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Hum Genet. 1997 Sep;100(3-4):407-14.

Trinucleotide repeats (CGG)22TGG(CGG)43TGG(CGG)21 from the fragile X gene remain stable in transgenic mice.

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Laboratory of Genetic Disease Research, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD, USA.


Unstable premutation alleles in fragile X contain CGG repeats ranging from 34 to about 200. To study the mechanism of formation and the behavior of dynamic mutations, we constructed and cloned 88 trinucleotide repeats including 43 uninterrupted CGGs and injected them into mouse fertilized oocytes. We analyzed 342 transgenic animals obtained from 6 different founders after one to four generations, and found that the repeats remained stable regardless of the sex of the transmitting mouse. Therefore, we may need to consider factors other than trinucleotide repeat length alone to explain CGG instability and create an animal model.

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