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Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia and Long QT Syndrome via the CALM1 Gene

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TEST METHODS

Sequencing

Test Code TestIndividual Gene PriceCPT Code Copy CPT Codes
2133 CALM1$650.00 81479 Add to Order
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Turnaround Time

The great majority of tests are completed within 18 days.

Clinical Sensitivity

CALM1 pathogenic variants contribute less than 1% of Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (Nyegaard et al. 2012).

Up to 70% of patients with a clinical diagnosis of Long QT syndrome have identifiable pathogenic variants (Beckmann et al. 2013). The majority of LQTS cases are caused by pathogenic variants in one of three genes: KCNQ1, KCNH2 and SCN5A. Approximately 5% of LQTS pathogenic variants are contributed together by: ANK2, KCNE1, KCNE2, KCNJ2, CACNA1C, CAV3, SCN4B, AKAP9, SNTA1, KCNJ5, CALM1 and CALM2 (Lieve et al. 2013; Kapplinger et al. 2009; GeneReviews 2015).

To date, no gross deletions or duplications have been reported in CALM1 (Human Gene Mutation Database).

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Clinical Features

Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (CPVT) is an inherited arrhythmogenic heart disorder characterized by life-threatening electrical instability induced by physical or emotional stress without any structural cardiac abnormalities (Napolitano et al. 2014). The electrical instability may degenerate into cardiac arrest and sudden death. CPVT typically onsets during childhood and often presents as syncope. Preventative drugs (beta-blockers) and other treatments are available for susceptible individuals.

 Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a heritable channelopathy characterized by a prolonged cardiac repolarization that may trigger ventricular arrhythmias (torsade de pointes), recurrent syncopes, seizure, or sudden cardiac death (SCD) (Cerrone et al. 2012). LQTS can manifest with syncope and cardiac arrest that is commonly triggered by adrenergic stress, often precipitated by emotion or exercise. Roughly 10% to 15% of patients experience symptoms at rest or during the night (Schwartz et al. 2001). The mean age of onset of symptoms is 12 years, and earlier onset usually is associated with a more severe form of the disease (Priori et al 2004).

Genetics

Pathogenic variants in CALM1 can cause multiple disorders, such as Long QT syndrome type 14 (LQT14) and Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (CPVT). Both are inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. CALM1 encodes a 149 amino acid protein, spans around 10 kb and is located at Chr 14p32.11 (Berchtold et al. 1993). CALM1 is the archetype of the calmodulin (calcium-modulated proteins) family of which nearly 20 members have been identified. Calmodulin (CaM) is a multifunctional calcium ion sensor protein that transduces much of the calcium signaling (Kobayashi et al. 2015). Pathogenic variants in CALM1 impair calcium binding of calmodulin and disturb calmodulin-RYR2 interaction, which plays a key role in arrhythmia and heart failure (Nyegaard  et al. 2012; Xu et al. 2010). So far, all pathogenic variants reported in CALM2 are missense (Human Gene Mutation Database).

Testing Strategy

This test involves bidirectional Sanger DNA sequencing of all coding exons and splice sites of the CALM1 gene. The full coding sequence of each exon plus ~ 20 bp of flanking DNA on either side are sequenced. We will also sequence any single exon (Test #100) in family members of patients with a known mutation or to confirm research results.

Indications for Test

All patients with symptoms suggestive of Long QT and Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia syndrome are candidates for this test.

Gene

Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
CALM1 114180
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT

Related Tests

Name
Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia Sequencing Panel
Long QT Syndrome Sequencing Panel

CONTACTS

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Citations
  • Alders M., Christiaans I. Long QT Syndrome. 2015. In: Pagon RA, Adam MP, Bird TD, Dolan CR, Fong C-T, Smith RJ, and Stephens K, editors. GeneReviews™, Seattle (WA): University of Washington, Seattle. PubMed ID: 20301308
  • Berchtold M.W. et al. 1993. Genomics. 16:461-5. PubMed ID: 8314583
  • Cerrone M. et al. 2012. Circulation. Cardiovascular genetics. 5: 581-90. PubMed ID: 23074337
  • Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD).
  • Kobayashi H. et al. 2015. Development. 142: 375-84. PubMed ID: 25519244
  • Napolitano C. et al. 2014. Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia. In: Pagon RA, Adam MP, Bird TD, Dolan CR, Fong C-T, Smith RJ, and Stephens K, editors. GeneReviews™, Seattle (WA): University of Washington, Seattle. PubMed ID: 20301466
  • Nyegaard M. et al. 2012. American Journal of Human Genetics. 91: 703-12. PubMed ID: 23040497
  • Priori S.G. et al. 2004. JAMA. 292: 1341-4. PubMed ID: 15367556
  • Schwartz P.J. et al. 2001. Circulation. 103: 89-95. PubMed ID: 11136691
  • Xu X. et al. 2010. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 394: 660-6. PubMed ID: 20226167
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TEST METHODS

Bi-Directional Sanger Sequencing

Test Procedure

Nomenclature for sequence variants was from the Human Genome Variation Society (http://www.hgvs.org).  As required, DNA is extracted from the patient specimen.  PCR is used to amplify the indicated exons plus additional flanking non-coding sequence.  After cleaning of the PCR products, cycle sequencing is carried out using the ABI Big Dye Terminator v.3.0 kit.  Products are resolved by electrophoresis on an ABI 3730xl capillary sequencer.  In most cases, sequencing is performed in both forward and reverse directions; in some cases, sequencing is performed twice in either the forward or reverse directions.  In nearly all cases, the full coding region of each exon as well as 20 bases of non-coding DNA flanking the exon are sequenced.

