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Keywords:

  • tetrasomy 13q;
  • supernumerary marker chromosome;
  • neocentromere;
  • array CGH;
  • genotype–phenotype correlation

Abstract

Small supernumerary marker chromosome (sSMC) lacking alpha satellite DNA or endogenous centromere regions are rare and contain fully functional centromeres, called neocentromeres. We report on a woman with a 14-week gestation pregnancy with a cystic hygroma and cerebellar hypoplasia at ultrasound examination. Cytogenetic studies showed a karyotype 47,XY,+mar dn. This sSMC was observed in chorionic villi, lung, and muscle tissue. Array Comparative Genomic Hybridization showed a gain from 13q31.1 to 13qter region. Fluorescent in situ hybridization with pan alpha satellite probe and probes specific for chromosome 13 showed a marker corresponding to an inversion duplication of the 13q distal chromosomal region without alpha satellite DNA sequence, suggesting the presence of a neocentromere. Examination of the fetus showed dysmorphic features, cystic cervical hygroma, postaxial polydactyly of the right hand and left foot with short fingers, malrotation of the gut, and a micropenis with hypospadias. Genotype–phenotype correlation in tetrasomy 13q is discussed according to the four 13q chromosomal breakpoints reported (13q32, 13q31, 13q21, 13q14) for chromosome 13 supernumerary markers. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.