1 Basic Human Genetics: Reproductive Health and Chromosome Abnormalities Professor Hanan Hamamy Department of Genetic Medicine and Development Geneva University Switzerland Training Course in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Geneva 2014
2 Categories of Genetic Diseases Single gene abnormalities _ Autosomal dominant Chromosomal abnormalities Numerical Multifactorial e.g.diabetes Acquired somatic abnormalities e.g. cancer Autosomal recessive Structural X-linked Microdeletions Mitochondrial Imprinting
3 Types of Chromosome Abnormalities Numerical: Trisomy Monosomy Mosaicism Triploidy Structural: Translocation Deletion Inversion Microdeletions and microinsertions
4 46 Chromosomes in a human cell as seen under the microscope
5 Frequencies of chromosome abnormalities A chromosome abnormality is present in 40-50% of all recognized first-trimester pregnancy loss. Approximately 1 in 6 of all pregnancies results in spontaneous miscarriage. Birth prevalence of chromosome abnormalities is 0.5-1%.
6 Chromosome abnormalities can cause: Infertility Repeated spontaneous abortions Stillbirths Infant mortality Birth defects Sexual ambiguity or abnormality in sexual development Unexplained short stature in female children Intellectual disability
7 Trisomy Presence of an extra chromosome, the total number of chromosomes is 47 in a somatic cell. Trisomy usually results from meiotic nondisjunction. There are 3 of number 21 chromosomes
8 Monosomy Absence of one chromosome, so the total number of chromosomes is 45 chromosomes in a somatic cell. Usually only seen as 45,X, (autosomal monosomy is usually lethal). Monosomy usually results from meiotic non-disjunction.
9 There are 2 types of cells in an individual, for example normal 46,XY cells and abnormal trisomic cell line 47,XY,+21. The two cell lines are derived from the same zygote due to mitotic nondisjunction. Mosaicism
10 Triploidy Presence of 3 haploid sets : 23 x 3= 69 chromosomes (haploid set =23, diploid set =46). Usually incompatible with life and seen only in abortions. May results from 2 sperms fertilising the ovum or retainment of the polar body with the ovum.
11 Normal meiosis, the 46 chromosomes become 23 in each gamete
12 Non-disjunction during meiosis means that one daughter cell gets 24 chromosomes and the other 22 chromosomes
13 Fertilisation of the gamete carrying 24 chromosomes (extra number 21 ) with a normal gamete having 23 chromosomes results in a zygote of 47 chromosomes (trisomy 21 zygote)
14 Reciprocal translocation = exchange of segments between 2 nonhomologous chromosomes Exchange of segments
15 Robertsonian translocation occurs between 2 acrocentric chromosomes with breaks near centromeres and union of the long arms
16 Carriers of balanced translocations are healthy but They are at risk of having offspring with unbalanced chromosome constitution This may present as: Repeated spontaneous abortions Stillbirths Birth defects Intellectual disability
17 Deletion: loss of part of a chromosome
18 Pericentric inversion: two breaks with inversion of the segment in between
19 Karyotype description 46,XX normal female karyotype 46,XY normal male karyotype 45,X monosomy X = Turner syndrome 47,XY,+21 trisomy 21 = Down syndrome 46,XY, 5p- deletion of part of short arm of chromosome 5 = Cri du Chat syndrome 46, XX, t(2;4)(q22;q23) translocation between long arms of chromosomes 2 and 4 with breakpoints at region 2 band 2 for chromosome 2 and region 2 band 3 for chromosome 4
20 Consequences of chromosome abnormalities Infertility: examples: Turner and Klinefelter syndromes. Repeated spontaneous abortions: healthy carriers of translocations and inversions. Stillbirths and infant deaths: where the chromosome abnormality is very severe for example trisomy 13 and trisomy 18. Congenital disorders : for example Down syndrome, microdeletion syndromes.
21 Syndromes with chromosome abnormalities
22 Chromosome abnormalities at birth Trisomy /1000 births Trisomy /1000 births Trisomy /1000 births 45,X 0.2/1000 female births 47XXX 1/1000 female births 47,XXY 1/1000 male births 47,XYY 1/1000 male births Other unbalanced rearrangements 1/1000 births Balanced rearrangements Total 3/1000 births
23 Down syndrome (DS) The overall prevalence at birth is approximately 1 in 650 to 1 in 700 births. May be higher in some countries where women continue to bear children at an advanced age.
24 Clinical features of DS The most common finding in the newborn period is severe hypotonia. Single palmar creases are found in 50% of Down syndrome children in contrast to 2-3% of the general population. Congenital cardiac abnormalities are present in 40-45% of babies with Down syndrome. Hypothyroidism.
