Instability of the FMR2 trinucleotide repeat region associated with expanded FMR1 alleles

Am J Med Genet. 1997 Dec 31;73(4):447-55. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1096-8628(19971231)73:4<447::aid-ajmg14>;2-r.


The fragile sites FRAXA and FRAXE, located approximately 600 kb apart on Xq27.3 and Xq28, respectively, are due to a CGG trinucleotide repeat expansion. Although the expansion mechanism for these and other trinucleotide repeat disorders remains unknown, the similarities between the FRAXA and FRAXE regions suggest a possible association between the 2 sites. DNA from 953 individuals was analyzed to determine the distribution of FRAXE repeat sizes in this population and to ascertain potential association between FRAXA and FRAXE repeat sizes. Thirty-four FMR2 alleles ranging from 3-42 repeats were identified. No FRAXE expansions were found in this population, supporting previous findings that FRAXE expansions are rare. However, in the fragile X syndrome affected group, a FMR2 delection, 2 cases of FRAXE repeat instability and a FRAXE mosaic male were identified. Also, a previously identified, rare FMR2 polymorphism was observed. Statistical analysis showed no correlation between normal FRAXA and FRAXE repeat sizes studied, although there was a significant size difference in larger FMR2 alleles that segregated with expanded FMR1 alleles. These findings support the idea of an association between repeat expansion in the FMR1 gene and instability or deletions in the FMR2 gene.

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • Blotting, Southern
  • Chromosome Fragile Sites
  • Chromosome Fragility*
  • Deoxyribonuclease HindIII / genetics
  • Female
  • Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein
  • Fragile X Syndrome / genetics*
  • Heterozygote
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins / genetics*
  • Nuclear Proteins*
  • Proteins / genetics*
  • RNA-Binding Proteins*
  • Trans-Activators*
  • Trinucleotide Repeats*


  • AFF2 protein, human
  • FMR1 protein, human
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Proteins
  • RNA-Binding Proteins
  • Trans-Activators
  • Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein
  • Deoxyribonuclease HindIII