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Reprod Biol Endocrinol. 2006 Aug 2;4:40.

Novel missense mutations of the Deleted-in-AZoospermia-Like (DAZL) gene in infertile women and men.

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Human Embryonic Stem Cell Center, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA. joyce.tung@stanford.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The Deleted-in-AZoospermia-Like (DAZL) gene has homologs required for germ cell development in many organisms. Recently, we showed that there are several common polymorphisms within the DAZL gene that are associated with age at ovarian failure/menopause and sperm count.

METHODS:

Here we sought to identify rare mutations in DAZL and examine their phenotypes in men and women. We sequenced the DAZL gene in 519 individuals; sequences spanned the entire coding region of the gene.

RESULTS:

We report the identification of four putative missense mutations in DAZL. Three individuals that were heterozygous for a DAZL mutation reported having children, while two individuals that were homozygous reported no children. These mutations were found only in infertile men and women.

CONCLUSION:

Given the strong data associating DAZL polymorphisms and deletions with fertility in humans and model organisms, we suggest that these mutations may be associated with age at menopause and/or sperm count and warrant further biochemical and genetic investigation.

PMID:
16884537
PMCID:
PMC1557510
DOI:
10.1186/1477-7827-4-40
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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