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1 Types of Chromosome Mutations

2 Aneuploidy (2n +/- m) Aneuploids differ from wild-type individuals by part of a chromosome set. Nondisjunction is a common mechanism for aneuploidy. Aneuploidy can be the cause of disorders such as Down Syndrome.

3 Examples of Aneuploidy
Nullisomy (2n -2) Usually lethal in diploids Tolerated in some polyploids Monosomy (2n - 1) Gene imbalance results (missing chromosome) Expression of genes on lone chromosome (hemizygosity) Trisomy (2n + 1) Gene imbalance results (extra chromosome) Viability depends on chromosome and species Disomy (n + 1) Phenomenon in haploid organisms

4 Meiotic Nondisjunction Generates Aneuploid Products

5 Turner Syndrome XO Klinefelter Syndrome XXY

6 Meiotic Products of a Trisomic

7 Characteritstics of Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21)

8 The Maternal-Age Effect in Down Syndrome

9 Trisomy 13: Patau Syndrome
Rarely do fetuses go to term. Rarely do babies survive. Symptoms include: * cleft palate * atrial septal defect * inguinal hernia Polydactyly is common.

10 Trisomy 13: Patau Syndrome
Severity of symptoms is variable. 7-year old survivor (deaf and legally blind). Others are not as fortunate. CYCLOPIA

11 Trisomy 18: Edward’s Syndrome
Rarely do fetuses go to term. Rarely do babies survive. Symptoms include: * cleft palate * small face * short sternum * low-set ears * overlapping fingers * clenched fist * clubfeet

12 Trisomy 18: Edward’s Syndrome These two girls are rare survivors.


14 Heterochromatin Features of Constitutive Heterochromatin
Present at homologous sites on pairs of chromosomes Always genetically inert DNA sequences that are not organized into genes 4. Telomeric and centromeric regions Features of Facultative Heterochromatin Referred to as silent chromatin Potential to become heterochromatic (Barr body) 3. Genetic information that is not expressed once chromatin becomes condensed

15 Mammalian X Chromosome Inactivation
Calico cats are usually females heterozygous for orange allele and black allele at an X-linked locus. Male calico cats are very rare. Why is this the case?

16 X Chromosome Inactivation
Most genes on the inactivated X chromosome are silenced (turned off, not expressed). Genes on the inactivated X chromosome remain silenced in descendant cells. Heritable alteration of this type is an example of epigenetic inheritance. Chromosomal DNA sequence remains unchanged.

17 Mammalian X Chromosome Inactivation
Inactivated X chromosome becomes highly condensed, darkly staining structure called Barr body. State of inactivation is transmitted down the cell lineage.

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