Sex chromosomes and autosomes relationship counseling

sex chromosomes and autosomes relationship counseling

Jul 20, Human cells contain 46 chromosomes, which include 44 autosomes and 2 sex chromosomes, In cell biology, the 2 X sex chromosomes in female cell and the single X and to evaluate any effects that may be visible if the difference is evident. .. It would help in genetic counseling and in improving our. The sex chromosomes determine the biological sex of the child. Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes; 22 pairs are the autosomes and the remaining pair. Describe the relationship between DNA, genes, and chromosomes. Describe the difference between autosomes and sex chromosomes. autosomes are the first twenty-two pairs of Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery.

The comparison of the sexes can uncover important questions and answers that would not otherwise be investigated. For example, a comparison of the death rates in the two sexes in humans reveals that males die at a faster rate than females, at nearly every life stage beginning before birth Migeon, If a protective factor can be found, then it might be manipulated to prevent deaths in both sexes.

A second example, of the advantages of direct comparison of the sexes, is that sometimes understanding the physiology of one sex requires the comparison to the other. For example, comparison of the sexes is required to understand the evolution and function of X-inactivation transcriptional silencing of one X chromosome in XX cellsa process that occurs in nearly every XX female somatic cell, but never in XY male somatic cells. X-inactivation solves problems that arise when the ratio of expression of X to autosomal genes is different in one sex than the other, because such sexual imbalance would mean that the ratio would be non-optimal in at least one of the sexes Charlesworth, The main effect of X inactivation is to reduce the sexual disparity in X to autosome dose, so that X genes are not inherently expressed higher in females except for some exceptions discussed below Itoh et al.

If one tried to study X-inactivation only in females, it would be impossible to understand its function. The conceptual importance of the X to autosome ratio becomes quite relevant when attempting to understand the sex-biased impact of the genes that escape X-inactivation, which is discussed below.

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A General Theory of Sex Determination and Sexual Differentiation The goal of basic biomedical science is to explain the causal pathways that control physiology and disease.

Thus, we envision the function of cells, tissues, and individuals to be controlled by complex intersecting causal pathways, in which specific physical events cause changes in other events.

How Sex Genes Are More Complicated Than You Thought

Genes and their products, RNA and protein form networks of interactions as they control and are controlled by each other. The gene networks can be thought to be composed of nodes gene products that are connected to limited number of other nodes van Nas A. In this analogy, functional gene networks pulsate with activity, with specific nodes increasing and decreasing in their activity, stimulating and inhibiting each other, creating a dynamic net of interactions that lead to emergent phenotypes such as heart rate, fat and energy metabolism, etc.

Sex differences in gene networks. The totality of sex-biased factors in the network comprised the sexome Arnold and Lusis, A major goal is to identify these sex-biasing factors together with their downstream effects on specific parts of gene networks.

sex chromosomes and autosomes relationship counseling

These factors, and the downstream gene products that they bias sexually, are candidates for manipulation to mimic sex-specific protection from disease. We can distinguish primary sex-determining factors, and secondary factors that are downstream from the primary factors Arnold, b ; Arnold, The primary factors are encoded by the sex chromosomes, because all sex differences start with the sex chromosomes at some point in life.

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The sex chromosomes are the only factors that differ in the male and female zygote, and thus they are the factors that give rise to all downstream sex differences thereafter. Four classes of X and Y factors are postulated to comprise the primary sex determining genes De Vries et al.

sex chromosomes and autosomes relationship counseling

Class I are Y genes, which can only have effects in males. Among the Y genes known to be required to make a complete male are the testis-determining gene Sry Goodfellow and Lovell-Badge,and several Y genes required for spermatogenesis Burgoyne and Mitchell, Because X inactivation appears to vary across tissues and age, the number of such X escapees is likely to depend on species, developmental stage, and tissue, but is greater in humans than in mice Berletch et al.

Class III are X genes that are expressed at a higher or lower level in XX than XY cells because of a parental imprint on the gene from the mother or father.

