We describe an 11 year old girl with a de novo unbalanced t(X;10) that resulted in a deletion of Xq26-->Xqter and a trisomy of 10q21-->10qter. Her clinical features were of distal trisomy 10q, but she lacked the cardiovascular and renal malformations observed in duplications of 10q24-->10qter and had only moderate mental retardation. X inactivation was assessed on peripheral blood lymphocytes by late replication with BrdU (LR) and the human androgen receptor assay (HAR). By LR the der(X) was inactive without spreading to 10q21-->10qter in all cells. The HAR assay showed skewed methylation of the paternal allele (90%). The correlation of HAR and LR suggests that the der(X) was paternally inherited and is consistent with data from other de novo balanced and unbalanced X;autosome translocations detected in females. This is the first report of parental origin of a de novo trisomy 10q.
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