FRA2B is distinct from inverted telomere repeat arrays at 2q13

J. W. IJdo, A. Baldini, R. A. Wells, D. C. Ward, S. T. Reeders

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Human chromosome 2 was formed by a telomere-to-telomere fusion of two ancestral ape chromosomes. The fusion point is localized in chromosomal band 2q13, which also contains the rare, folate-sensitive fragile site FRA2B. It has been hypothesized that this fragile site may be related to the presence of interstitial telomeric and subtelomeric sequences, which have come to lie in an inverted repeat arrangement as a result of the fusion event. Fluorescence in situ hybridization of a genomic cosmid c8.1, which spans the fusion point, was carried out on metaphase spreads of an individual who expressed the fragile site at 2q13. We show that the fusion point maps distal to this fragile site. Therefore, we conclude that the inverted arrays of telomeric and subtelomeric sequences found at this fusion point are unlikely to correspond to the rare fragile site at 2q13.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)833-835
Number of pages3
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1992
Externally publishedYes


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