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Androgen insensitivity syndromes (AIS) are due to end-organ resistance to androgenic steroids in males leading to defective virilization of the external genitalia. The phenotype encompasses a wide array of genital ambiguity and may range from completely female to undervirilized but unequivocally male with infertility. This disorder is caused by mutations of(More)
Abnormal human spermatogenesis is caused by a variety of genetic and acquired conditions. Because spermatogenesis is dependent on androgens, some males may have a minimal form of androgen insensitivity that does not inhibit virilization but impairs fertility. This has lead us to investigate the possibility of abnormalities in the androgen receptor (AR) gene(More)
BACKGROUND XY gonadal dysgenesis (XY-GD) is a heterogeneous disorder characterized by failure of testicular development despite a normal male karyotype. Non-syndromic and syndromic forms can be delineated. Currently, only a minority of cases can be explained by gene mutations. METHODS The aim of this study was to detect microdeletions and duplications by(More)
BACKGROUND SOX9 mutations cause the skeletal malformation syndrome campomelic dysplasia in combination with XY sex reversal. Studies in mice indicate that SOX9 acts as a testis-inducing transcription factor downstream of SRY, triggering Sertoli cell and testis differentiation. An SRY-dependent testis-specific enhancer for Sox9 has been identified only in(More)
Conversion of testosterone (T) to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in genital tissue is catalysed by the enzyme 5 alpha-reductase 2, which is encoded by the SRD5A2 gene. The potent androgen DHT is required for full masculinization of the external genitalia. Mutations of the SRD5A2 gene inhibit enzyme activity, diminish DHT formation, and hence cause(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to assess somatic and inherited androgen receptor gene mutations in families with only one affected individual. METHODS Molecular genetic analysis of the androgen receptor gene in DNA derived from blood leukocytes from 30 families with single-strand conformation analysis, direct sequencing, and restriction(More)
Recent studies indicate that mutations in the androgen receptor gene are associated with androgen insensitivity syndromes, a heterogeneous group of related disorders involving defective sexual differentiation in karyotypic males. In this report, we address the possibility of rapid mutational analysis of the androgen receptor gene for initial diagnosis,(More)
Biologic factors such as genetic and hormonal influences contribute to gender identity, gender role behavior, and sexual orientation in humans, but this relationship is considerably modified by psychologic, social, and cultural factors. The recognition of biologically determined conditions leading to incongruity of genetically determined sex, somatic(More)
Albright's hereditary osteodystrophy (AHO) is characterized by phenotypic signs that typically include brachydactyly and sc calcifications occurring with or without hormone resistance toward PTH or other hormones such as thyroid hormone or gonadotropins. Different inactivating mutations of the gene GNAS1 encoding Gsalpha lead to a reduced Gsalpha protein(More)
BACKGROUND Sufficient androgen receptor (AR) activity is crucial for normal male sexual differentiation. Here we report on two unrelated 46, XY patients suffering from undervirilization and genital malformations. Both patients had a short polyglycine (polyG) repeat of 10 residues and a relatively long polyglutamine (polyQ) repeat of 28 and 30 residues(More)