Magnification in Drosophila: evidence for an inducible rDNA-specific recombination system.

Molecular & general genetics : MGG

PubMedID: 8107680

Komma DJ, Atwood KC. Magnification in Drosophila: evidence for an inducible rDNA-specific recombination system. Mol Gen Genet. 1994;242(3):321-6.
An experiment is described that provides evidence for an exchange mechanism to explain the increase in ribosomal gene number that occurs during bobbed magnification. We show that bobbed and bobbed-lethal alleles do not magnify in closed X chromosomes, but that a spontaneous ring opening restores normal magnification. The results provide strong evidence that the elementary magnifying event is unequal sister chromatid exchange, and can be interpreted in the framework of an inducible rDNA-specific recombination system as the basis of ribosomal gene magnification.