Human Genetics

, Volume 65, Issue 4, pp 355–357

Steroid sulphatase in man: A non inactivated X-locus with partial gene dosage compensation

Authors

  • G. Lykkesfeldt
    • Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Y, RigshospitaletUniversity of Copenhagen
  • Anne E. Lykkesfeldt
    • The Fibiger Laboratory
  • N. E. Skakkebæk
    • Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Y, RigshospitaletUniversity of Copenhagen
    • University Department of PaediatricsChildrens Hospital
Original Investigations

DOI: 10.1007/BF00291559

Cite this article as:
Lykkesfeldt, G., Lykkesfeldt, A.E. & Skakkebæk, N.E. Hum Genet (1984) 65: 355. doi:10.1007/BF00291559

Summary

Steroid sulphatase (STS) activity was measured with two different steroid substrates in leucocytes from normal human males and females, from females heterozygous for STS deficiency and recessive X-linked ichthyosis, and from individuals with numerical X chromosome aberrations. The results indicate non-inactivation with a partial gene dosage compensation at the STS locus. It is estimated that STS loci on inactive X chromosomes express approximately 45% of the STS activity originating from STS loci on active X chromosomes. It is also demonstrated that 45.XO (Turner syndrome) and 47,XXY (Klinefelter syndrome) individuals have abnormal STS enzyme levels compared with normal women and men, respectively.

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© Springer-Verlag 1984