The chromosome constitution of 1000 human spermatozoa

R. H. Martin*, W. Balkan, Kathy Burns, A. W. Rademaker, C. C. Lin, N. L. Rudd

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Chromosomal analysis of 1000 spermatozoa from 33 normal men was performed using in vitro fertilization of zonafree golden hamster eggs. The frequency of abnormal sperm complements was 8.5%: 5.2% were aneuploid and 3.3% had a structural chromosome abnormality. The frequencies of hyperhaploid (2.4%) and hypohaploid (2.7%) sperm complements were not significantly different and all chromosome groups were represented among the aneuploid complements. The majority (22/33) of structurally abnormal complements had a chromosome break. The percentages of X and Y-bearing sperm were 53.9% and 46.1%, which is significantly different from the expected one to one ratio.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-309
Number of pages5
JournalHuman Genetics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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