Persistence of a monosomic cell line in a fetus with mosaic trisomy 8


  • How to Cite this Article: Turchetti D, Pompilii E, Magrini E, Bonasoni MP, Pittalis MC, Segata M, Pession A, Santini D, Pilu G, Seri M. 2011. Persistence of a monosomic cell line in a fetus with mosaic trisomy 8. Am J Med Genet Part A 155: 2791–2794.


We report on a fetus presenting with an increased nuchal translucency, in which chorionic villus sampling led to the diagnosis of mosaic trisomy 8. Ultrasound scan performed at 15+6 weeks revealed bilateral cleft lip and palate, flat facial profile, and arrhinia. Pregnancy was terminated at 16+6; postmortem examination showed additional findings including hypospadias, bilateral renal dysplasia, and focal portal fibrosis of the liver. In order to confirm the presence of trisomy 8, FISH analysis was performed in abnormal renal and hepatic tissue, which, unexpectedly, showed a higher fraction of cells with only one fluorescent probe signal (43% and 23%, respectively), if compared with normal fetal liver and kidney (3–10%). This finding is consistent with the survival in this fetus of a monosomic cell line after mitotic non-disjunction, which is in contrast with what is generally thought about mosaic trisomy genesis. We hypothesize that the possible persistence of the monosomic cell line, in addition to the variable distribution of aneuploid cells in the body tissues, could explain the high heterogeneity of mosaic trisomy 8 phenotype. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.