1st Edition - January 5, 1987

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  • Editor: Peter Moens
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323151917

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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

  • Preface

    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



Product details

  • No. of pages: 406
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1987
  • Published: January 5, 1987
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323151917

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