Supernumerary chromosomes and spermatogenesis in a human male carrier
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A 57-year-old patient was referred because of primary sterility. Spermogram and testicular histology showed moderate oligospermia and irregular hypospermatogenesis. Karyotypic analysis revealed the presence of a metacentric supernumerary chromosome. Synaptonemal complex analysis using the surface-spreading technique was undertaken to study the meiotic behaviour of the extra chromosome during the pachytene stages. The relationship of the extra chromosome to the infertility of the carrier is discussed.
KeywordsInternal Medicine Metabolic Disease Infertility Complex Analysis Synaptonemal Complex
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