Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to or having large chromosomes formed by repeated DNA replication and consisting of many chromatids side by side.

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  • adjective molecular biology Having very large chromosomes with many strands
  • noun molecular biology A very large chromosome with many strands; a chromosome exhibiting polyteny

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[poly– + Latin taenia, band (from Greek tainiā, ribbon; see ten- in Indo-European roots).]

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poly- + -tene

Examples

  • Using antibodies, Capelson and her collaborators were able to detect the binding of Nup98, SEC13, and FG-containing nucleoporins to specific genes on the polytene chromosomes.

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  • Using antibodies, Capelson and her collaborators were able to detect the binding of Nup98, SEC13, and FG-containing nucleoporins to specific genes on the polytene chromosomes.

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  • Immunolocalization studies on Drosophila polytene chromosomes suggest that Spt5 is associated with many loci throughout the genome.

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  • At the molecular level, Spt5 localization on polytene chromosomes and chromatin immunoprecipitation studies reveal broad distribution of Spt5 at sites of active transcription as well as at the un-induced heat shock gene promoters

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