Molecular Genetic of Human Male Infertility: From Genes to New Therapeutic Perspectives

Author(s): Peter H. Vogt .

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Design

Volume 10 , Issue 5 , 2004

Abstract:

Genetic lesions causing human male infertility are manifold. Besides gross chromosomal aneuploidies and rearrangements, microdeletions and single gene defects can interfere with male fertility. Male fertility is not only dependent on genes controlling the male germ line but also on genes of the networks functional for male gonad development and male somatic development, respectively. It is popular to unravel these netweorks with mouse gene knock-out mutants displaying reproductive defects. However, substantial arguments can be given for more functional studies directly on the human genes, because multiple reproductive proteins evolve quickly most likely for adopting to the specific needs of the species class. Prominent examples are mutations of the FSHR gene causing different pathologies in mouse and human and the DAZ gene family not found in the mouse genome but in the human genome with an essential male fertility function. Therefore this review is focussed on a comprehensive overview of human genes known with mutations causing male infertility (AR; AZF gene families; CFTR, DM-1, DNAH gene family, FGFR1, FSHR, INSL3, KAL-1, LGR8- GREAT, LHR, POLG). Then some human genes are described well recognised as functional in spermatogenesis and male fertility although gene specific mutations causing infertility were not yet identified (CREM, CDY1, DAZL1, PHGPx, PRM-1, PRM-2). They are designated as “spermatogenesis phase marker” or “male fertility index” genes, because they are useful tools for diagnosing the patient‘s’ spermatogenesis disruption phase and for predicting the presence and quality of his mature sperms. Current therapeutic protocols for human male infertility do usually not cure the specific gene defect but try to bypass it using Artificial Reproductive Technology (ART). Putative imprinting defects in the early embryo probably associated with the used ART protocol and an increase of chromosome abnormalities in the ART offspring now strongly asks for a significant improvement of this outcome requesting urgently more basic research on the genes functioning in the human male germ line and during early human embryogenesis.

Keywords: azf iocus, androgen-receptor, chromosome aneuploidies, cryptorchidism, genetic load factor

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VOLUME: 10
ISSUE: 5
Year: 2004
Page: [471 - 500]
Pages: 30
DOI: 10.2174/1381612043453261
Price: $58

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