Mitochondrial DNA Deletion Analysis

Test Details
CPT CODE 81465
PRICE $495
  • SINGLE Blood Genetic Testing
  • Buccal Swab Genetic Testing

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Clinical Information
Clinical Significance MOL002 is used to diagnose the mitochondrial DNA deletion syndromes. The test is also useful in assessing variants of uncertain significance in nuclear DNA genes and mtDNA genes that cause mtDNA deletion syndromes. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) deletion syndromes predominantly comprise three overlapping phenotypes that are usually simplex (i.e., a single occurrence in a family), but rarely may be observed in different members of the same family or may evolve in a given individual over time. The three phenotypes are Kearns-Sayre syndrome (KSS), Pearson syndrome, and progressive external ophthalmoplegia (PEO). Rarely Leigh syndrome can be a manifestation of a mtDNA deletion. KSS is a multisystem disorder defined by the triad of onset before age 20 years, pigmentary retinopathy, and PEO. In addition, affected individuals have at least one of the following: cardiac conduction block, cerebrospinal fluid protein concentration greater than 100 mg/dL, or cerebellar ataxia. Onset is usually in childhood. Pearson syndrome is characterized by sideroblastic anemia and exocrine pancreas dysfunction and is usually fatal in infancy. PEO, characterized by ptosis, paralysis of the extraocular muscles (ophthalmoplegia), oropharyngeal weakness, and variably severe proximal limb weakness, is relatively benign. Mitochondrial DNA deletions generally occur de novo and thus cause disease in one family member only, with an approximate recurrence risk of 1 in 24. Multiple mtDNA deletions cause tissue-specific cytochrome c oxidase (COX) deficiency. Inheritance can be either autosomal recessive (with progressive external ophthalmoplegia [PEO] and multisystem involvement manifesting during early childhood/adulthood) or autosomal dominant (with less severe, often tissue-specific manifestations [e.g., chronic PEO] developing in later adulthood).
Relevant Diseases
  • Mitochondrial DNA 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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