Galactosialidosis, CTSA Sequencing

Disorder Galactosialidosis
Gene Name CTSA
Clinical info Galactosialidosis is a lysosomal storage disease associated with a deficiency the lysosomal protective protein cathepsin A (PPCA), which aggregates with beta-galactosidase and sialidase enzymes to protect them from degradation. Therefore a deficiency of PCCA results in a secondary deficiency of these enzymes. There are 3 distinct subtypes, early infantile, late infantile, and juvenile/adult.

Clinical features common to late infantile and juvenile/adult subtypes include psychomotor delay and deterioration, hepatosplenomegaly, dysostosis multiplex, cherry-red macular spots and corneal clouding, heart defects, and renal involvement. Neurological symptoms are common to the juvenile/adult form, but rare in the late infantile form. The early infantile form is associated with hydrops fetalis, visceromegaly, skeletal dysplasia, and early death.
Indications Molecular testing is useful to confirm the diagnosis and to identify the disease causing mutation within a family to allow for carrier testing and prenatal diagnosis.
Associated Tests

Urine oligosaccharides is available in the Biochemical Diagnostic Lab and may be useful for screening for this disorder.  Beta-galactosidase and sialidase/neuraminidase enzyme testing are also available and can be used to help establish the diagnosis.

Specimen Requirements 5 to 10 ml of peripheral blood collected in an EDTA (lavender top) Vacutainer tube is preferred. The minimal blood needed for reliable DNA isolation is 3 ml.
Transport The specimen should be kept at room temperature and delivered via overnight shipping. FedEx is preferred. If shipment is delayed by one or two days, the specimen should be refrigerated and shipped at room temperature. Do not freeze the specimen. Samples collected on Friday can be safely designated for Monday delivery.
Turnaround time 3 weeks
Prenatal testing Prenatal diagnosis is available if the familial mutation is known. Additional fees for cell culture and maternal cell contamination may apply. Maternal cell contamination studies are required for all prenatal molecular tests. Contact the laboratory prior to sending a prenatal specimen.
CPT Codes

Unknown mutation: 81479

Known mutation: 81479

Deletion/Duplication Analysis: 81229

Cost $1200 for full sequencing (unknown mutation)

$350 for known mutation

$700 for deletion/duplication analysis

Prenatal diagnosis for a known mutation is $1000.  Please contact the lab for more information.
Contact For further information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , MS, Lab Counselor at 1-800-473-9411.

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