parasexual cycle


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parasexual cycle

[¦par·ə′sek·shə·wəl ′sī·kəl]
(genetics)
A series of events leading to genetic recombination in vegetative or somatic cells even in mammals; it was first described in filamentous fungi; there are three essential steps: heterokaryosis; fusion of unlike haploid nuclei in the heterokaryon to yield heterozygous diploid nuclei; and recombination and segregation at mitosis by two independent processes, mitotic crossing-over and loss of chromosomes.
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The occurrence of parasexual cycle as mechanism of recombination among Alternaria alternata isolates of a subpopulation from citrus has been suggested (STEWART et al.
grandis indicated the possible occurrence of a parasexual cycle.
albicans mating type locus and the delineation of the unique pathway of a parasexual cycle are discussed.