Journal article

A male-specific role for SOX9 in vertebrate sex determination

J Kent, SC Wheatley, JE Andrews, AH Sinclair, P Koopman

DEVELOPMENT | COMPANY BIOLOGISTS LTD | Published : 1996

Abstract

Mutation analyses of patients with campomelic dysplasia, a bone dysmorphology and XY sex reversal syndrome, indicate that the SRY-related gene SOX9 is involved in both skeletal development and sex determination. To clarify the role SOX9 plays in vertebrate sex determination, we have investigated its expression during gonad development in mouse and chicken embryos. In the mouse, high levels of Sox9 mRNA were found in male (XY) but not female (XX) genital ridges, and were localised to the sex cords of the developing testis. Purified fetal germ cells lacked Sox9 expression, indicating that Sox9 expression is specific to the Sertoli cell lineage. Sex specificity of SOX9 protein expression was co..

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