acrocentric chromosome


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ac·ro·cen·tric chro·mo·some

a chromosome with the centromere placed very close to one end so that the short arm is very small, and often has a satellite.

ac·ro·cen·tric chro·mo·some

(ak'rō-sen'trik krō'mŏ-sōm)
A chromosome with the centromere placed very close to one end so that the short arm is very small, often with a satellite.
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Csonka's team induced the formation of new human artificial chromosomes by targeting DNA sequences into amplifiable sites in the centromeric/short-arm regions of human acrocentric chromosomes (chromosomes in which the centromere is close to one end).
The basic karyotype of Akodon dolores (2n = 34) consists of five pairs of large metacentric or submetacentric chromosomes, eleven pairs of acrocentric chromosomes of decreasing size, and a pair of small metacentrics.
M]), 10 acrocentric chromosomes (A) and 6 metacentric chromosomes (M), with heterochromatin located mainly in the centromeric and terminal regions.