Hyperphenylalaninemia Panel

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Test code: ME2001

The Blueprint Genetics Hyperphenylalaninemia Panel is a five gene test for genetic diagnostics of patients with clinical suspicion of classical phenylketonuria, hyperphenylalaninemia due to BH4 deficiency or other hyperphenylalaninaemias.

Hyperphenylalaninemias (HPA) including phenylketonuria (PKU) and tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) deficiency are inherited in autosomal recessive manner. Clinical utility of this Panel for PKU is estimated at 95-100%. This Panel is included in the Comprehensive Metabolism Panel.

About Hyperphenylalaninemia

Hyperphenylalaninemias (HPA) are errors in metabolism resulting in characterics of elevated levels of phenylalanine amino acid in the blood. Phenylketonuria (PKU) results in hyperphenylalaninemia if left untreated. Elevated levels if phenylalanine will make a severe risk of intellectual disability for a child. Unborn babies with mutation in homozygous state are unaffected as mother's circulation prevents buildup. After birth, phenylalanine-restricted diet prevents intellectual problems and the persons with homozygous mutated genotype have normal mental development. However, maternal PKU without metabolic control predisposes babies to severe mental retardation and heart defects. This is an example of a genetic disease of a baby based on mother's genotype. Classical PKU is caused by mutations in PAH, but some 2% of all HPAs result from impaired synthesis or recycling of tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4). Causative mutations in these cases are in GCH1, PCBD1, PTS or QDPR genes. The worldwide prevalence of PKU is estimated at 1:10 000 births having, however, rather big variation in different populations. The prevalence of tetrahydrobiopterin is estimated at <1:500 000 newborns. However, in certain populations (Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, China) HPA is more commonly associated with shortage of tetrahydrobiopterin than with classical PKU.

Availability

Results in 3-4 weeks. We do not offer a maternal cell contamination (MCC) test at the moment. We offer prenatal testing only for cases where the maternal cell contamination studies (MCC) are done by a local genetic laboratory. Read more.

Genes in the Hyperphenylalaninemia Panel and their clinical significance
GeneAssociated phenotypesInheritanceClinVarHGMD
GCH1Dopa-Responsive Dystonia Hyperphenylalaninemia, BH4-deficient, GTP Cyclohydrolase 1-Deficient Dopa-Responsive DystoniaAD/AR25229
PAHHyperphenylalaninemia, non-PKU mild, PhenylketonuriaAR182904
PCBD1Hyperphenylalaninemia, BH4-deficientAR511
PTSHyperphenylalaninemia, BH4-deficientAR1184
QDPRHyperphenylalaninemia, BH4-deficientAR855

Gene, refers to HGNC approved gene symbol; Inheritance to inheritance patterns such as autosomal dominant (AD), autosomal recessive (AR) and X-linked (XL); ClinVar, refers to a number of variants in the gene classified as pathogenic or likely pathogenic in ClinVar (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/clinvar/); HGMD, refers to a number of variants with possible disease association in the gene listed in Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD, http://www.hgmd.cf.ac.uk/ac/). The list of associated (gene specific) phenotypes are generated from CDG (http://research.nhgri.nih.gov/CGD/) or Orphanet (http://www.orpha.net/) databases.

Blueprint Genetics offers a comprehensive hyperphenylalaninemia panel that covers classical genes associated with classical phenylketonuria, hyperphenylalaninemia due to BH4 deficiency and other hyperphenylalaninaemias. The genes are carefully selected based on the existing scientific evidence, our experience and most current mutation databases. Candidate genes are excluded from this first-line diagnostic test. The test does not recognise balanced translocations or complex inversions, and it may not detect low-level mosaicism. The test should not be used for analysis of sequence repeats or for diagnosis of disorders caused by mutations in the mitochondrial DNA.

Please see our latest validation report showing sensitivity and specificity for SNPs and indels, sequencing depth, % of the nucleotides reached at least 15x coverage etc. If the Panel is not present in the report, data will be published when the Panel becomes available for ordering. Analytical validation is a continuous process at Blueprint Genetics. Our mission is to improve the quality of the sequencing process and each modification is followed by our standardized validation process. All the Panels available for ordering have sensitivity and specificity higher than > 0.99 to detect single nucleotide polymorphisms and a high sensitivity for indels ranging 1-19 bp. The diagnostic yield varies substantially depending on the used assay, referring healthcare professional, hospital and country. Blueprint Genetics’ Plus Analysis (Seq+Del/Dup) maximizes the chance to find molecular genetic diagnosis for your patient although Sequence Analysis or Del/Dup Analysis may be cost-effective first line test if your patient’s phenotype is suggestive for a specific mutation profile. Detection limit for Del/Dup analysis varies through the genome from one to six exon Del/Dups depending on exon size, sequencing coverage and sequence content.

