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Human Inheritance. Review – What is Heredity? Heredity is the passing of traits from parents to offspring Genes are passed from parents to offspring (**Remember.

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1 Human Inheritance

2 Review – What is Heredity? Heredity is the passing of traits from parents to offspring Genes are passed from parents to offspring (**Remember a gene is the unit that controls traits) Genes are located on our chromosomes

3 Autosomes vs Sex Chromosomes All human cells contain 46 chromosomes or 23 pairs of chromosomes The first 44 chromosomes (or 22 pairs) are called autosomes The 23 rd pair of chromosomes are the sex chromosomes –In female the sex chromosomes are XX –In males the sex chromosomes are XY

4 Karyotypes A karyotype is a photograph of chromosome pairs. A normal human karyotype is the result of a haploid sperm containing 23 chromosomes fertilizing a haploid egg also carrying 23 chromosomes (23+23=46) Karyotypes are used to detect chromosomal disorders and to determine the sex of an unborn child

5 Normal Female Karyotype This karyotype would be labeled as: 46,XX

6 Normal Male Karyotype This karyotype would be labeled as: 46,XY

7 Pedigrees A pedigree is a diagram that follows the inheritance of a single gene through several generations of family

8 How to Read a Pedigree Circle = female Square = male Horizontal line connect siblings or spouses Vertical lines connect parents and children Shaded figure = Individuals who are affected by the trait Non-shaded = individuals who are unaffected **Children are place in birth order from left to right

9 Practice The following pedigree shows the inheritance of a recessive trait. 1.How many generations are shown? 2.How many children did Parents 1-1 and 1-2 have? How many were boys? How many were girls? 3.How many children did Parents II-1 and II-2 have? How many were boys? How many were girls? 4.Use the key to determine the genotypes of each person in this pedigree. (Hint: label all homozygous recessives first) Key: R = Non-affected; r = affected

10 Chromosome Number Disorders Number disorders occur because of a failure of the chromosomes to separate correctly during meiosis. Nondisjunction – chromosomes fail to separate –Nondisjunction in anaphase I: homologous pairs fail to separate –Nondisjunction in anaphase II: sister chromatids fail to separate In either case, gametes have an abnormal number of chromosomes

11 Nondisjunction in Anaphase I

12 Chromosome Number Disorders Number disorders are NOT inherited; therefore they CANNOT be predicted using Punnett squares

13 Autosomal Number Disorders Most autosomal number disorders are lethal The only autosomal number disorder that allows survival into adulthood is Down syndrome

14 Down Syndrome Also known as Trisomy 21 because there are 3 chromosomes in the 21 st position Characteristics: –Flattened nose and face; upward slanting eyes –Growth, behavior and mental development are all retarded –Risk of heart defects Incidence of having a baby with Down syndrome is higher in older mothers

15 Down Syndrome

16 Sex Chromosome Number Disorders Caused by nondisjunction of the chromosomes in the 23 rd position or the sex chromosomes Turner Syndrome Klinefelter Syndrome

17 Turner Syndrome Also called 45,X0 because individuals lack a 2 nd sex chromosome. Characteristics: –Female –Short stature –Underdeveloped sexually –Sterile (unable to bear children) –Normal life expectancy

18 Turner Syndrome

19 Klinefelter Syndrome Also called 47,XXY because individuals inherit an extra sex chromosome. Characteristics: –Symptoms appear at puberty –Males shows poor sexual development –Infertile –Normal life expectancy

20 Klinefelter Syndrome

21 Sex-Linked Inheritance A gene is referred to as “sex-linked” if it is located on a sex chromosome (either X or Y) In humans, sex-linked genes are almost always located on the larger X chromosome. The Y chromosome is much smaller and carries only a few genes related to sexual development. Females have 2 X chromosomes; males have 1 X.

22 Sex-Linked Inheritance Females will only show recessive traits located on the X chromosome if they are homozygous recessive. Males will always show a recessive trait located on the X chromosome because he only has 1 X. Females can be carriers for sex-linked recessive disorders. –A carrier someone who has the defective allele, but doesn’t show the trait.

