Evidence for structural heterogeneity from molecular cytogenetic analysis of dicentric Robertsonian translocations.
Most Robertsonian translocations are dicentric, suggesting that the location of chromosomal breaks leading to their formation occur in the acrocentric short arm. Previous cytogenetic and molecular cytogenetic studies have shown that few Robertsonian translocations retain ribosomal genes or beta-satellite DNA. Breakpoints in satellite III DNA, specifically between two chromosome 14-specific subfamilies, pTRS-47 and pTRS-63, have been indicated for most of the dicentric 14q21q and 13q14q translocations that have been studied. We have analyzed the structure of 36 dicentric translocations, using several repetitive DNA probes that localize to the acrocentric short arm. The majority of the translocations retained satellite III DNA, while others proved variable in structure. Of 10 14q21q translocations analyzed, satellite III DNA was undetected in 1; 6 retained one satellite III DNA subfamily, pTRS-47; and 3 appeared to contain two 14-specific satellite III DNA sub-families, pTRS-47 and pTRS-63. In 10/11 translocations involving chromosome 15, the presence of satellite III DNA was observed. Our results show that various regions of the acrocentric short arm, and, particularly, satellite III DNA sequences, are involved in the formation of Robertsonian translocations.
Sullivan, BA; Jenkins, LS; Karson, EM; Leana-Cox, J; Schwartz, S
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