Two cases of rare structural aberrations of the Y chromosome were detected: a del(Y) (q12) chromosome in a child with mild dysmorphic features, obesity and psychomotor delay, and two identical satellited Y chromosomes (Yqs) in a normal twin, which were originally observed during routine prenatal diagnosis. In both cases a Yqs chromosome was detected in the father which had arisen from a reciprocal translocation involving the short arm of chromosome 15 and the heterochromatin of the long arm of the Y chromosome (Yqh). Cytogenetic and molecular studies demonstrated that in the reciprocal product of chromosomes 15 and Y PAR2 could not be detected, showing that PAR2 had been deleted. It is discussed whether the translocation of the short arm of an acrocentric chromosome to the heterochromatin of the long arm of the Y chromosome causes instability of this region which results either in loss of genetic material or interference with the normal mechanism of disjunction.
- PAR2 pseudoautosomal region
- Y chromosome satellited (Yqs)