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      A Novel Missense Mutation in Dax-1 with an Unusual Presentation of X-Linked Adrenal Hypoplasia Congenita

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          A male presented at age 2.2 years with a 6-week history of intermittent vomiting and hyperpigmentation. Investigations showed salt wasting with hyperkalaemia, a grossly impaired cortisol response to ACTH stimulation, elevated renin and ACTH. Family history revealed that two maternal uncles had died soon after birth. A third uncle failed to thrive during infancy but improved with a course of cortisone, then being untreated until further investigation revealed adrenal insufficiency. A fourth uncle died aged 10 days, with urinary salt loss and hypoplastic adrenal glands at postmortem. Molecular studies on the proband, his mother, maternal grandmother, and surviving uncle showed a novel C to G substitution at nucleotide position 794 (missense mutation T265R) in the DAX1 (NR0B1) gene. The proband has responded well to steroid replacement but has proved sensitive to 9α-fludrocortisone treatment, developing hypertension on a dose of 133 µg/m<sup>2</sup>/day. At 8.8 years he was noted to have testicular volumes of 4 ml, despite no other evidence of secondary sexual development and prepubertal gonadotrophin levels. Novel features of this family include a novel DAX1 mutation, marked variability in age of presentation, hypertension on ‘standard’ doses of 9α-fludrocortisone and mild testicular enlargement.

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          Adrenal hypoplasia congenita with hypogonadotropic hypogonadism: evidence that DAX-1 mutations lead to combined hypothalmic and pituitary defects in gonadotropin production.

          Adrenal hypoplasia congenita (AHC) is an X-linked disorder that typically presents with adrenal insufficiency during infancy. Hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HHG) has been identified as a component of this disorder in affected individuals who survive into childhood. Recently, AHC was shown to be caused by mutations in DAX-1, a protein that is structurally similar in its carboxyterminal region to orphan nuclear receptors. We studied two kindreds with clinical features of AHC and HHG. DAX-1 mutations were identified in both families. In the JW kindred, a single base deletion at nucleotide 1219 was accompanied by an additional base substitution that resulted in a frameshift mutation at codon 329 followed by premature termination. In the MH kindred, a GGAT duplication at codon 418 caused a frameshift that also resulted in truncation of DAX-1. Baseline luteinizing hormone (LIT), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and free-alpha-subunit (FAS) levels were determined during 24 h of frequent (q10 min) venous sampling. In patient MH, baseline LH levels were low, but FAS levels were within the normal range. In contrast, in patient JW, the mean LH and FSH were within the normal range during baseline sampling, but LH secretion was erratic rather than showing typical pulses. FAS was apulsatile for much of the day, but a surge was seen over a 3-4-h period. Pulsatile gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) (25 ng/kg) was administered every 2 h for 7 d to assess pituitary responsiveness to exogenous GnRH. MH did not exhibit a gonadotropin response to pulsatile GnRH. JW exhibited a normal response to the first pulse of GnRH, but there was no increase in FAS. In contrast to the priming effect of GnRH in GnRH-deficient patients with Kallmann syndrome, GnRH pulses caused minimal secretory responses of LH and no FAS responses in patient JW. The initial LH response in patient JW implies a deficiency in hypothalamic GnRH. On the other hand, the failure to respond to pulsatile GnRH is consistent with a pituitary defect in gonadotropin production. These two cases exemplify the phenotypic heterogeneity of AHC/HHG, and suggest that DAX-1 mutations impair gonadotropin production by acting at both the hypothalamic and pituitary levels.
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                Horm Res Paediatr
                Hormone Research in Paediatrics
                S. Karger AG
                June 2007
                16 February 2007
                : 68
                : 1
                : 32-37
                aDepartment of Child Health and bFerguson-Smith Centre for Clinical Genetics, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow, cDepartment of Endocrinology, UCL Institute of Child Health, University College London, London, dStoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, and eWessex Regional Genetics Laboratory, Salisbury, UK
                99835 Horm Res 2007;68:32–37
                © 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel

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