Invitae Androgen Insensitivity Panel


Test description

The Invitae Androgen Insensitivity Panel analyzes AR and SRD5A2, two genes that are associated with ambiguous or feminized external sexual development in an individual with a 46,XY chromosome complement. Pathogenic changes in the AR gene cause androgen insensitivity; changes in SRD5A2 disrupt the conversion of testosterone into active dihydrotestosterone.

Genetic testing of these genes may confirm a diagnosis and help guide treatment and gender-assignment decisions. Identification of a disease-causing variant can also guide genetic counseling and inform risk assessment for other relatives. This test is not intended to test for Kennedy’s disease-related polyglutamine repeat expansions within the androgen receptor (AR) gene.

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Primary panel (2 genes)


AR: CAG repeat numbers are not determined.

Add-on disorders of male sex development genes (3 genes)

In an individual with ambiguous or feminized genitalia and absence of recognizable testicular material or the presence of female internal reproductive organs, a diagnosis of 46,XY disorder of sex development (46,XY DSD) may be in question. Clinicians may wish to broaden analysis by including genes that are associated with 46,XY DSD. Invitae offers three genes associated with 46,XY DSD that can be added for testing at no additional charge.


Add-on Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome gene (1 gene)

Testing of DHCR7 may be considered for a 46,XY individual with ambiguous genitalia and a syndromic phenotype consistent with Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome and corroborated by an abnormal biochemical profile showing elevated serum concentration of 7-dehydrocholesterol (7-DHC) reductase. This gene can be included at no additional charge.


  • Androgen insensitivity
    • Partial androgen insensitivity
    • Complete androgen insensitivity
    • Steroid 5-alpha-reductase deficiency

Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) due to defective function or absence of the androgen receptor is characterized by variable levels of virilization and infertility in all affected individuals and by female or ambiguous external genitalia in a 46,XY individual. Response to testosterone may be partial or absent and results in partial AIS (PAIS) or complete AIS (CAIS), respectively. Individuals with PAIS present with hypospadias, micropenis, and bifid scrotum with undescended testes. When presenting as a mild phenotype, these individuals appear as males with gynecomastia. In contrast, severe forms result in female external genitalia with clitoromegaly and partial labial fusion with internal testes. PAIS results from missense changes in the AR gene. CAIS manifests as normal female external genitalia with fully formed but undescended testes, normal breast development, and primary amenorrhea. Internal female reproductive organs as well as male Wolffian duct derivatives are absent. Biochemical analysis shows increased luteinizing hormone and testosterone in adults. CAIS results from severe changes in the AR gene that eliminate the gene’s presence or function.

Sex development inconsistent with a 46,XY chromosome complement due to steroid 5-alpha reductase deficiency arises from a defect in testosterone metabolism into active dihydrotestosterone, which is essential for the development of male secondary sexual characteristics. Individuals with homozygous or compound heterozygous pathogenic changes in the SRD5A2 gene exhibit ambiguous or complete female external sex development but do not develop breasts or internal female reproductive organs. The clinical spectrum varies, ranging from a female with a blind vaginal pouch to a male with hypospadias, undescended testes, and micropenis (pseudovaginal perineoscrotal hypospadias). Wolffian duct derivatives are normal but fertility is impaired due to poor spermatogenesis. Prevalence of SRD5A2 deficiency is increased in some populations in the Mediterranean and Latin America.

Absence or disruption of the androgen receptor due to pathogenic changes in the AR gene is responsible for 50%–95% of androgen insensitivity. Steroid 5-alpha reductase deficiency is caused entirely by homozygous or compound heterozygous pathogenic changes in the SRD5A2 gene.

Androgen insensitivity is X-linked and steroid 5-alpha reductase deficiency shows male-limited autosomal recessive inheritance.

Pathogenic variants in AR and SRD5A2 have complete penetrance with variable expressivity.

The prevalence of androgen insensitivity or steroid 5-alpha reductase deficiency is not known. Incidence of androgen insensitivity is thought to be 1 in 20,000 to 100,000 individuals with a 46,XY chromosome complement.

Assay and technical information

Invitae is a College of American Pathologists (CAP)-accredited and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified clinical diagnostic laboratory performing full-gene sequencing and deletion/duplication analysis using next-generation sequencing technology (NGS).

Our sequence analysis covers clinically important regions of each gene, including coding exons, +/- 10 base pairs of adjacent intronic sequence, and select noncoding variants. Our assay provides a Q30 quality-adjusted mean coverage depth of 350x (50x minimum, or supplemented with additional analysis). Variants classified as pathogenic or likely pathogenic are confirmed with orthogonal methods, except individual variants that have high quality scores and previously validated in at least ten unrelated samples.

Our analysis detects most intragenic deletions and duplications at single exon resolution. However, in rare situations, single-exon copy number events may not be analyzed due to inherent sequence properties or isolated reduction in data quality. If you are requesting the detection of a specific single-exon copy number variation, please contact Client Services before placing your order.

Gene Transcript reference Sequencing analysis Deletion/Duplication analysis
AR* NM_000044.3
DHCR7 NM_001360.2
NR0B1 NM_000475.4
NR5A1 NM_004959.4
SRD5A2 NM_000348.3
SRY NM_003140.2

AR: CAG repeat numbers are not determined.