Human Genetics

, Volume 61, Issue 2, pp 145–147

Complete moles have paternal chromosomes but maternal mitochondrial DNA

Authors

  • Douglas C. Wallace
    • Department of Genetics, School of MedicineStanford University
  • Urvashi Surti
    • Department of PathologyMagee-Womens Hospital
  • Camellia W. Adams
    • Department of Genetics, School of MedicineStanford University
  • A. E. Szulman
    • Department of PathologyMagee-Womens Hospital
Original Investigations

DOI: 10.1007/BF00274205

Cite this article as:
Wallace, D.C., Surti, U., Adams, C.W. et al. Hum Genet (1982) 61: 145. doi:10.1007/BF00274205

Summary

Complete hydatidiform moles contain only paternal chromosomes. To learn more of their origin, we used restriction endonuclease site polymorphisms found in the parental mitochondrial DNAs to demonstrate that moles contain exclusively maternal mitochondrial DNA. Thus, moles must arise from the fusion of one or two sperm with a mature but anucleate ovum.

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© Springer-Verlag 1982