X-Linked Intellectual Disability (XLID)

Disorder NGS X-Linked Intellectual Disability (XLID) Panel
Clinical info

Intellectual disability (ID) is characterized by significant limitations in cognitive abilities and social/behavioral adaptive skills. It is estimated that 1-3% of the general population is affected with ID. Intellectual disability is one of the primary reasons for pediatric, neurologic, and genetic referrals.
Intellectual disability can result from both environmental circumstances and genetic causes. Genetic causes, which account for up to 50% of moderate-severe cases, include chromosomal anomalies, specific syndromes, and single gene disorders.
Approximately 10% of the protein-encoding genes on the X chromosome have been implicated in XLID. Although the numbers of mutations and reported families are small, collectively the impact of these genes is significant. This panel includes analysis of 114 X-linked genes that are known to be involved in syndromal and nonsyndromal intellectual disability.
A majority of individuals with XLID are non-syndromal with no other features to assist in the diagnosis. Because of the number of genes involved, it is very difficult to identify which X-linked gene may be responsible for the phenotype in any given patient. Our simultaneous testing of all known XLID genes in a single study provides a significant diagnostic advantage over single gene sequencing.

List of Genes Included on the Panel
Indications Males with intellectual disability (ID) who have normal chromosomes, microarray, and fragile X results and X-linked pattern family history
Males with ID in the presence or absence of other dysmorphic, neuromuscular, metabolic or behavioral phenotypes that distinguish the proband from unaffected males in the family
Females with a family history suggestive of an X-linked disorder and suspected to be carriers when no living males with ID are available to test

*For patients with a specific suspected XLID syndrome, individual gene sequencing should be considered first.*

Molecular testing is useful to confirm the diagnosis and to identify the disease causing mutations within a family to allow for carrier testing and prenatal diagnosis.
Detection The current design of the XLID panel covers approximately 10% of coding genes found on the X chromosome. At present, genes that do no encode a protein product are not included in the panel. As new genes are implicated in XLID, updates will be made to the existing assay. All novel and apparently pathogenic changes are reported when found within the coding region as well as within 25 basepairs of each intron/exon boundary for each gene. Promoter and 3’ untranslated sequences are not included in the current analysis. It should be noted that the current protocol is not specifically designed to detect copy number alterations, but deletions in males should be readily apparent based on lack of amplification and sequence detection. Single exon deletions may require additional follow-up to determine whether or not they represent technical artifacts. We recommend further array-based testing to more accurately address the concerns of dosage alterations. The Cytogenetic Laboratory at GGC provides high resolution testing for both X chromosome and whole genome applications. The GGC Diagnostic Laboratory Directors are available for further consultation regarding the limitations of the NGS and array testing procedures.
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 8-10 weeks
Prenatal testing Prenatal diagnosis is available if the familial mutations are 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 81470


Insurance billing is available for this test. The Insurance Billing Form is required along with copies of the authorization or letter of agreement from the insurance company.

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