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Mol Hum Reprod. 1996 Jul;2(7):485-8.

Analysis of the sex chromosomal equipment in spermatozoa of a 47,XYY male using two-colour fluorescence in-situ hybridization.

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  • 1Service de Cytogénétique, Immunocytologie, Biologie du Développement et de la Reproduction, Hôpital Saint Jacques, Besançon, France.


The sex chromosomes in spermatozoa of a 47,XYY fertile male were analysed simultaneously by dual fluorescence in-situ hybridization (FISH), with two probes (pHY2.1 and pXBR). Of the 100000 cells analysed, 95179 spermatozoa (95.18%) exhibited one or more hybridization signals. Of the hybridized nuclei, 85.37% showed a normal sex chromosome constitution (37.37% X-bearing cells and 48.00% Y-bearing cells), with an X:Y ratio of 0.78:1. A total of 14.63% of the hybridized nuclei exhibited sex chromosome aneuploidy with a majority of XY- and YY-bearing spermatozoa (9.37 and 4.65% respectively). Even if the majority of spermatozoa have chromosomal haploidy, a large proportion of them exhibits numerical errors for the sex chromosomes. These observations raise questions about the commonly-admitted notions concerning the absence of chromosomal risk for XYY male offspring.

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