Mitochondrial Genome Sequencing

Test Details
CPT CODE 81460
PRICE $795
  • SINGLE Blood Genetic Testing
  • Buccal Swab Genetic Testing

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Clinical Information
Clinical Significance MOL021 is used to diagnose mitochondrial disease that is caused by point mutations or small deletions/duplications in the mtDNA. MtDNA point mutations are the most important class of variants detected by this test. While some mitochondrial disorders caused by mtDNA point mutations only affect a single organ (e.g., the eye in Leber hereditary optic neuropathy [LHON]), many involve multiple organ systems and often present with prominent neurologic and myopathic features. Mitochondrial disorders may present at any age. Many individuals with a mutation of mtDNA display a cluster of clinical features that fall into a discrete clinical syndrome, such as the Kearns-Sayre syndrome (KSS), chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia (CPEO), mitochondrial encephalomyopathy with lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes (MELAS), myoclonic epilepsy with ragged-red fibers (MERRF), neurogenic weakness with ataxia and retinitis pigmentosa (NARP), or Leigh syndrome (LS). However, considerable clinical variability exists and many individuals do not fit neatly into one particular category, which is well-illustrated by the overlapping spectrum of disease phenotypes.
Relevant Diseases
  • Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome
  • Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome, Encephalomyopathic Form
  • Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome, Hepatocerebral Form
  • Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome, MNGIE Form
  • Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome, Myopathic Form
  • Mitochondrial DNA Deletion Syndromes
  • mtDNA Deletion Syndromes

Specimen Information
Acceptable Sample Types
  • Muscle
  • Cultured Fibroblasts
  • Whole Blood - EDTA
  • Extracted DNA - Leukocytes
  • Buccal Cells
Sample Preparation: (1) Blood specimens: Draw blood in an EDTA tube. Preferred volume: 4 milliliters (adults and pediatrics), Minimum volume: 2 milliliters; (2) DNA extracted from leukocytes, muscle, or fibroblasts: Preferred quantity: 1 microgram, Minimum quantity: 600 nanograms; (3) 2 T-25 flasks of cultured fibroblasts; (4) 50-75 milligrams muscle snap frozen in liquid nitrogen and maintained at -80┬░Celsius or below; (5) Skin biopsy (Fibroblasts will be cultured from skin specimen for genetic testing): Skin biopsy may be taken from the inner forearm with a sterile skin punch (2-5 millimeters) or at incision site of muscle biopsy. Site is sterilized with alcohol swabs only (other reagents will inhibit cell isolation/growth). Biopsy site may be anaesthetized with 2% lidocaine with epinephrine. Depth of punch is 2mm. Transfer skin biopsy into 15 milliliter conical filled with sterile culture media. (6) Buccal cells.
Shipping Condition: MNG SmartKits are available for free shipping of specimens. Please see our website for details. If you are not using a MNG SmartKit: (1) Blood specimens should be shipped in a secure container at room temperature. (2) Extracted DNA should be shipped at ambient temperature, priority overnight. (3) T-25 flasks containing fibroblasts should be shipped in an insulated container at room temperature. Flasks should be completely filled with media and cells should be ~90% confluent. Fibroblast samples must be certified free from Mycoplasma. MNG is able to perform this service for a small charge. (4) Muscle samples should be shipped frozen in an insulated container with 5-7 lbs dry ice. (5) Buccal cells should be shipped in a secure container at room temperature. (6) Skin Biopsy: Conical containing the skin specimen should be shipped in a secure container with cold pack (DO NOT FREEZE). All samples should be shipped overnight at the proper temperature for receipt by our lab Monday thru Saturday (No Sunday or holiday deliveries accepted).

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