Analytical Validity

As of March 2016, we compared 17.37 Mb of Sanger DNA sequence generated at PreventionGenetics to NextGen sequence generated in other labs. We detected only 4 errors in our Sanger sequences, and these were all due to allele dropout during PCR. For Proficiency Testing, both external and internal, in the 12 years of our lab operation we have Sanger sequenced roughly 8,800 PCR amplicons. Only one error has been identified, and this was due to sequence analysis error.

Our Sanger sequencing is capable of detecting virtually all nucleotide substitutions within the PCR amplicons. Similarly, we detect essentially all heterozygous or homozygous deletions within the amplicons. Homozygous deletions which overlap one or more PCR primer annealing sites are detectable as PCR failure. Heterozygous deletions which overlap one or more PCR primer annealing sites are usually not detected (see Analytical Limitations). All heterozygous insertions within the amplicons up to about 100 nucleotides in length appear to be detectable. Larger heterozygous insertions may not be detected. All homozygous insertions within the amplicons up to about 300 nucleotides in length appear to be detectable. Larger homozygous insertions may masquerade as homozygous deletions (PCR failure).

Analytical Limitations

In exons where our sequencing did not reveal any variation between the two alleles, we cannot be certain that we were able to PCR amplify both of the patient’s alleles. Occasionally, a patient may carry an allele which does not amplify, due for example to a deletion or a large insertion. In these cases, the report contains no information about the second allele.

Similarly, our sequencing tests have almost no power to detect duplications, triplications, etc. of the gene sequences.

In most cases, only the indicated exons and roughly 20 bp of flanking non-coding sequence on each side are analyzed. Test reports contain little or no information about other portions of the gene, including many regulatory regions.

In nearly all cases, we are unable to determine the phase of sequence variants. In particular, when we find two likely causative mutations for recessive disorders, we cannot be certain that the mutations are on different alleles.

Our ability to detect minor sequence variants, due for example to somatic mosaicism is limited. Sequence variants that are present in less than 50% of the patient’s nucleated cells may not be detected.

Runs of mononucleotide repeats (eg (A)n or (T)n) with n >8 in the reference sequence are generally not analyzed because of strand slippage during PCR and cycle sequencing.

Unless otherwise indicated, the sequence data that we report are based on DNA isolated from a specific tissue (usually leukocytes). Test reports contain no information about gene sequences in other tissues.

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REQUISITION FORM
  • A completed requisition form must accompany all specimens.
  • Billing information along with specimen and shipping instructions are within the requisition form.
  • All testing must be ordered by a qualified healthcare provider.

SPECIMEN TYPES
WHOLE BLOOD

(Delivery accepted Monday - Saturday)

  • Collect 3 ml -5 ml (5 ml preferred) of whole blood in EDTA (purple top tube) or ACD (yellow top tube). For Test #500-DNA Banking only, collect 10 ml -20 ml of whole blood.
  • For small babies, we require a minimum of 1 ml of blood.
  • Only one blood tube is required for multiple tests.
  • Ship blood tubes at room temperature in an insulated container. Do not freeze blood.
  • During hot weather, include a frozen ice pack in the shipping container. Place a paper towel or other thin material between the ice pack and the blood tube.
  • In cold weather, include an unfrozen ice pack in the shipping container as insulation.
  • At room temperature, blood specimen is stable for up to 48 hours.
  • If refrigerated, blood specimen is stable for up to one week.
  • Label the tube with the patient name, date of birth and/or ID number.

DNA

(Delivery accepted Monday - Saturday)

  • Send in screw cap tube at least 5 µg -10 µg of purified DNA at a concentration of at least 20 µg/ml for NGS and Sanger tests and at least 5 µg of purified DNA at a concentration of at least 100 µg/ml for gene-centric aCGH, MLPA, and CMA tests, minimum 2 µg for limited specimens.
  • For requests requiring more than one test, send an additional 5 µg DNA per test ordered when possible.
  • DNA may be shipped at room temperature.
  • Label the tube with the composition of the solute, DNA concentration as well as the patient’s name, date of birth, and/or ID number.
  • We only accept genomic DNA for testing. We do NOT accept products of whole genome amplification reactions or other amplification reactions.

CELL CULTURE

(Delivery preferred Monday - Thursday)

  • PreventionGenetics should be notified in advance of arrival of a cell culture.
  • Culture and send at least two T25 flasks of confluent cells.
  • Some panels may require additional flasks (dependent on size of genes, amount of Sanger sequencing required, etc.). Multiple test requests may also require additional flasks. Please contact us for details.
  • Send specimens in insulated, shatterproof container overnight.
  • Cell cultures may be shipped at room temperature or refrigerated.
  • Label the flasks with the patient name, date of birth, and/or ID number.
  • We strongly recommend maintaining a local back-up culture. We do not culture cells.
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