on laser beam microdissection with the P.A.L.M. MicroLaser system. An accurate identification of the target chromosomes is the first step in microdissection and microcloning. Additionally, the quality of microdissected chromosomal DNA depends critically on the pretreatment, chromosome fixation and staining of the samples (Houben 2012). On mitotic metaphase figs, the sex chromosomes of H. japonicus are difficult to distinguish from autosomes without special staining procedures. C-banding/DAPI or FISH with subtelomeric repeat were proposed to identify the X-, Y1-and Y2-chromosomes (Alexandrov et al. 2012; Grabowska-Joachimiak et al. 2011). Pretreatment and UV-light can damage chromosomal DNA when using these methods (Houben 2012). In our study, the chromosomes from PMCs at meiotic diakinesis -and metaphase I stages were used. At these stages, the sex chromosomes of H. japonicus (trivalent chromosome configuration) can easily be distinguished from autosomes under a light microscope without any staining procedures, which allows for reliable identification and rapid isolation of pure chromosomes of interest. Sufficient dispersion of chromosomes suitable for laser microdissection was achieved by spreading procedure of PMCs on microscopic slides covered with a polyethylene naphthalate membrane. Another advantage of the use of PMCs is the high level of synchronization of the cells.

The results of standard FISH procedure with DIG-labeled DOP-PCR products is in agreement with previous observations showing that the DNA of microdissected plant chromosomes hybridized to all chromosomes as a result of widespread repetitive sequences contained in plant genomes (Hobza et al. 2004). The use of complex subgenomic probes often leads to a nonspecific FISH signal on all chromosomes due to the difference in complexity of genomes and organization of repetitive sequences in plants compared to animals (Heslop-Harrison and Schwarzacher 2011; Schmidt and Heslop-Harrison 1998; Schubert et al. 2001).

The preferential, uneven distribution of DOP-PCR probes on the Y1 and Y2 sex chromosomes in FAST-FISH experiments is indicative of an abundance of dispersed repeats, such as retrotransposons, on Y chromosomes. These results agree with Grabowska-Joachimiak et al. (2011) where DAPI/C-banding shows brighter staining of the Y1 and Y2 chromosomes. Additionally, it may indicate accumulation on Y chromosomes-specific repetitive DNA. The accumulation of different repetitive DNA sequences was detected on Y chromosomes of Rumex and Silene species (Hobza et al. 2006; Kejnovsky et al. 2009; Shibata et al. 1999; Steflova et al. 2013).

The observation that about 12% of the sequences show significant homology to H. lupulus and 88% to C. sativa, whose genome is closely related to H. japonicus, indicates efficient amplification of DNA from H. japonicus chromosomes by DOP-PCR. Less apparent homology between H. japonicus and H. lupulus, compared to C. sativa, can be explained by the lack of sequence representation in the GenBank database. FISH with DOP-PCR probes led to a hybridization signal on all chromosomes, which suggests that a large amount of dispersed repeated DNA sequences are present in the genome of this species and in the DOP-PCR product. This was confirmed by sequencing, which showed that 44% of sequences were homologous to plant retroelements. The presence of multiple sequences with homology to plant retrotransposons is in agreement with FISH experiments in which a dispersed signal was seen on all chromosomes, given that retroelements are usually distributed throughout the genomes of plants (Heslop-Harrison and Schwarzacher 2011). The preferential hybridization to Y chromosomes of sex chromosome-specific DOP-PCR probes in FAST-FISH experiments indicates the presence of chromosome-specific repeated sequences.

It was concluded that laser microdissection is a useful tool for isolating the DNA of individual chromosomes, including the relatively small chromosomes of H. japonicus, and for the construction of chromosome-specific libraries for the study of the structure and evolution of the sex chromosomes. This is the first time a DNA library of the sex chromosomes Japanese hop has been constructed.


We thank the company “OPTEC” LLC for providing the P.A.L.M. MicroLaser system for this study. The authors acknowledge financial support from the Russian Foundation of Basic Research No.13-04-02116.


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