Parental imprints on X genes are inherently unequal in the two sexes, because XY cells can only express a maternal imprint on imprinted X genes, whereas XX cells can show the effects of a maternal or paternal X imprint depending on which X chromosome is active in a specific cell.

sex chromosomes and autosomes relationship counseling

The presence of the paternal imprint in about half of the XX cells when the active X chromosome is from the father could make XX individuals different from XY. Class IV is a newly proposed and speculative class, not of specific genes, but of non-coding regions of the sex chromosomes.

Natural selection is then thought to favor the tight linkage of sex-determining alleles with sexually antagonistic alleles i. Though there is some disagreement about the mechanisms that drive the cessation of recombination Ironsidethe end result of this process is two highly differentiated chromosomes.

Exactly how and why autosomes containing sex-determining loci begin a progression to heteromorphic sex chromosomes—and whether these will become XY or ZW pairs—is unclear, especially as there appear to be stable homomorphic systems in many taxa Gilchrist and Haldane One further complication is that in some homomorphic species the sex-determining genes can move between undifferentiated autosomes e.

This movement implies that the progression to heteromorphic sex chromosomes may involve different pairs of autosomes, even among closely related taxa that differ only in the location of the sex-determining locus Ross et al.

sex chromosomes and autosomes relationship counseling

Indeed, a comparison of the Z chromosome of birds with the X chromosome of therian mammals marsupials and placentals demonstrated that the sex chromosomes are not homologous to one another but rather to different autosomes in each species Bellott et al.

This strongly suggests that these sex chromosomes independently evolved from different autosomal pairs in the amniote ancestor Bellott et al. While finding independent origins for the X and Z chromosomes in amniotes is striking, these sex chromosomes appear to have evolved only once in each clade; all therian mammals have homologous XY systems and all birds have homologous ZW systems Graves Further study of the frequency of parallel or convergent evolution of sex chromosomes requires a clade with a number of different sex-chromosome systems represented in disparate taxa.

Fish are one such clade Mank et al. Another opportunity is found in the winged insects, where sex-chromosome systems are highly variable even within individual orders and there are whole-genome sequences representing each system.

Based on whole-genome data, relationships between the sex chromosomes within the Diptera are fairly clear. The presence of a large number and proportion of shared orthologs on the X chromosomes of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and the mosquito Anopheles gambiae strongly suggests that they are derived from a homologous ancestor Zdobnov et al.

These X chromosomes are also homologous to one arm of chromosome 1—which contains the sex-determining locus—in the homomorphic mosquito, Aedes aegypti Nene et al. However, the X chromosome in the stalk-eyed fly Teleopsis dalmanni is not homologous to the other sequenced dipteran X chromosomes, instead sharing greatest similarity with D.

The phylogenetic distribution of sex-chromosome systems Marin and Baker ; Rai and Black and the patterns of X-chromosome evolution Toups and Hahn suggest that both the common ancestor of all dipterans and the more recent common ancestor of mosquitoes had homomorphic sex chromosomes.

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This implies that the evolution of differentiated sex chromosomes has occurred both from the same pair of autosomes in D. Among all winged insects with fully sequenced genomes, several orders and sex-chromosome karyotypes are represented. Although phylogenetic evidence points to incompletely heteromorphic or homomorphic sex chromosomes in the ancestor of winged insects, nothing outside of Diptera is known about the relationships among the sex chromosomes.

One general hypothesis is that there may have been factors that predisposed one or more ancestral autosomes to later transform into the sex chromosomes, possibly because of the presence of conserved sex-determining genes Graves and Peichel Considering just the Dipteran X, the Coleopteran X, and the Lepidopteran Z, there are three specific models that could explain the evolution of sex chromosomes given the currently established phylogeny Huerta-Cepas et al.

In a model of complete independence, all three lineages would have evolved sex chromosomes from distinct ancestral autosomes fig.

Distinguishing among these models will provide evidence on the propensity for parallel versus convergent evolution of sex chromosomes.

sex chromosomes and autosomes relationship counseling

View large Download slide Three possible models of sex-chromosome evolution in three orders of insects: A complete independence, where all sex chromosomes originate independently, B partial independence, where the X and Z originate independently, C single origin, where all sex chromosomes evolved from a proto-sex chromosome.