Thursday 14 June 2007
Jumping translocations (JT) are uncommon constitutional or acquired chromosome rearrangements involving one donor and several recipient chromosomes.
They occur in various pathologic conditions and the mechanism of their formation remains elusive.
The major localizations of the breakpoints of JTs in human samples are nonrandomly located in pericentromeric and telomeric regions of chromosomes.
Comparison of the localization of the chromosomal breakpoints and of presence of interstitial DNA repeats showed differences between constitutional and acquired JTs suggesting differences in the mechanisms for the genesis of JTs and their consequences.