DNA image-fluorimetry of individual human chromosomes


A microfluorimetric method has been developed for determination of DNA content in individual human chromosomes. The method is based on a preliminary identification of chromosomes with Hoechst 33258 followed by staining of the chromosomes with Feulgen reaction by using Schiff’s reagent type ethidium bromide-SO2 and then by measuring the fluorescence intensity of the chromosomes by using an image analyzer. The method allows determining the DNA content of individual chromosomes with an accuracy up to 4.5 fg. The DNA content of individual human chromosomes and their p-and q-arms, as well as homologous chromosomes, were measured by using the developed method. It has been shown that the DNA content in chromosomes of the normal human karyotype is unstable and can fluctuate in some chromosomes within 35–40 fg.

DOI: 10.1134/S1990519X13040020

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@article{Agafonova2013DNAIO, title={DNA image-fluorimetry of individual human chromosomes}, author={N. A. Agafonova and Galina Sakuta and Yu. M. Rozanov and G. I. Shtein and Boris N Kudryavtsev}, journal={Cell and Tissue Biology}, year={2013}, volume={7}, pages={352-361} }