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Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) sulfotransferase, known as SULT2A1, converts the androgen precursor DHEA to its inactive sulfate ester, DHEAS, thereby preventing the conversion of DHEA to an active androgen. SULT2A1 requires 3'-phosphoadenosine-5'-phosphosulfate (PAPS) for catalytic activity. We have identified compound heterozygous mutations in the gene encoding human PAPS synthase 2 (PAPSS2) in a girl with premature pubarche, hyperandrogenic anovulation, very low DHEAS levels, and increased androgen levels. In vitro coincubation of human SULT2A1 and wild-type or mutant PAPSS2 proteins confirmed the inactivating nature of the mutations. These observations indicate that PAPSS2 deficiency is a monogenic adrenocortical cause of androgen excess.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||New England Journal of Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2009|
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Pre-Receptor Regulation of Dehydroepiandrosterone Synthesis, Metabolism and Action
1/08/04 → 31/10/09
Project: Research Councils