The sequencing data generated in our laboratory is analyzed with our proprietary data analysis and annotation pipeline, integrating state-of-the art algorithms and industry-standard software solutions. Incorporation of rigorous quality control steps throughout the workflow of the pipeline ensures the consistency, validity and accuracy of results. The highest relevance in the reported variants is achieved through elimination of false positive findings based on variability data for thousands of publicly available human reference sequences and validation against our in-house curated mutation database as well as the most current and relevant human mutation databases. Reference databases currently used are the 1000 Genomes Project (http://www.1000genomes.org), the NHLBI GO Exome Sequencing Project (ESP; http://evs.gs.washington.edu/EVS), the Exome Aggregation Consortium (ExAC; http://exac.broadinstitute.org), ClinVar database of genotype-phenotype associations (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/clinvar) and the Human Gene Mutation Database (http://www.hgmd.cf.ac.uk). The consequence of variants in coding and splice regions are estimated using the following in silico variant prediction tools: SIFT (http://sift.jcvi.org), Polyphen (http://genetics.bwh.harvard.edu/pph2/), and Mutation Taster (http://www.mutationtaster.org).

Through our online ordering and statement reporting system, Nucleus, the customer can access specific details of the analysis of the patient. This includes coverage and quality specifications and other relevant information on the analysis. This represents our mission to build fully transparent diagnostics where the customer gains easy access to crucial details of the analysis process.

In addition to our cutting-edge patented sequencing technology and proprietary bioinformatics pipeline, we also provide the customers with the best-informed clinical report on the market. Clinical interpretation requires fundamental clinical and genetic understanding. At Blueprint Genetics our geneticists and clinicians, who together evaluate the results from the sequence analysis pipeline in the context of phenotype information provided in the requisition form, prepare the clinical statement. Our goal is to provide clinically meaningful statements that are understandable for all medical professionals, even without training in genetics.

Variants reported in the statement are always classified using the Blueprint Genetics Variant Classification Scheme modified from the ACMG guidelines (Richards et al. 2015), which has been developed by evaluating existing literature, databases and with thousands of clinical cases analyzed in our laboratory. Variant classification forms the corner stone of clinical interpretation and following patient management decisions. Our statement also includes allele frequencies in reference populations and in silico predictions. We also provide PubMed IDs to the articles or submission numbers to public databases that have been used in the interpretation of the detected variants. In our conclusion, we summarize all the existing information and provide our rationale for the classification of the variant.

A final component of the analysis is the Sanger confirmation of the variants classified as likely pathogenic or pathogenic. This does not only bring confidence to the results obtained by our NGS solution but establishes the mutation specific test for family members. Sanger sequencing is also used occasionally with other variants reported in the statement. In the case of variant of uncertain significance (VUS) we do not recommend risk stratification based on the genetic finding. Furthermore, in the case VUS we do not recommend use of genetic information in patient management or genetic counseling. For some cases Blueprint Genetics offers a special free of charge service to investigate the role of identified VUS.

We constantly follow genetic literature adapting new relevant information and findings to our diagnostics. Relevant novel discoveries can be rapidly translated and adopted into our diagnostics without delay. These processes ensure that our diagnostic panels and clinical statements remain the most up-to-date on the market.

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ICD & CPT codes

CPT codes

SEQ81479
DEL/DUP81479


ICD codes

Commonly used ICD-10 codes when ordering the Hyperphenylalaninemia Panel

ICD-10Disease
E70.0Classical phenylketonuria
E70.1Other hyperphenylalaninaemias

Accepted sample types

  • EDTA blood, min. 1 ml
  • Purified DNA, min. 5μg
  • Saliva (Oragene DNA OG-500 kit)

Label the sample tube with your patient’s name, date of birth and the date of sample collection.

Note that we do not accept DNA samples isolated from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue.