chromosome Y

The human Y chromosome is only one third as big as the human X chromosome and represents almost 2% of the total DNA in cells. Together with the X chromosome it builds one of the 23 pairs of human chromosomes. A lot of the linked genes on the Y chromosome have no analogues on the X chromosome. These genes are mainly necessary for sperm production.

Summary:Gene examples of chromosome Y:
  • sex chromosome
  • about 58.000.000 base pairs
  • about 307 genes
 
The SRY (sex-determining region Y) gene: This gene encodes a protein that initiates male sex determination. Mutations in this gene give rise to females with one X and one Y chromosome (Swyer syndrome). A translocation (rearrangements of genetic material between chromosomes) of parts of the Y chromosome, containing this gene to the X chromosome, causes males with two X chromosomes (XX male syndrome).DAZ1-4: These genes build the DAZ gene family and are candidates for the azoospermia factor (AZF). Their production is important for the production of sperm.
chromosome overview (scaled down):
overview chromosome Y
Legend:
adenine (A)
thymine (T)
guanine (G)
cytosine (C)
not yet determined (N)
Legend:
adenine (A)
thymine (T)
guanine (G)
cytosine (C)
not yet determined (N)
Legend:
adenine (A)
thymine (T)
guanine (G)
cytosine (C)
not yet determined (N)