Journal Article

Chromosome Painting: A Useful Art

Thomas Ried, Evelin Schröck, Yi Ning and Johannes Wienberg

in Human Molecular Genetics

Volume 7, issue 10, pages 1619-1626
Published in print September 1998 | ISSN: 0964-6906
Published online September 1998 | e-ISSN: 1460-2083 | DOI:
Chromosome Painting: A Useful Art

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Chromosome ‘painting’ refers to the hybridization of fluorescently labeled chromosome-specific, composite probe pools to cytological preparations. Chromosome painting allows the visualization of individual chromosomes in metaphase or interphase cells and the identification of both numerical and structural chromosomal aberrations in human pathology with high sensitivity and specificity. In addition to human chromosome-specific probe pools, painting probes have become available for an increasing range of different species. They can be applied to cross-species comparisons as well as to the study of chromosomal rearrangements in animal models of human diseases. The simultaneous hybridization of multiple chromosome painting probes, each tagged with a specific fluorochrome or fluorochrome combination, has resulted in the differential color display of human (and mouse) chromosomes, i.e. color karyotyping. In this review, we will summarize recent developments of multicolor chromosome painting, describe applications in basic chromosome research and cytogenetic diagnostics, and discuss limitations and future directions.

Journal Article.  6379 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Genetics and Genomics

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