Analysis of the distribution of published chromosome breaks in cells with constitutional chromosome aberrations showed a Non-random distribution of breaks among chromosomes and chromosome regions. A significant amount of breakage occurred at Giemsa-negative bands. In addition, chromosome sites associated with a number of fragile sites and cellular oncogene sites were affected Non-randomly. The data are consistent with the hypothesis that chromosome breakage occurs in somatic or germ cells as a result of recombinational errors involving actively transcribing chromatin regions or regions of unstable DNA sequence structure placed in proximity during interphase.
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- Molecular Biology