25 Facial features of DS Upward sloping palpebral fissures Brushfield spots and bilateral epicanthic folds Small ears Protruding tongue
26 Natural history of DS Affected children show a broad range of intellectual disability with IQ scores ranging from 25 to 75. The average IQ of young adults with Down syndrome is around 40 to 45. Social skills are relatively well advanced and most children with Down syndrome are happy and very affectionate.
27 Natural history of DS Adult height is usually around 150cm. In the absence of a severe cardiac anomaly, which leads to early death in 15-20% of cases, average life expectancy is years. Most affected adults develop Alzheimer disease in later life due to dosage effect of the amyloid precursor protein gene.
28 Chromosome abnormalities in Down syndrome 95% of cases are trisomy 21, 47,XX,+21 (47,XY,+21), risk of having trisomy 21 increases with advanced maternal age. 4% are due to translocation between chromosome 21 and another acrocentric with a total number of chromosomes =46, but the genetic material of chromosome 21 is present in triplicate. The translocated chromosome is usually inherited from a normal carrier parent. Such a translocation carrier parent has a risk of having a Down syndrome with each pregnancy (about 20% if mother is carrier and 5% if father is carrier). 1% mosaic cases ( 46,XY/47,XY,+21).
29 Salihu, 2003, Obstet Gynecol
30 Meiosis in Robertsonian translocation carrier who has 45 chromosomes ( only one 21) but the other chromosome 21 is translocated to chromosome 22 = normal amount of genetic material
31 The gamete carrying 23 chromosomes but one is a translocation 21/22 is fertilised by a normal gamete resulting in a zygote with translocation Down syndrome
32 Turner syndrome: monosomy X The two main medical problems are short stature and ovarian failure. Ovarian failure leads to primary amenorrhea and infertility. Estrogen replacement therapy should be initiated at adolescence for the development of secondary sexual characteristics and long-term prevention of osteoporosis.
33 Normal female karyotype and Monosomy X
34 Turner syndrome features Lymphedema at birth Low posterior hair-line Increased carrying angles at the elbows Short fourth metacarpals Widely spaced nipples Coarctation of the aorta present in 15% of cases
35 Chromosome anomalies in Turner syndrome 45,X = 50% Mosaics: 46,XX/45,X = 35% Structural abnormalities (deletion, isochromosome, ring X)
36 Turner syndrome is being detected early in pregnancy as a result of routine detailed ultrasound scanning, which can reveal either generalized edema (hydrops) or swelling localized to the neck (nuchal cyst or thickened nuchal pad).
37 Klinefelter syndrome: 47,XXY Infertility. Hypogonadism. Diminished secondary sexual characters. Clumsiness or mild learning difficulties. The overall verbal IQ is reduced by points below that of unaffected siblings and controls. 30% of adult males will show gynecomastia (enlargement of the breasts).
40 XYY MALES Fertility is normal. Physical appearance is normal and stature is usually above average. Intelligence is mildly impaired, with an overall IQ score of points below a control sample. The additional Y chromosome must arise as a result of non-disjunction in paternal meiosis II or as a post-zygotic event.
41 XXX females These women usually have no physical abnormalities but can show a mild reduction of between 10 and 20 points in intellectual skills below their siblings. This is rarely of sufficient severity to require special education. Women with a 47,XXX karyotype usually show normal fertility and have children with normal karyotypes.
42 Chromosome microdeletion syndromes
43 Prader-Willi syndrome Hypotonia Poor sucking and feeding in neonates Fair skin and hair Downturned mouth corners Hyperthermia Gestational history of diminished fetal movements Hyperphagia and obesity Short stature Small hands and feet Mental subnormality Narrow bifrontal diameter Hypogonadotropic hypogonadism Caused by microdeletion of paternal 15q (75%)
44 Diagnosis of microdeletion syndromes FISH techniques using specific probes. Array comparative genomic hybridisation (array CGH). Microdeletions usually cannot be detected in the standard banded karyotype.
46 Indications for chromosome analysis in lymphocytes o Multiple congenital abnormalities o Unexplained mental retardation o Sexual ambiguity or abnormality in sexual development o Infertility o Recurrent miscarriage o Unexplained stillbirth o Unexplained short stature in female children o Malignancy and chromosome breakage syndromes
47 Conclusions Around 20,000 chromosome abnormalities have been registered in laboratory databases. Chromosome abnormalities contribute to about 8% of all birth defects. Chromosome abnormalities can be diagnosed in the fetus through chorion villus biopsy or amniocentesis (prenatal diagnosis), or by preimplantation genetic diagnosis following IVF.
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