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Keywords:

  • Vicia faba L.;
  • Nucleolus;
  • Fibrillar center;
  • Dense fibrillar components;
  • rDNA

Abstract

The distribution and organization of nucleolar DNA in Vicia faba L. was analyzed by specific cytochemical staining using NAMA-Ur. The results showed that nucleolar DNA was distributed in the FCs and at the FC/DFC junctions. Statistical analysis showed that the rRNA genes occupied about one-third of the total dense fibrillar component region. The rDNA was condensed in some regions and uncondensed in others. Nucleolus-associated chromatin extended from outside the nucleolus to the periphery of the FCs via nucleolar channels, suggesting a possible origin for nucleolar DNA.