23 Sex-Linked Disorders **Important – all of these disorders are sex-linked RECESSIVE**

24 Sex-Linked Disorders 1.Color Blindness: the inability to differentiate and distinguish colors Ex: red-green colorblindness

25 Sex-Linked Disorders 2.Hemophilia: Patients are missing an enzyme required for normal blood clotting. –Have uncontrolled bleeding episodes –Treated with blood transfusions

26 Sex-Linked Disorders 3.Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy –Symptoms develop at 3-6 years of age. –Causes muscle weakening and the breakdown of muscle fibers, leading to eventual death. –There is no available treatment or cure.

27 Sex-Linked Disorders Genotypes for sex-linked traits are written using the X and Y chromosomes to show path of inheritance. C = normal vision c = colorblindness Colorblind male = X c Y Colorblind female = X c X c Carried female = X C X c **Remember males CANNOT be carriers**

28 Sex-Linked Punnett Squares In sex-linked traits, probabilities for male and female offspring must be calculated separately because traits are inherited differently.

29 Sex-Linked Punnett Square Practice 1.A colorblind female marries a man with normal vision. What is the probability of them having colorblind children? Key: ________________________________________ Cross: _______________________________________ Probability of having a colorblind daughter = ___________ Probability of having a colorblind son = ____________

30 Sex-Linked Punnett Square Practice 2. A genetics counselor interviews a couple with a family history of hemophilia to evaluate the possibility of having offspring with the disorder. The wife does not have hemophilia, but states that her father had the disorder. The husband is normal. Key: ________________________________________ Cross: _______________________________________ Probability of having a colorblind daughter = ___________ Probability of having a colorblind son = ____________

31 Autosomal Disorders Most genes are carried on the autosomes, the 44 chromosomes other than the sex chromosomes. Most genetic disorders are autosomal disorders. These disorders affect males and females equally.

32 Autosomal Disorders Autosomal disorders can be divided into three groups based on the pattern of inheritance. –Autosomal Recessive: Person needs two recessive alleles to have the disorder –Autosomal Co-dominant: People with a heterozygous genotype express similar symptoms to the abnormal phenotype –Autosomal Dominant: the dominant allele will cause the disorder; only need one dominant allele

33 Autosomal Recessive Disorders 1.Albinism: characterized by failure to produce the pigment, melanin. –Lack coloration in skin, hair and eyes –At risk for skin cancer –Symptoms appear at birth

34 Autosomal Recessive Disorders 2. Tay-Sachs Disease: characterized by the inability of nerve cells to break down a specific type of lipid. –Symptoms appear between 3-6 months of age –Lipid build-up causes seizures, blindness, degeneration of mental & motor skills –Death usually occurs at or before age 5 –Historically associated with the Jewish population

35 Autosomal Recessive Disorders 3. Cystic Fibrosis: characterized by excess mucus production in the lungs & respiratory system –Symptoms appear just after birth –Suffer from frequent respiratory infections and poor nutrition –Treatment helps patients live to their 20’s & 30’s

36 Cystic Fibrosis

37 Autosomal Recessive Disorders 4. Phenylketonuria or PKU: characterized by the inability to breakdown the amino acid, phenylalanine. –Build-up results in severe brain damage & mental retardation –All babies born in US hospitals are tested for PKU because it is easily treated with a diet low in phenylalanine

38 Phenylketonuria or PKU

39 Autosomal Co-Dominant Disorders 1.Sickle Cell Anemia affects hemoglobin production. –Hemoglobin is the protein that carries oxygen in our red blood cells (RBCs) –Individuals that are homozygous for the abnormal allele (ss) produce an abnormal hemoglobin which causes RBCs to “sickle” during periods of low oxygen Ex: stress, high altitudes –Sickled RBCs block vessels causing severe pain and brain damage

40 Sickle Cell Anemia

41 Autosomal Dominant Disorders 1.Marfan Syndrome: affects the connective tissue of the skeletal system, eyes and circulatory system Characteristics: –Long limbs, vision problem, susceptible to aortic rupture

42 Autosomal Dominant Disorders 2. Huntington’s Disease: characterized by deterioration of the nervous system Characteristics: –Fatal disorder –Symptoms arise in the 40’s-50’s –Mental deterioration –Uncontrollable movements

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