A new and unusual reciprocal translocation was detected in a heifer of the Agerolese cattle breed during a routine cytogenetic screening carried out on 13 animals (2 males and 11 females) kept at the ConSDABI Conservation Center in Benevento (Southern Italy). The 13 animals investigated had a normal karyotype except for a 1-year-old female, which carried one autosome smaller than the smallest normal bovine autosomes. This small autosome showed very little C-banding in comparison to the other autosomes, while another medium-sized autosome showed 2 distinct and prominent C-bands. RBA-banding and karyotype analysis revealed that these 2 chromosomes were the result of a reciprocal translocation between chromosomes 11 and 25. FISH analysis with BAC142G06 mapping to the proximal (subcentromeric) region of both BTA25 and der11, BAC513H08 (ELN) mapping to BTA25q22dist and der25, and BAC533C11 mapping to the proximal region of BTA11 and der11 confirmed the localization of the breakpoints on band q11 (centromere) of chromosome 11 and q14–21 of chromosome 25. Ag-NOR and sequential RBA/Ag-NOR techniques detected the presence of NORs on both BTA11 and BTA25 and both der11 and der25. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a reciprocal translocation event in cattle with the breakpoint located in the centromeric region.

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