The spreading of X inactivation into autosomal material of an X;autosome translocation: Evidence for a difference between autosomal and X-chromosomal DNA

Wendy M. White, Huntington F. Willard, Daniel L. Van Dyke, Daynna J. Wolff

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Abstract

X inactivation involves initiation, propagation, and maintenance of genetic inactivation. Studies of replication timing in X;autosome translocations have suggested that X inactivation may spread into adjacent autosomal DNA. To examine the inactivation of autosomal material at the molecular level, we assessed the transcriptional activity of X-linked and autosomal loci spanning an inactive translocation in a phenotypically normal female with a karyotype of 46,X,der(X)t(X;4)(q22;q24). Since 4q duplications usually manifest dysmorphic features and severe growth and mental retardation, the normal phenotype of this individual suggested the spreading of X inactivation throughout the autosomal material. Consistent with this model, reverse transcription-PCR analysis of 20 transcribed sequences spanning 4q24-qter revealed that three known genes and 11 expressed sequence tags (ESTs) were not expressed in a somatic-cell hybrid that carries the translocation chromosome. However, three ESTs and three known genes were expressed from the t(X;4) chromosome and thus 'escaped' X inactivation. This direct assay of expression demonstrated that the spreading of inactivation from the adjoining X chromosome was incomplete and noncontiguous. These findings are broadly consistent with the existence of genes known to escape inactivation on normal inactive X chromosomes. However, the fact that a high proportion (30%) of tested autosomal genes escaped inactivation may indicate that autosomal material lacks X chromosome-specific features that are associated with the spreading and/or maintenance of inactivation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-28
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Human Genetics
Volume63
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1998
Externally publishedYes

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X Chromosome Inactivation
X Chromosome
DNA
Expressed Sequence Tags
Maintenance
Genes
Hybrid Cells
Gene Silencing
Karyotype
Intellectual Disability
Reverse Transcription
Chromosomes
Phenotype
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Growth

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The spreading of X inactivation into autosomal material of an X;autosome translocation : Evidence for a difference between autosomal and X-chromosomal DNA. / White, Wendy M.; Willard, Huntington F.; Van Dyke, Daniel L.; Wolff, Daynna J.

In: American Journal of Human Genetics, Vol. 63, No. 1, 07.1998, p. 20-28.

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