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Variation in pattern and frequency of acrocentric association in normal and trisomy-21 individuals

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Chromosomally normal and trisomy-21 individuals were studied for the ability of their nucleolus-organising chromosomes to form satellite associations in G-banded lymphocyte metaphases. Two types of parameter, absolute association frequency and relative association frequency, were used. There was no significant difference between females and males or between Caucasoids and Mongoloids for either type of association parameter in the controls, nor was there significant correlation between age (17–40 years) and either type of parameter in the controls.

The pattern of two chromosome associations is accounted for by two related models in both normal and trisomic individuals. These models imply that there is an extensive polymorphism for associating ability and that this ability may be zero in individual chromosomes. Homologous do not associate preferentially with each other. The absolute frequency of acrocentric association is lower in trisomy 21 individuals than disomic controls, but the relative involvement of chromosome 21 (after correction for the trisomic state) is higher than in the controls.

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Yip, M., Fox, D.P. Variation in pattern and frequency of acrocentric association in normal and trisomy-21 individuals. Hum Genet 59, 14–22 (1981). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00278848

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  • Association Frequency
  • Association Parameter
  • Satellite Chromosome
  • Satellite Association