Non-invasive early prenatal molecular diagnosis using retrieved transcervical trophoblast cells

A. Massari, G. Novelli, A. Colosimo, F. Sangiuolo, G. Palka, G. Calabrese, L. Camurri, G. Ghirardini, G. Milani, C. Giorlandino, G. Gazzanelli, M. Malatesta, C. Romanini, B. Dallapiccola

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Fetal DNA was recovered from 17 of 39 (44%) transcervical cell (TCC) samples obtained between 7 and 9 weeks of gestation by endocervical canal flushing. Trophoblast retrieval was adequate for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of Y chromosome-specific DNA sequences and detection of paternal-specific microsatellite alleles. The fetal sex predicted by PCR in TCCs was confirmed in all cases by karyotype analysis of chorionic villi at 10 weeks of gestation. The absence of the disease-associated paternal alleles in TCC samples from two pregnancies at risk for spinal muscular atrophy and myotonic dystrophy predicted unaffected fetuses in agreement with subsequent results on chorionic villi and newborns leukocytes. A trisomy 21 fetus was diagnosed in TCCs using fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) and semiquantitative PCR analysis of superoxide dismutase-1 (SOD 1). Present experience indicates that TCC sampling is a promising technique for early prenatal monitoring of Mendelian disorders and chromosome aneuploidy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-155
Number of pages6
JournalHuman Genetics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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