ALPL gDNA Testing

Genes

ALPL

Test Guide

Hypophosphatasia is disorder characterized by defective bone mineralization in the presence of low serum and bone alkaline phosphatase.  The range of clinical features is from severe undermineralization and bowing of bone in the fetus to the onset of fractures only in later adulthood.  There are six recognized forms determined by age of onset, severity and mode of inheritance (both recessive and dominant).   Each form results from the presence one or two mutations in ALPL, the gene that encodes alkaline phosphatase, tissue—nonspecific isozyme (TNSALP).

Methodology

Next Generation Sequencing:  Next generation DNA sequencing is performed to identify nucleotide variants in the coding portion of the genome. All nucleotides in the coding exons and their flanking splice junctions are sequenced to a read coverage of greater than 20X.  The sequence data are assembled and compared to the published genomic reference sequence.  Sanger sequencing is performed if necessary to ensure complete nucleotide coverage of the target sequence and to confirm all reported variants.  Human Genome Variation Society (HGVS) recommendations are followed for variant nomenclature and ACMGG/AMP variant interpretation guidelines are followed to assess variant pathogenicity, unless otherwise indicated.  The following online databases and in silico analysis tools are routinely used for variant investigation: ClinVar, NHLBI Exome Sequencing Project, 1000 Genomes, dbSNP, Exome Aggregation Consortium (ExAC), available loci specific variant databases, PolyPhen-2, SIFT, Provean, Mutation Taster and Human Splicing Finder.

Specimen Requirements

BLOOD IS PREFERRED.

BLOOD:
2 EDTA (purple top) tubes
Adults: 5-10cc
Children: 3-5cc
Infants: 2-3cc

Whole blood may be stored up to 5-7 days in the refrigerator before shipping.

DNA:
5 µg DNA at a minimum concentration of ≥200 ng/µl

SALIVA:
Oragene Saliva samples are accepted

Special Instructions

Blood samples (or DNA) should be well labeled with patient’s full name and an identifying number.

Ship sample at room temperature with overnight delivery.

Clinical information outlining the indication for the requested tests and pertinent medical history and family history is a necessary component of testing. Please include a clinic note when available.

CPT Code & Cost

81479
$678.00

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