Focal, Generalized, and Myoclonic Epilepsy Subpanel (52)
ACY1, ADGRV1, ALDH5A1, ALDH7A1, BCKDK, CACNA1H, CACNA2D2, CACNB4, CASR, CCM2, CHRNA2, CHRNA4, CHRNA7, CHRNB2, CLCN2, CNTNAP2, CPA6, CSTB, DEPDC5, EFHC1, EPM2A, FOLR1, GABRB3, GABRD, GABRG2, GNB1, GOSR2, GRIN2A, HTRA1, KCNJ11, KCNMA1, KCNQ3, KCTD7, KRIT1, NDE1, NDUFA1, NHLRC1, NPRL2, NPRL3, PDCD10, PRICKLE1, PRICKLE2, PTEN, RARS2, SCARB2, SCN1B, SCN3A, SCN9A, SERPINI1, SLC6A1, SNAP25, TRPM6
Epilepsy is a neurological condition that is characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures that affects approximately 1.2% of the population in the US. While epilepsy can develop due to a physical insult to the brain, there are also many genetic forms of epilepsy. It is a spectrum condition with a wide range of seizure types and age of onset, varying from person-to-person. Individuals with epilepsy may also develop other neurological problems as a result of recurrent seizures. Focal epileptic seizures originate within a single hemisphere of the brain. These may be discretely localized or more widely distributed within the hemisphere. There are two categories: “simple partial seizures,” which do not result in an alteration of consciousness, and “complex partial seizures,” which cause a change in behavior or consciousness. Generalized epileptic seizures originate at some point within the brain and rapidly engage both cerebral hemispheres. They can include cortical and subcortical structures but do not necessarily include the entire cortex. Tonic-clonic (also known as grand mal), absence (also known as petit mal), myoclonic, clonic, tonic, and atonic seizures are all types of generalized seizures.
The Focal, Generalized, and Myoclonic Epilepsy Subpanel includes 52 genes that are associated with both syndromic and non-syndromic genetic causes of these sub-types of epilepsy. The disorders included in this panel may be inherited in an autosomal dominant (AD), autosomal recessive (AR), or X-linked (XL) manner.
Clinical Utility: Genetic testing of an individual may be indicated to distinguish hereditary disorders from acquired (non-genetic) causes, provide information on the likelihood of related health issues, guide clinical management, and establish disease risk to other family members and future generations.
Methods: The Focal, Generalized, and Myoclonic Epilepsy Sub-panel offered by Sema4 primarily utilizes next-generation sequencing (NGS) to identify variants within the genes analyzed. Copy number variant (CNV) detection by NGS is also utilized to increase diagnostic yield. Supplemental and confirmatory technology used in this panel may include targeted genotyping, multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA), exon array, quantitative PCR, and Sanger sequencing. Ultra high-resolution medical exon array (UHRMEA) is available for deletion/duplication studies of gene(s) within this panel as either reflex (add-on), concurrent, or standalone test. UHRMEA provides single exon level coverage for the majority of the exons within this panel. Variant classification and interpretation are performed based on the American College of Medical Genetics Standards and guidelines for the interpretation of sequence variants.
A high-resolution chromosomal microarray (HRP) is available as an additional test, which is to identify DNA copy number variants (CNVs) associated with chromosome imbalances including gains and losses throughout the genome, as well as absence of heterozygosity (AOH) that can be indicative of uniparental disomy (UPD) or regions of the genome identical by descent (IBD).
Targeted Testing: Targeted familial mutation analysis or single gene testing is available for any of the genes on this panel. Prenatal diagnosis is also available for known familial variants; please contact our laboratory at 800-298-6470 to discuss prior to sending any prenatal samples.
Postnatal blood samples:
2 yellow-top (ACD-A or ACD-B) or 2 lavender-top (EDTA) tubes, 5-10 mL of blood from the patient are required. One blood tube from both parents is requested.
1 yellow-top (ACD-A or ACD-B) or 1 lavender-top (EDTA) tube, 2 mL of blood from the patient are required. Additionally, 1 yellow-top (ACD-A or ACD-B) or 1 lavender-top (EDTA) 5-10 mL tube of blood from both parents is requested.
Please inquire with lab (800-298-6470 option 2)
Prenatal testing for a known familial variant:
- Two confluent T-25 flasks of cultured cells from amniotic fluid or chorionic villi
- >4 mg of direct chorionic villi tissue
- 15 mL of direct amniotic fluid
- 5-10 mL of blood in an EDTA tube (lavender top) is required from each biological parent. Parental blood samples may be used for maternal cell contamination studies or confirmation studies.
- Send in previous report of known familial variant with specimen
- A minimum of 10 μL DNA (50-250 ng/μL) is required for testing. 20 μL DNA (50-350 ng/μL) is recommended
- Saliva specimens are accepted upon request. Please contact our laboratory to obtain saliva kits
- Saliva samples should be collected in Oragene DNA (OG-500) kits by DNA Genotek
- 1 cheek swab specimen collected from ORAGENE kit from the patient is required. 1 cheek swab specimen collected from ORAGENE kit from both parents is requested.
Samples should be kept and shipped refrigerated or at room temperature. Do not freeze specimens.
Include the following with each sample:
- Completed and signed test requisition form and informed consent
- Billing information or payment (include copy of insurance card)
- Contact information for referring physician
- Testing to be performed
- Indication for testing, patient’s family history, ethnic background and prior relevant test results
Send same day or overnight (check for morning delivery) to:
62 Southfield Ave
Stamford, CT 06902
Results are reported in 3-4 weeks (for postnatal samples) from the receipt of the specimen.
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