A number of somatic cell hybrids between red kangaroo (Macropus rufus) and mouse cells, which lose marsupial chromosomes, were found to express the kangaroo form of LDH-A. Concordance between the expression of marsupial LDH-A and the presence of chromosome 5 in the hybrid cells and selected subclones enabled the gene for LDH-A to be assigned to this chromosome. This is the first autosomal gene assignment in a marsupial and should prove important for chromosome mapping in the red kangaroo and in many other species of marsupials.
- autosomal gene assignment
- somatic cell hybrids