A synaptonemal complex (SC) analysis was carried out in male mice heterozygous (CHT) for three Robertsonian translocations. All pachytene preparations studied showed the presence of three trivalents. At early pachytene, the nonhomologous centromeric regions of the acrocentric chromosomes were unpaired. Heterosynapsis subsequently took place with complete pairing of the trivalents. Association between one of the three trivalents and the sex vesicle was observed in 30.4% of the nuclei. © 1989 S. Karger AG. Basel.