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Genet Couns. 2006;17(3):371-9.

De novo balanced complex chromosome rearrangement (CCR) involving chromosome 8, 11 and 16 in a boy with mild developmental delay and psychotic disorder.

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  • 1Cytogénétique Médicale, CHU / Faculté de Médecine, Clermont-Ferrand, France.


Congenital Complex Chromosome rearrangements (CCRs) compatible with life are rare in humans. We report a de novo CCR involving chromosomes 8, 11 and 16 with 4 breakpoints in a patient with mild dysmorphic features, acquisition delay and psychotic disorder. Conventional cytogenetic analysis revealed an apparently balanced 8;16 translocation. Further FISH analysis with WCP 8 and WCP 16 probes revealed the presence of a third chromosome involved in the translocation. The multicolour karyotype confirmed the complexity of the rearrangement and showed that the derivative chromosome 8 was composed of 3 distinct segments derived from chromosomes 8, 16 and 11. The breakpoints of this complex rearrangement were located at 8q21, 11q14, 11q23 and 16q12. Comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) and array-CGH were performed to investigate the possibility of any genomic imbalance as a result of the complex rearrangement. No imbalance was detected by these two techniques. Our study showed: i) the necessity to confirm reciprocal translocations with FISH using painting probes, particularly when the karyotype resolution is weak; ii) the usefulness of multicolour karyotype for the characterization of structural chromosomal rearrangements, particularly when they are complex; iii) the usefulness of CGH and array-CGH in cases of abnormal phenotype and apparently balanced rearrangement in order to explore the breakpoints and to detect additional imbalances.

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