Eleven balanced X-autosome translocations associated with premature ovarian failure (POF) were mapped to a YAC contig spanning most of Xq21 and constructed between the DXS223 and DXS1171 loci. The contig corresponds to a genomic region of about 15 Mb and contains the whole X-Y homologous region. The most proximal and most distal breakpoints associated with POF were mapped 15 Mb apart. The remaining breakpoints were localized along this large region, in the X-specific and in the X-Y homologous region. Four of the YACs contained two breakpoints in the same or in flanking STS intervals. Our results confirm the cytological findings and suggest that a minimum number of eight different genes in Xq21 may be involved with ovary development. Interruption of such loci could be the cause of POF.
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