The relative order of 11 loci in the distal half of the short arm of the human X chromosome was examined using a panel of somatic cell hybrids containing structurally rearranged X chromosomes. The results show that the gene for phosphoribosylpyrophosphate synthetase 2 (PRPS2) is located between ZFX (zinc finger protein, X-linked) and STS (steroid sulfatase). The results also confirm the localization of ZFX distal to POLA (α-DNA polymerase). Previous studies have shown that STS and ZFX escape X-inactivation whereas POLA undergoes inactivation. Evaluation of PRPS2 expression in somatic cell hybrids containing inactive human X chromosomes showed that PRPS2 undergoes X-inactivation. These results provide further evidence for interspersion of loci that do and do not undergo X-inactivation on the human X chromosome.