Synaptonemal complex formation in spermatocytes of the autotriploid rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss (Pisces, Salmonidae)
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Meiotic cells of triploid male rainbow trouts were analyzed by a surface-spreading SC technique in order to show the process of chromosome synapsis. At zygotene the formation of SCs involved, almost exclusively, two sets of lateral elements (LEs), and the remaining set of LEs presented different synaptic configurations involving one, two, three, or four LEs. The absence of SCs involving more than two LEs from mid- to late pachytene indicates that the multivalents produced by synapsis involving more than two LEs, are eliminated before the end of pachytene; thus, the mechanism of chromosome pairing in triploid male rainbow trouts produces, almost exclusively, bivalents with a probable extensive nonhomologous synapsis involving the extra set of chromosomes.