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Frequency of satellite association in individuals with structural abnormalities of nucleolus organiser region

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The frequency of involvement of acrocentric chromosomes into satellite association has been extensively studied in recent years. These studies have aimed to show the existence of a relationship between satellite association, centric fusion and non-disjunction. In the present paper, evidence is given that different D-group chromosomes all bearing structural abnormalities in the nucleolus organizer region are preferentially involved in satellite association. Some interpretations of this finding are discussed.


Die Häufigkeit der Beteiligung akrozentrischer Chromosomen bei Satellitenassoziation ist in den letzten Jahren eingehend untersucht worden. Diese Untersuchungen hatten zum Ziel, die Beziehungen zwischen Satellitenassoziation, zentrischer Fusion und Non-disjunction aufzuzeigen. Hier könnte dargelegt werden, daß verschiedene D-Chromosomen, die einen Defekt in der Region des Nucleolus-Organisators haben, bevorzugt an der Satellitenassoziation beteiligt sind. Erklärungen dieser Befunde werden diskutiert.

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de Capoa, A., Rocchi, A. & Gigliani, F. Frequency of satellite association in individuals with structural abnormalities of nucleolus organiser region. Humangenetik 18, 111–115 (1973).

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