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Cytogenet Cell Genet. 1988;47(3):160-6.

Pachytene analysis in males heterozygous for a familial translocation (9;12;13) (q22; q22; q32) ascertained through a child with partial trisomy 9.

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  • 1Institut für Pathologie, Medizinische Universität zu Lübeck, Federal Republic of Germany.


A family with four male and three female heterozygotes for a three-way translocation (9;12;13) (q22; q22; q32) in three generations was ascertained through a chromosomally imbalanced newborn with an additional derivative chromosome 9 resulting from nondisjunction. Three heterozygous males from two generations with apparent differences in their fertility status were investigated using pachytene spreads and testicular histology. Pachytene analysis in all three individuals, the fertile (II-2) as well as the subfertile (III-7) and infertile (III-9), showed a hexavalent with central nonpairing around the translocation breakpoints in nearly all spermatocytes. Thus, the observed hexavalent configurations in pachytene do not seem to have caused impaired fertility. This rather may have been the result of sperm carrying unbalanced chromosome sets. However, the observed difference in fertility between the heterozygous fertile male in generation II and his two heterozygous sons remains unexplained.

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