Special Issue "Chromosomal Variations In Amphibians and Reptiles"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.
Interests: amphibians; reptiles; karyotype; chromosome structure and rearrangements; chromosome banding; evolution
Interests: evolution; amphibians; reptiles; cytogenetics; phylogenetics; biogeography
Chromosome variations are important but still understudied drivers of biodiversity. Chromosome rearrangements (or macromutations) may precede or follow molecular differentiation, and they may either promote or be a result of processes of phylogenetic diversification. In either case, they can be treated as discrete markers in evolutionary, phylogenetic, and taxonomic studies, highlighting the occurrence of different evolutionary pathways. Amphibians and reptiles display distinct, peculiar genomic and karyological features and are promising study models to better understand different aspects of chromosomal variations in an evolutionary framework.
The aim of this Special Issue is to publish original research articles and reviews on inter- and intraspecific chromosome variations in different amphibian and reptile taxa.
We kindly invite you to share your latest findings on the following topics:
- Karyological variability in phylogenetic diversification;
- Hybridization and polyploidy;
- Chromosome variations and speciation;
- Sex chromosome evolution;
- Role of mobile DNA elements in chromosome changes;
- B chromosomes;
- Pathogenic and neutral chromosome mutations;
- New methods and approaches in evolutionary cytogenetics.
Prof. Gaetano Odierna
Dr. Marcello Mezzasalma
Prof. Fabio M. Guarino
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- karyotype mutations
- chromosome rearrangements
- chromosome diseases