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Clinical Features of Chromosome 6 Translocation in Male Carriers: A Report of 10 Cases and Review of the Literature

Xiao Yang, Hongguo Zhang, Yang Yu, Haibo Zhu, Xiaonan Hu, Yuting Jiang, Ruixue Wang, Ruizhi Liu

(Center for Reproductive Medicine and Center for Prenatal Diagnosis, First Hospital, Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin, China (mainland))

Med Sci Monit 2018; 24: CLR4162-4168

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.911170


BACKGROUND: The literature indicates that chromosome 6 is involved in balanced translocation and is involved in reproductive failure. This aim of this study was to explore the clinical features of chromosome 6 translocation in male carriers.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: We identified 10 patients who were carriers of chromosome 6 translocations and excluded the patients with varicocele, ejaculatory duct obstruction, and the other cause of infertility. The karyotype was analyzed using G-banding. A search for translocations on chromosome 6 involved in male infertility was performed using PubMed. We included cases of balanced chromosome 6 translocations involving adult men of fertile age and excluded those cases of live-born children, or those without breakpoints involving chromosome 6, or those with complex chromosomal translocations or chimeras.
RESULTS: All 10 patients underwent genetic counseling for infertility. Semen analysis showed that 1 case had azoospermia, while 9 cases exhibited normal semen criteria. The respective partners of the 9 cases with normal semen parameters had a tendency to miscarry: 3 experienced spontaneous and induced abortion because of abnormal embryos; 3 experienced 3 incidents of spontaneous abortion, 2 experienced double spontaneous abortion, and 1 experienced biochemical pregnancy on 3 occasions. Most of the chromosome 6 breakpoints in translocation carriers obtained by the PubMed search were associated with spontaneous abortion.
CONCLUSIONS: Chromosome translocations involving chromosome 6 influence fertility status and lead to increased risk of miscarriage. Cytogenetic screening before opting for assisted reproductive technology and the breakpoints of chromosome 6 translocation should be considered for infertile male carriers.

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