Hyperandrogenism is a medical condition characterized by excessive production of male sex hormones (androgens) in woman organism. One of the major causes of hyperandrogenism is the autosomal-recessive disorder--congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). The mutational defects in the steroid 21-hydroxylase CYP21A2 gene causing steroid 21-hydroxylase deficiency account for over 90% of CAH cases. Our paper describes the sequencing results of entire CYP21A2 gene from 15 patients with hyperandrogenism signs, which had not nine most prevalent mutations associated with nonclassic CAH as it was previously established. 26 polymorphisms were found by sequencing among which 25 were known previously and 23 of them are referred to "normal" gene variants which do not associated with CAH. At the same time the gene of every patient had unique its own distinctive combination of polymorphisms. New SNP represents synonymous substitution C --> T in 3' part of exon 8. All detected SNPs are not regularly distributed but are clustered along the gene. Notably, they were found in the neighborhood of initiation and termination codons and near the intron-exon boundaries of introns 2, 6 and 8. We hypothesize that "normal" clinically insignificant per se SNPs in unique combinations may influence spatial structure of CYP21A2 mRNA or its pre-mRNA splicing efficiency and decrease gene expression level. This assumption may explain the mechanism of pathological phenotype development in our patients.
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