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46,XY pure gonadal dysgenesis

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- Case 271 : 46,XY Pure gonadal dysgenesis. Streak gonad.

Definition : The 46,XY pure gonadal dysgenesis is more common than the 46,XX pure gonadal dysgenesis.


- DHH germline mutations

  • DHH-asssociated gonadal dysgenesis (MIM.233420)

The syndrome of 46,XY pure gonadal dysgenesis may be sporadic or familial with either X-linked recessive or autosomal recessive patterns of inheritance.

Some patients have a 45,X/46,XY mosaicism and are close to mixed gonadal dysgenesis with 45,X/46,XY mosaicism.

The 46,XY pure gonadal dysgenesis may also involve deletion of the SRY gene, a mutated inactive SRY gene or a defective promoter cofactor.

One gene believed crucial for regulating the SRY gene is DAX located on the X chromosomal short arm. The gene is unusual in that only one copy, which is normal, is insufficient to negate the effects of the SRY gene.

A double dosage, i.e., the presence of two active copies in tandem, results in sex reversal from male to female. (It seems that the DAX locus is normally subject to X inactivation as patients with Klinefelter syndrome have two copies of the affected X chromosome locus.)

In one series of 14 XY females with pure gonadal dysgenesis, patients who had normal SRY had gonads composed of undifferentiated stroma in which were tubules or a rete structure suggesting some differentiation towards testis.

In those cases where there were mutations in SRY-orf (SRY-opening reading frames), no tubules were observed; the gonads were composed exclusively of ovarianlike stroma with sclerohyaline nodules in some areas. These data also suggested that SRY may play a role in rete testis formation.

See also

- gonadal dysgenesis


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