Article Text

Download PDFPDF

A complex rearrangement associated with sex reversal and the Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome: a cytogenetic and molecular study.
  1. K Coles,
  2. M Mackenzie,
  3. J Crolla,
  4. J Harvey,
  5. J Starr,
  6. F Howard,
  7. P Jacobs
  1. Wessex Regional Genetics Laboratory, Salisbury District Hospital.


    We report a male infant referred with multiple congenital abnormalities consistent with the Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. Cytogenetic analysis showed a chromosome complement of 46,XX with a deletion of 4p15.2----4pter and its replacement by material of unknown origin. The patient was positive for a number of Yp probes including SRY, the testis determining factor, and in situ hybridisation localised the Yp material to the tip of the short arm of one X chromosome. Using pDP230, a probe for the pseudoautosomal region, and M27 beta, which recognises a locus in proximal Xp, the material translocated on to 4p was identified as originating from the short arm of the paternal X chromosome. The most reasonable explanation for this complex rearrangement is two separate exchange events involving both chromatids of Xp during paternal meiosis. An aberrant X-Y interchange gave rise to the sex reversal and an X;4 translocation resulted in additional, apparently active Xp material and a deletion of 4p which produced the Wolf-Hirschhorn phenotype.

    Statistics from

    Request Permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.