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J Reprod Med. 2000 Jul;45(7):591-4.

Breakpoint of a Y chromosome pericentric inversion in the DAZ gene area. A case report.

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Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University of Bari, Italy.



The presence of a spermatogenesis locus (gene or gene complex) in the euchromatic region of the long arm of the Y chromosome (Yq11), defined as azoospermia factor on the basis of gross structural rearrangement, was detected. The gene family responsible for different spermatogenetic defects is "deleted in azoospermia" (DAZ).


A 34-year-old man had oligozoospermia, and a cytogenetic analysis carried out on peripheral lymphocytes with G banding revealed a 46,X, inv(Y)(p11q11)karyotype. The relation between the chromosomal breakpoint and the DAZ gene was more precisely defined by a fluorescent in situ hybridization technique. We revealed two signals for the DAZ gene, weaker than normal, one on the short arm and the other on the long arm of the Y chromosome, indicating that the breakpoint was located at the DAZ gene level.


This is the first report documenting a chromosomal pericentric inversion with disruption in the DAZ gene area. We hope to obtain information on whether the disruption affects a functional zone of the gene and correlates with oligospermia at the chromosomal level.

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