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The study of the mechanisms of the different phenotypical manifestations in patients with reciprocal translocations
Author(s): Rostyslav Lozynskyi; Maria Lozynska
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Paper Abstract

Cytogenetical study of lymphocytes using the light microscopy could reveal a large amount of chromosomal abnormalities, which determine corresponding hereditary disorders. However, geneticists sometimes observe the cases where the same chromosomal rearrangements seen in light microscope cause quite different phenotype (from normal to abnormal) in relatives. The aim of the study was to explain the mechanisms of the different phenotype appearance in family members carrying the same reciprocal translocations. It was carried out the standard chromosome analysis in 12 families, where some relatives had reciprocal translocations. Chromosomes were differentially stained using G-method. The samples were analysed in optical microscope (x1000). Using OMIM gene map, UCSC Genome Browser, eGenome Release v2.3 and Unigene databases it was revealed transposons and transposon derivates in chromosome regions involved in translocations. We suppose that the variability of clinical manifestations in translocation-bearing patient is caused by the influence of the transposons, such as Hsmar2, Alu-elements or some others. We propose the following mechanisms of transposone action in these patients. The first may lie on recombination between the 2 specific DNA-transposon containing sites on different chromosomes resulting in balanced reciprocal translocation with no significant influence on the most genes' activity in corresponding regions. The weakening of transposase repression, which may follow in gametes, increases the transposase activity, and hereby, the probability of transposon dislocation. Dislocation can change the activity of groups of genes, because transposons often carry the regulatory sequences. This can induce multiply innate disorders in the progeny of the phenotypically healthy parents, carrying the translocation. According to the second mechanism, the reciprocal translocation is caused by recombination between 2 Alu repeats. These repeats can undergo reverse transcription, and a DNA-product, formed during this process, can paste in a new chromosome region in gametes. As the Alu repeats contain the CpG-islands, they can change the gene activity resulting in a disorder. The understanding of the cases of such genetical disorders might help to predict the appearance of the progeny with pathological karyotype, making the light microscopy more informative in diagnostic of the diseases.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 April 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6191, Biophotonics and New Therapy Frontiers, 61911O (14 April 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.663011
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Rostyslav Lozynskyi, Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical Univ. (Ukraine)
Maria Lozynska, Institute of Hereditary Pathology (Ukraine)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6191:
Biophotonics and New Therapy Frontiers
Romualda Grzymala; Olivier Haeberle, Editor(s)

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