Collect whole blood in a purple top (EDTA) tube.
Refrigerate sample until shipment. Send the sample at room temperature with overnight delivery for receipt Monday through Friday within 24 hours of collection.
Whole blood can be refrigerated until shipment.
Heparinized specimens, severely hemolyzed specimens, frozen, clotted or possibly commingled specimens, blood in non-sterile or leaky containers, mislabeled or inappropriately labeled specimens.
Do not heat, freeze or centrifuge blood before shipment. Refrigerate sample until shipment.
Mon - Fri 9:00am to 4:00pm
X-linked cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5-associated encephalopathy (CDKL5) is an X-linked disorder with a phenotype overlapping that of Rett syndrome and X-linked infantile spasms (ISSX). Rett syndrome is caused by mutations in the MeCP2 gene, and clinical symptoms include loss of speech and purposeful hand use, microcephaly, seizures, ataxia, and stereotypic hand movements. Similar to MECP2, CDKL5 mutations are mostly found in females and rarely in males. The spectrum of phenotypes corresponding to CDKL5-related encephalopathy includes the following: patients with some of the diagnostic criteria of Rett early onset seizure variant, patients characterized by severe encephalopathy with refractory seizures, patients with X-linked infantile spasms and finally, patients with autistic features.
CDKL5 is located on Xp22 and contains 20 coding exons. CDKL5 is involved in mediating the phosphorylation of the methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2). More than 30 pathogenic mutations including missense, nonsense, splice-site and small insertion and deletion mutations have been identified throughout the CDKL5 gene. Germline mosaicism and de novo mutations have been reported.
Sequence analysis of the mutation previously identified in a family member will be performed.
The analytical sensitivity is close to 100% for point mutations by DNA sequencing.
Prenatal testing is available to adult females who are confirmed carriers of mutations. Please contact the laboratory director to discuss appropriate testing prior to collecting a prenatal specimen.
Test results with interpretation will be mailed and/or faxed to the referring physician or laboratory following completion of the test. Additional reports will be provided as requested.
The clinical utility of such testing is to support a clinical diagnosis of the disease, facilitate genetic counseling, assess the risk to other first degree relatives and to facilitate testing of at - risk family members.
Whole blood in EDTA purple top tubes is the preferred sample. High molecular weight genomic DNA, cheek epithelial cells, or other samples containing DNA may be acceptable. Contact the laboratory for specific instructions regarding such samples before sending the sample.