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Prevalence and associated phenotypes of DUSP6, IL17RD and SPRY4 variants in a large Chinese cohort with isolated hypogonadotropic hypogonadism
  1. Meichao Men1,2,3,
  2. Xinying Wang2,3,4,
  3. Jiayu Wu2,3,4,
  4. Wang Zeng2,3,4,
  5. Fang Jiang2,3,4,
  6. Ruizhi Zheng5,
  7. Jia-Da Li2,3,4
  1. 1 Health Management Center, Xiangya Hospital Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China
  2. 2 Central South University School of Life Sciences, Changsha, Hunan, China
  3. 3 Hunan Key Laboratory of Animal Models for Human Diseases, Central South University, Changsha, China
  4. 4 Hunan Key Laboratory of Medical Genetics, Central South University, Changsha, China
  5. 5 Department of Endocrinology, Henan Provincial People’s Hospital, Zhengzhou, Henan, China
  1. Correspondence to Professor Jia-Da Li, Central South University School of Life Sciences, Changsha, 410078 Hunan, China; lijiada{at}; Professor Ruizhi Zheng, Department of Endocrinology, Henan Provincial People’s Hospital, Zhengzhou, China; zrz820{at}


Background FGF8-FGFR1 signalling is involved in multiple biological processes, while impairment of this signalling is one of the main reasons for isolated hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (IHH). Recently, several negative modulators of FGF8-FGFR1 signalling were also found to be involved in IHH, including DUSP6, IL17RD, SPRY2 and SPRY4. The aim of this study was to investigate the genotypic and phenotypic spectra of these genes in a large cohort of Chinese patients with IHH.

Methods A total of 196 patients with IHH were enrolled in this study. Whole-exome sequencing was performed to identify variants, which was verified by PCR and Sanger sequencing.

Results Four heterozygous DUSP6 variants (p.S157I, p.R83Q, p.P188L and p.N355I) were found in six patients. Cryptorchidism, dental agenesis, syndactyly and blue colour blindness were commonly observed in patients with DUSP6 mutations. Six heterozygous IL17RD variants (p.P191L, p.G35V, p.S671L, p.A221T, p.I329M and p.I329V) were found in seven patients. Segregation analysis indicated that 100% (5/5) of probands inherited the IL17RD variants from their unaffected parents, and oligogenicity was found in 4/7 patients. One rare SPRY4 variant (p.T68S) was found in a female patient with Kallmann syndrome who also carried a PLXNA1 mutation.

Conclusion Our study greatly enriched the genotypic and phenotypic spectra of DUSP6, IL17RD and SPRY4 in IHH. Mutations in DUSP6 alone seem sufficient to cause IHH in an autosomal dominant manner, whereas IL17RD or SPRY4 mutations may cause IHH phenotypes in synergy with variants in other IHH-associated genes.

  • clinical genetics
  • complex traits
  • developmental
  • endocrinology
  • genetics

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  • Contributors MM and JL were responsible for the concept and design of the study. MM drafted the main manuscript. XW, WZ and JW analysed and interpreted the data. RZ, MM and FJ contributed clinical data. RZ and JL revised the manuscript and made comments on the structure, details and grammar for the article.

  • Funding This project is financially supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (81770780, 81728013, 31972913 and 81900948), the Key Research and Development Programs from Hunan Province (2018DK2010, 2018DK2013) and Guangdong Key Project in “Development of new tools for diagnosis and treatment of Autism” (2018B030335001).

  • Disclaimer The views expressed in this submitted article are our own and not an official position of the institution or funder.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Ethics approval The studies referring to human samples were approved by the ethics committee of School of Life Sciences, Central South University (No. 2017030801).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement All data relevant to the study are included in the article or uploaded as online supplementary information. All the data are available from the corresponding author.