Science in China Series C: Life Sciences

, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 294–304 | Cite as

Comparative study of symmetric and asymmetric somatic hybridization between common wheat andHaynaldia villosa

  • Aifen Zhou
  • Guangmin Xia
  • Huimin Chen
  • Han Hu


Symmetric and asymmetric protoplast fusion between long term cell suspension-derived protoplasts ofTriticum aestivum (cv. Jinan 177) and protoplasts ofHaynaldia villosa prepared from one-year-old embryogeneric calli was performed by PEG method. In asymmetric fusion, donor calli were treated with gamma ray at a dose of 40, 60, 80 Gy (1.3 Gy/min) respectively and then used to isolate protoplasts. Results of morphological, cytological, biochemical (isozyme) and 5S rDNA spacer sequence analysis revealed that we obtained somatic hybrid lines at high frequency from both symmetric and asymmetric fusion. Hybrid plants were recovered from symmetric and low dose γ-fusion combinations. GISH (genomicin situ hybridization) analysis proved exactly the existence of both parental chromosomes and the common occurrence of several kinds of translocation between them in the hybrid clones regenerated from symmetric and asymmetric fusion. And the elimination of donor DNA in hybrid clones regenerated from asymmetric fusion combinations was found to increase with the increasing gamma doses. It is concluded that transference and recombination of nuclear DNA can be achieved effectively by symmetric and asymmetric fusion, hybrids with small fragment translocation which are valuable in plant breeding can be obtained directly by asymmetric fusion.


common wheat Haynaldia villosa somatic hybridization genomicin situ hybridization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Life ScienceShandong UniversityJinanChina
  2. 2.Institute of GeneticsChinese Academy of ScienceBeijingChina

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