A large number of interesting mutations affecting development and organogenesis have been identified through genetic screens in zebrafish. Mapping of these mutations to a chromosomal region can be rapidly accomplished using half-tetrad analysis. However, knowledge of centromere- linked markers on every chromosome is essential to this mapping method. Centromeres on all 25 linkage groups have been mapped on the RAPD zebrafish genetic map. However, species specificity and the lack of codominance make RAPD markers less practical for mapping than microsatellite-based markers. On the microsatellite-based genetic map, centromere-linked markers have been identified for 19 linkage groups. No direct evidence has been published linking microsatellite markers to the centromeres of linkage groups 3, 4, 6, 7, 13, and 20. Therefore, we compared the microsatellite-based genetic map with the RAPD map to identify markers most likely linked to the centromeres of these 6 linkage groups. These candidate markers were tested for potential centromere linkage using four panels of half-tetrad embryos derived by early- pressure treatment of eggs from four different female zebrafish. We have identified microsatellite markers for linkage groups 3, 4, 6, 7, 13, and 20 to within 1.7 cM of their centromeres. These markers will greatly facilitate the rapid mapping of mutations in zebrafish by half-tetrad analysis. (C) 2000 Academic Press.
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