Yp-specific sequences, including the testicular determinant gene SRY, have been detected and located in a 46,XX true hermaphrodite individual, using PCR amplification and fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH). Among different Y chromosome loci tested, it was only possible to detect Yp sequences. The Y-centromere and Yq sequences were absent. Unexpectedly, the Y fragment was translocated to the long arm of one of the X chromosomes, at the Xq28 level, and the derivative (X) chromosome of the patient lacked q- telomeric sequences. To our knowledge, this is the first Yp/Xq translocation reported. The coexistence of testicular and ovarian tissue in the patient may have arisen by differential inactivation of the Y-bearing X chromosome, in which Xq telomeric sequences are missing. The possible origin of the Yp/Xq translocation, during paternal meiosis or in somatic paternal cells, is discussed.
|Journal||American Journal of Medical Genetics|
|Publication status||Published - 8 Jan 2000|
- Sex determination
- SRY gene
- True hermaphroditism
- X- inactivation