Meiotic drive of t haplotypes: chromosome segregation in mice with tertiary trisomy

Agulnik, AIA, Sergei I.; Ruvinsky, Anatoly O.,  Genetics Research,  57:51. 1991.

The properties of the / haplotypes, specific mutant states of the proximal region of chromosomes17 in the house mouse, are of continuing interest. One such property is increased transmission ofthe / haplotype by heterozygous // + males to offspring. Using the reciprocal translocationT(16; 17)43H we have constructed males with tertiary trisomy of chromosome 17( + T43/+ +/Rb7 + ) carrying the Robertsonian translocation Rb(16.17)7Bnr. Only the progeny ofthese males which had inherited either T43/ + or Rb7 from their male parent were viable. Thesegregation patterns in the offspring of /-bearing trisomics were analysed on days 16-18 ofembryonic development. It was found that, when the tn haplotype is in the normal acrocentric(c?c?+ + T43/ + //2+/Rb7 + +), its presence in the gamete +/” + /+ + T43 does not producemeiotic drive. However, when t6 is in Rb7, meiotic drive was observed: 80 % of offspring carriedthe / haplotype. It is concluded that the meiotic drive is probably inhibited by the presence of anormal homologue of chromosome 17 in the same sperm. Possible mechanisms for the t haplotypeeffect are discussed