How is Fragile X passed on in families?

Carriers of Fragile X

With each pregnancy, female premutation carriers have a 50% chance of passing on the Fragile X gene change either as a premutation or a full mutation to a child of either sex. The chance of a female premutation carrier having a child with Fragile X syndrome depends on how many CGG repeats she carries. For each pregnancy, females with the full mutation have a 50% chance of having a child with Fragile X syndrome.

Male carriers of the Fragile X premutation will pass the premutation on to all of their daughters, but none of their sons.

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Diagram source: Women’s Health and the Fragile X premutation, Espinel & Sherman, Emory University, Georgia, USA, 2015.


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