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Evidence for mutation by unequal sister chromatid exchange in the Duchenne muscular dystrophy gene.

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We have studied three families each containing a male with Duchenne or Becker muscular dystrophy. Southern blot analysis using both genomic and cDNA probes revealed that an exon-containing segment of DNA within the gene is duplicated in the probands, their mothers, and, in two cases, their sisters. The grandpaternal origin of the duplication has been demonstrated in these families by RFLP and duplication analysis. The results suggest that unequal sister-chromatid exchange, which most likely occurred in the germ cell lineage of the proband's grandfather, is responsible for generating these duplications and that this type of intrachromosomal rearrangement, although rarely reported in humans, is not uncommon in the muscular dystrophy gene.

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