Prophase I is divided into five sub-phases: leptotene, zygotene, pachytene, diplotene and diakinesis. Another sub-phase called preleptonema is sometimes . Leptotene; Zygotene; Pachytene; Diplotene; Diakinesis. Prometaphase I; Metaphase I; Anaphase I. C) Pachytene- In this stages, there is the chaismata formation takes place where crossing over Leptotene, Zygotene, Pachytene, Diplotene and Diakinesis.

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This system is disassembled and reassembled as the contractile ring for cytokinesis cytoplasm division following cell division mitosis and meiosis. There are polar bodies derived from the oocyte present in the zygote, the number is dependent upon whether polar body 1 the first polar body formed during meiosis 1 divides during meiosis 2.

This is called non-disjunction. Views Read View source View history. Normally cells are diploid, containing 2 zytotene of chromosomes. This is called synapsis or syndesis.

In meiosis, how does prophase I differ from prophase II?

PMID meiosis – reductive cell division required to produce germ cells oocytespermatozoa and for sexual reproduction. In the diagram the two chromosomes of paternal origin are indicated in red, those of maternal origin, in blue. These polar bodies do not contribute to the future genetic complement of the zygote, embryo or fetus. All other non-germ cells in the body divide by mitosis. This is followed by metaphase. The primary oocyte undergoes the first three of the substages of prophase I leptotene, zygotene, and pachytene during late fetal life.

Therefore, meiosis results in a variation whereas mitosis produces exact copies of the parent cell. Discussion View source History. Chromosome appears long thread like and made of two sister chromatids.


Complete disappearance of nuclear membrane and nucleoli. The nuclear envelope may form around the dyads and cytokinesis cell division occurs. It ends to pave way for metaphase II. Emerging roles for centromeres in meiosis I chromosome segregation.

Pachytene is also known as pachynema.

Stages of the meiotic prophase of the oocyte

Privacy policy About Embryology Disclaimers. The expression level of Bora was increased during oocyte meiotic maturation, with an elevated level at metaphase. Prophase I of meiosis is a very elaborate phase subdivided in leptotene, zygotene, pachytene, diplotene and diakinesis.

The dictyotene diplogene is the resting phase of the oocyte. If the error is in a sex chromosome, the inheritance is said to be sex-linked. This interdigitating structure consisting of antiparallel microtubules is responsible for pushing the poles pachytwne the spindle apart.

Mammalian oocytes have no centrosomes, but still form spindles using many microtubule-organizing centres lacking centrioles. Leptotene is the first of five stages of Prophase 1 and consists of the condensing of the already replicated chromosomesthis procedure continues throughout Prophase 1.

Substages of Prophase I

The chiasmata then begin moving toward the ends of the chromatids. In the zygotene stage the homologous i.

In meiosis, if the chromosomes fail to segregate equally and correctly this can lead to genetic disorders. It ldptotene separated into 5 different stages.

Contents 1 Meiosis I [5]. Absence of telomerase activity leads to the chromosome ends shorten during each cell division, becoming critically short and cell senescence then occurs. Bivalent is the preferred term, but tetrad is, nonetheless, the word more commonly used in most introductory biology classes.

A mouse oocyte undergoing meiosis spindle migration followed by first polar body extrusion and MII spindle positioning.

We present a detailed study of crossover formation in human male and female meiosis, enabled by modeling analysis. This process of sliding toward the ends is known as terminalization.


The chromosomes are decondensed during this phase. They remain connected together only by the centromere, so that the typical scissor or pliers form of the chromosomes becomes visible.

Centrioles move to opposing poles and spindle fibres start to form. Crossing over produces “cross-over chromatids ,” each composed of distinct blocks of DNA, some blocks derived from the mother, others from the father. Therefore, in dictyotene and consequently prophase I can last months or even years, depending on the type of organism in question. The zygogene appear single because the sister chromatids are still so tightly bound to each other that they cannot be separately seen.

How many chromosomes do diploid cells have? The nuclear envelope reforms around the myads. Development. Recent research in some species suggest that the space formed by the peripheral polar body between the oocyte and the zona pellucia can leptoteme the site of spermatozoa fertilization. Meiosis – divided into 3 temporally distinct phases.

Named by the tubulin monomers assembling into “tubes”, and are the largest in cross-section of the three filament systems microfilaments and intermediate filaments.

Meiosis I – Prophase I

How does a diploid organism differ from a haploid organism? Meiotic cell division also reduces halves the chromosomal content.

Like mitosis, chromosomes in meiosis have duplicated in Interphaseduring S phase and also ends with cytokinesis. UNSW Pachytenr is provided as an educational resource with no clinical information or commercial affiliation. How can a haploid organisms produce gametes?