The fragile X in cattle Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • In search of an animal model for the human fragile X syndrome, the chromosomes of Holstein cows were examined. This breed was chosen because of previous studies on the baldy calf syndrome. An achromatic gap was observed at a specific site on the X chromosome closer to the centromere than that identified in humans. This unstained gap was found in 3%-4% of cells of the following four animals: an affected calf, her sister, their mother, and an unrelated Holstein cow. The bovine fragile X may not be analogous to the human fragile X but its location may be important as a genetic marker in linkage studies involving the loci for hypoxanthine phosphoribosyltransferase (HPRT) and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD).

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  • January 1986