Journal article

ATRX and sex differentiation

PS Tang, DJ Park, JAM Graves, VR Harley

TRENDS IN ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM | ELSEVIER SCIENCE LONDON | Published : 2004

Abstract

Most interest in the gene encoding the alpha-thalassemia, mental retardation, X-linked protein (ATRX) has traditionally been focused on its role in brain development and globin regulation. However, mutations in the ATRX gene also cause varying degrees of gonadal and urogenital abnormalities. These range from small testes to ambiguous external genitalia in XY individuals. ATRX is of great interest because this very large protein is one of the least understood proteins involved in mammalian sexual development. Although the biochemical role of ATRX remains unknown, recent and emerging evidence implicates ATRX in chromatin remodeling. We review what is known about ATRX as a chromatin remodeling ..

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