Isochromosome 15q of maternal origin in a Prader-Willi patient with pituitary adenoma

Acta Genet Med Gemellol (Roma). 1996;45(1-2):213-6. doi: 10.1017/s000156600000132x.


We report on a Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) patient carrier of a balanced 15q15q translocation and affected by a prolactin-secreting pituitary adenoma. Evidence provided by molecular studies indicates that the structural rearrangement is an isochromosome of maternal origin. According to the identification of isodisomy as the basis of the association of rare disorders and the recent report on chromosome 15 monosomy and nullisomy in pituitary adenoma, we suggest that in our case PWS and pituitary adenoma might be related.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenoma / genetics*
  • Adenoma / metabolism
  • Adult
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 15*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Isochromosomes*
  • Male
  • Pituitary Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Pituitary Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome / genetics*
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome / metabolism
  • Prolactin / metabolism


  • Prolactin