In meiotic cells of Lilium, a group of single or low copy number DNA sequences that constitute about 0.10.2% of the genome do not replicate during the premeiotic S-phase but do so at zygotene in coordination with chromosome pairing. An appreciable fraction of these sequences has now been found to be transcribed into poly(A)+ RNA when chromosomes initiate the pairing process. This "zygRNA" has not been detected in nonmeiotic tissues. Even within the meiocytes, zygRNA is not detectable prior to leptotene or beyond midpachytene. S1 nuclease digestion of mouse spermatocyte nuclei selectively released zygDNA, which hybridizes with lily zygRNA, zygRNA has not been detected in mouse somatic tissues. The profile of zygRNA formation and disappearance in mouse spermatocytes is very similar to that of zygRNA in lily meiocytes.
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