Several constitutional rearrangements, including deletions, duplications, and translocations, are associated with 22q11.2. These rearrangements give rise to a variety of genomic disorders, including DiGeorge, velocardiofacial, and conotruncal anomaly face syndromes (DGS/VCFS/CAFS), cat eye syndrome (CES), and the supernumerary der(22)t(11;22) syndrome associated with the recurrent t(11;22). Chromosome 22-specific duplications or low copy repeats (LCRs) have been directly implicated in the chromosomal rearrangements associated with 22q11.2. Extensive sequence analysis of the different copies of 22q11 LCRs suggests a complex organization. Examination of their evolutionary origin suggests that the duplications in 22q11.2 may predate the divergence of New World monkeys 40 million years ago. Based on the current data, a number of models are proposed to explain the LCR-mediated constitutional rearrangements of 22q11.2.
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