Placental mosaicism and survival of trisomies 13 and 18

Department of Pathology and Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
The American Journal of Human Genetics (Impact Factor: 10.93). 04/1989; 44(3):338-43.
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Cytogenetic analysis of 14 placentas from live newborn infants or from terminated pregnancies with trisomies 13 and 18 revealed that all were mosaic. The mosaicism was confined to the cytotrophoblast and not detected in villous stroma, chorionic plate, or amnion. The percentage of cells with a normal karyotype varied from 12% to 100%, the average being 70%. No such confined mosaicism could be detected in 12 placentas of trisomy 21 fetuses. These findings suggest that a postzygotic loss of a trisomic chromosome in a progenitor cell of trophectoderm facilitates the intrauterine survival of trisomy-13 and -18 conceptuses. They also imply that it is placental function which determines the intrauterine survival and that the mother plays no active role in rejection of trisomic conceptions. The combination of both a pre- and post-zygotic cell division defect in viable trisomy-13 and -18 conceptions points to the possibility of a genetic predisposition to such events. The detection of only a diploid cell line in the cytotrophoblast of some pregnancies with trisomies 13 and 18 also suggests that direct preparation is unreliable for prenatal diagnosis of these trisomies on chorionic villi sampling and that long-term villous culture should be used.

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    • "Irrespective of their incidence, all autosomal trisomies seem lethal to embryonic or fetal development with only a few exceptions. For example, approximately 75–80% of trisomy 21, more than 95% of trisomy 13 or 18, and 100% of trisomy 16 conceptuses do not survive to term [Kalousek et al., 1989]. Liveborn children with non-mosaic trisomy 22 are extremely rare, and their life span ranged from minutes to 3 years of age with an average survival of four days [Heinrich et al., 2013]. "
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    • "In all three types, the mosaicism is confined to the placenta and the fetus is normal [7]. Fetal growth retardation and death were shown to be associated with an increasing proportion of aneuploidic cells in the placenta and placental lineage, even when the chromosomal anomaly is exclusively confined to the placenta, suggesting a major influence for the placenta on abnormal fetal development [9–11]. Abnormal placentation early in pregnancy results in restricted blood flow to the placental-fetal unit. "
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    • "In twin B described herein, where the presence of a trisomy 18 was suspected by MRA analysis, and confirmed cytogenetically both in CVS-LTC and postpartum placenta (low mosaic), a type III CPM is supposed to be present. Type III CPM has been reported to provide biological protection for trisomy 18 conceptuses and facilitate their intrauterine survival [Kalousek et al., 1989]. This is reinforced by the fact that USE anomalies found in the first trimester resolved spontaneously with no other abnormalities found in subsequent USE and is an indication of a favorable outcome. "

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