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Hum Reprod. 1990 Jul;5(5):606-9.

Sperm chromosome analysis in a man heterozygous for a reciprocal translocation 46,XY t(12;20)(q24.3;q11).

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Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


Sperm chromosome complements were studied in a man who carried a reciprocal translocation t(12;20)(q24.3;q11). A total of 113 spermatozoa were karyotyped after in-vitro penetration of hamster eggs. 2:2 and 3:1 meiotic segregations were observed with the following frequencies: alternate 47%, adjacent 1 42%, adjacent 2 10%, 3:1 2%. For alternate segregations, the number of normal spermatozoa (25) was not significantly different from the number of spermatozoa carrying a balanced form of the translocation (28), as theoretically expected. The proportion of spermatozoa with an unbalanced form of the translocation was 53%. There was no evidence for an interchromosomal effect since the frequencies of numerical and structural abnormalities (unrelated to the translocation) were within the normal range of control donors.

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