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ISRN Genetics
Volume 2013, Article ID 810120, 5 pages
Research Article

Detection of Fetal Aneuploidies by QF-PCR in Transcervical Cell Samples

Maternity Ward, Careggi University Hospital, Largo Brambilla 3, 50134 Florence, Italy

Received 10 November 2012; Accepted 3 December 2012

Academic Editors: K.-M. Hsiao, D. Radojkovic, and A. Yamamoto

Copyright © 2013 Riccardo Cioni et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To evaluate the accuracy in the diagnosis of aneuploidies of a quantitative fluorescent polymerase chain reaction (QF-PCR) assay on trophoblastic cells recovered from transcervical cells samples (TCCs) collected by intrauterine lavage (IUL). Study Design. DNA analysis was performed on cells of seemingly trophoblastic origin isolated from IUL samples collected prior to first trimester termination of pregnancy. The analysis was performed by multiplex QF-PCR, using a panel of 29 polymorphic short tandem repeats (STRs) for the chromosomes X, Y, 21, 13, and 18. Results. The QF-PCR analysis on placental samples revealed that among the three cases studied there were two cases of trisomy 21 and one case of monosomy X; the comparison of peak profiles obtained from IUL, placental, and maternal samples confirmed the diagnosis of aneuploidy in all three cases. Conclusion. This study suggests that the detection of chromosomal aneuploidies in micromanipulated TCC samples can be achieved by QF-PCR amplification of selected highly polymorphic and chromosome specific markers. With respect to standard karyotype, QF-PCR analysis has the limitation that only numerical abnormalities of selected chromosomes can be detected but retains the advantages of being quicker, less expensive, and less lab demanding.