Jan 1, 1986

Cytological, flow cytometric, and molecular analysis of the rapid evolution of mammalian chromosomes containing highly amplified DNA sequences

B FendrockS Latt


Transfection of a mouse dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) cDNA contained in a plasmid "expression vector" into DHFR deficient Chinese hamster cells, followed by progressive selection of cells in increasing concentrations of methotrexate (MTX), leads to marked amplification of the exogenous DHFR sequences in the recipient hamster cells. This gene amplification is evident at the cytological level, in the form of homogeneously staining chromosomal regions (HSRs), at a gene expression level, in the form of fluorescein-methotrexate binding, and at the DNA level. Flow sorting, based on variable fluorescein-MTX binding, or direct cellular cloning, followed by chromosome analysis, revealed intercellular heterogeneity of HSRs in size and distribution. This suggested that there was a rapid evolution of HSRs in MTX-resistant transfectants. Chromosomal analysis of HSR evolution in situ, by examining individual colonies presumably derived from one or a few cells, underscored this impression of chromosome structural fluidity. Rates of HSR change in excess of 0.01 per cell division, increased by low doses of the recombinogen, mitomycin C, were detected. The Chinese hamster DHFR transfectants described should be amenable to detailed, coordinate c...Continue Reading

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Flow Cytometry
Chinese Hamster
Transformation, Genetic
Shuttle Vectors
Gene Amplification
expression vector

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