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X chromosome inactivation is the the process by which most genes on one of the two X chromosomes in females are silenced epigenetically and randomly, and so fail to produce any product. This is a natural process which can be seen in female mammals, XX.
Thus females are mosaic with respect to X-linked gene expression. Most mutations are thought to appear spontaneously. It has an incidence of about male live births. Although Turner syndrome is seen in about 1 in 2, to 1 in 5, female live births, the 45,X karyotype accounts for 10 to 20 percent of the chromosomal abnormalities seen in spontaneously aborted fetuses, demonstrating that almost all 45,X conceptions are lost to miscarriage.
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X chromosome inactivation is the the process by which most genes on one of the two X chromosomes in females are silenced epigenetically and randomly, and so fail to produce any product. The infertility is a result of atrophy of the seminiferous tubules. Clinical indications that should raise suspicions of a sex chromosome abnormality are:.
This is described as mosaic Klinefelter syndrome, and can be described with some variant of mosaic karyotype e. Similarly, girls who are missing a sex chromosome have a specific syndrome Turner syndromewhereas fetuses who are missing a nonsex chromosome do not survive. An extra chromosome 1 can be fatal to a fetus.
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Test your knowledge. Overview of Genetic Disorders. This is due to X-inactivation. This is a natural process which can be seen in female mammals, XX. Mammals normally have more than one X chromosome, but the genes from only one is expressed.