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Genome Biology volume 3, Article number: spotlight-20020805-01 (2002)
X-chromosome inactivation (XCI) is controlled by expression of the Tsix gene and its regulation of Xist mRNA accumulation. Deleting one copy of Tsix results in skewed XCI towards the mutated X chromosome in female soma. In an Advanced Online Publication in Nature Genetics, Jeannie Lee reports the generation of homozygous Tsix-null mice by breeding heterozygote animals (Nature Genetics, 29 July 2002, doi:10.1038/ng939). The frequency of homozygote offspring was 20-40% of that expected. Furthermore, homozygous mutation caused a significant sex-ratio distortion favouring male births. Homozygous null females had extremely low fertility and were often sterile. The sex-ratio distortion seems to be linked to female-specific defects in trophoblast and inner cell mass (ICM) growth. Lee generated hybrid mice with polymorphic X chromosomes to monitor XCI. She demonstrated that the loss of both copies of Tsixrandomizes XCI. Lee proposes a "chaotic" choice model to explain these observations.
Tsix, a gene antisense to Xist at the X-inactivation centre.
Targeted mutagenesis of Tsix leads to nonrandom X inactivation.
Nature Genetics, [http://www.nature.com/ng/]
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Weitzman, J.B. Tsixtricks. Genome Biol 3, spotlight-20020805-01 (2002) doi:10.1186/gb-spotlight-20020805-01
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