Fosco Bernasconi

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Haplotype analysis was undertaken in 20 cases of 15q11-q13 deletion associated with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) or Angelman syndrome (AS) to determine if these deletions arose through unequal meiotic crossing over between homologous chromosomes. Of these, six cases of PWS and three of AS were informative for markers on both sides of the deletion. For four(More)
Thirty-two cases of uniparental disomy (UPD), ascertained from Prader-Willi syndrome patients (N = 27) and Angelman syndrome patients (N = 5), are used to investigate the pattern of recombination associated with nondisjunction of chromosome 15. In addition, the meiotic stage of nondisjunction is inferred by using markers mapping near the centromere. Two(More)
The majority of Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS) patients have been shown to have a microdeletion within 7q11.2 including the elastin gene locus. The extent of these deletions has, however, not been well characterized. Thirty-five deletion patients were tested for all polymorphic markers in the 7q11.2 region bounding ELN to define the extent of deletions(More)
Molecular studies were performed on 101 cases of confined placental mosaicism (CPM) involving autosomal trisomy. The origin of the trisomic cell line was determined in 54 cases (from 51 pregnancies), 47 of which were also analyzed for the presence of uniparental disomy (UPD) in the disomic cell line. An additional 47 cases were analyzed for parental origin(More)
Although maternal meiotic errors predominate in most studies of nonmosaic trisomy, studies of trisomy ascertained through confined placental mosaicism (CPM) have shown a high rate of somatic errors. However, origin of trisomy of many of the chromosomes involved in CPM has not been evaluated previously in cases ascertained through spontaneous abortions(More)
Maternal uniparental disomy for the entire chromosome 7 has so far been reported in three patients with intrauterine and postnatal growth retardation. Two were detected because they were homozygous for a cystic fibrosis mutation for which only the mother was heterozygous, and one because he was homozygous for a rare COL1A2 mutation. We investigated 35(More)
A 7 year old girl with intrachromosomal triplication 46,XX,-15,+der(15)(pter-->q13::q13-->q11::q11-->qter) resulting in tetrasomy of 15q11-q13 is reported. Fluorescence in situ hybridisation confirmed that the tetrasomic region included the entire segment normally deleted in Prader-Willi and Angelman syndrome patients, and breakpoints were similar to those(More)
One t(14q14q), three t(15q15q), two t(21q21q), and two t(22q22q) nonmosaic, apparently balanced, de novo Robertsonian translocation cases were investigated with polymorphic markers to establish the origin of the translocated chromosomes. Four cases had results indicative of an isochromosome: one t(14q14q) case with mild mental retardation and maternal(More)
A patient with Angelman syndrome and a 46,XY/47,XY,+inv dup(15)(pter-->q11: q11-->pter) karyotype and a patient with Prader-Willi syndrome and a 46,XY/47,XY,+inv dup(15)(pter-->q12: q12-->pter) karyotype were investigated with molecular markers along chromosome 15. Paternal uniparental isodisomy was found for all informative markers in the first case which(More)
Twenty-four cases of trisomy 13 and one case with disomy 13, but a de novo dic(13,13) (p12p12) chromosome, were examined with molecular markers to determine the origin of the extra (or rearranged) chromosome. Twenty-one of 23 informative patients were consistent with a maternal origin of the extra chromosome. Lack of a third allele at any locus in both(More)