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Meiosis - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125033657, 9780323151917


1st Edition

Editor: Peter Moens
eBook ISBN: 9780323151917
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 5th January 1987
Page Count: 406
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Meiosis is a monograph focused on meiosis-specific functions. It presents a discussion on the genetic regulations of meiosis and aims to direct readers on future research by reporting a number of studies on progress. The text is divided into four parts and consists of 12 chapters. After an introduction to the meiotic process, the first part of the book narrates the genetic transmission and the evolution of reproduction and parthenogenesis. The second part presents the concepts of recombination, the heteroduplex model, and the genetic control of biochemical events in meiotic recombination. The third part covers the information about the chiasmata and synaptonemal complex, including the Rabl orientation. The text is then concluded by the fourth part that covers the biochemical basis of meiosis. The book is an excellent reference for undergraduate and graduate students in biological courses, specifically in genetics, biochemistry, and cell, developmental, and molecular biology. Lecturers, researchers, and other professionals in the same field will also find this book useful.

Table of Contents


1 Introduction to Meiosis

I. The Basics

II. Commitment to Meiosis

III. Chromosome Pairing

IV. Recombination


I Evolution

2 Genetic Transmission and the Evolution of Reproduction: The Significance of Parent-Offspring Relatedness to the "Cost of Meiosis"

I. Introduction

II. The Covariance between Fitness and Genotype

III. On the Evolution of Selfing

IV. On the Evolution of Parthenogenesis

V. Summary


3 The Evolution of Parthenogenesis: A Historical Perspective

I. Introduction

II. Meiosis and Parthenogenesis

III. The Hybridization Hypothesis in Plants

IV. Mutations as the Source of Parthenogenesis in Animals

V. Hybridization as the Source of Parthenogenesis in Insects

VI. The Prime Case of a Hybrid Origin in Insects

VII. The Spontaneous versus Hybridization Controversy in Vertebrates

VIII. The Mechanisms of Meiotic Restitution


II Recombination

4 Meiotic Recombination Interpreted as Heteroduplex Correction

I. Introduction

II. The Observations

III. Heteroduplex Repair Models of Conversion

IV. Alternatives to Excision Repair of Heteroduplex


5 Models of Heteroduplex Formation

I. Introduction

II. Direction of Travel of the Event

III. Models of Heteroduplex Formation

IV. Control of Crossover Position by an Aviemore Process

V. Conversion and Crossing-Over as Separate Events

VI. Speculation


6 Investigating the Genetic Control of Biochemical Events in Meiotic Recombination

I. Introduction

II. Genetically Identifiable Factors Affecting Meiotic Recombination

III. Methods of Isolating and Characterizing Mutants

IV. Molecular and Genetic Studies of Meiotic Recombination in Yeast

V. Conclusions


III Chromosomes

7 Chiasmata

I. Historical and Descriptive

II. The Chiasmatype Theory

III. The Mechanism of Chiasma Formation

IV. Do Chiasmata Terminalize?

V. The Nature of "Terminal" Bivalent Associations

VI. Chiasma Variation: An Overview

VII. Indications of Chiasma Control

VIII. Genetic Control of Chiasma Distribution

IX. Models of Chiasma Control

X. Mechanisms of Chiasma Distribution Control


8 The Synaptonemal Complex and Meiosis: An Immunocytochemical Approach

I. Introduction

II. An Introduction to SC Biology

III. An Immunocytochemical Approach

IV. Preliminary Results

V. Summary


9 The Rabl Orientation: A Prelude to Synapsis

I. Introduction

II. The Rabl Orientation in Mitotic Cells

III. Meiosis and the Rabl Orientation

IV. Summary


IV Chemistry of Meiosis

10 The Biochemistry of Meiosis

I. Introduction

II. The Prezygotene Phase

III. The Zygotene Phase

IV. The Pachytene Phase: DNA

V. Meiosis-Specific Recombinogenic Proteins

VI. Regulation of Meiotic Events


11 Proteins of the Meiotic Cell Nucleus

I. Introduction

II. Methods for Studying Nuclear Proteins in Meiosis

III. Histones and HMG Proteins of Meiotic Cells

IV. Proteins of Structural Subcomponents of the Meiotic Cell Nucleus

V. Conclusions


12 Transcription during Meiosis

I. Introduction

II. Transcription in Mammalian Meiocytes

III. Transcription in Meiocytes of Lilium

IV. Transcription in Meiocytes of Saccharomyces cerevisiae

V. Summary and Future Prospects




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